Preview – Winterwatch 2017

Michaela Strachan

The …watch team return once again for a look at this season’s wildlife wonders.

For the next four days the team will be in RSPB Arne in Dorset, one of the most diverse nature reserves in the country. It is also not just the nature that is diverse. Among those joining Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games is Gillian Burke. The inclusion of Kenyan-born Burke, who is taking a more prominent place on the show than the already established Hughes-Games, sparked debate among some about whether Burke’s presence is just about the BBC trying to meet diversity quotas.

This will be a debate that will go on and on, but really we should be concentrating on what will see on the programme – well, I would, but what with the programme being mostly live that is rather difficult to do.

Winterwatch 2017 is on BBC Two at 20.00 between Monday and Thursday. Winterwatch Wrapped Up follows on the BBC Red Button.