Autumnwatch in Powys

by Webmaster, 23rd October 2020

Centre for Alternative Technology to be one of four sites for this year's show

Photo: © BBC

As the leaves turn burnt orange, scarlet and gold, and our wild creatures feast on the abundant nuts and berries in preparation for the coming winter, it can mean only one thing – it’s time for BBC Autumnwatch to bring the wonder of the season into our living rooms.

And this year the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) near Machynlleth in Powys has been chosen as one of four live bases for the series.

For two weeks, from 27th October, our very own columnist Iolo Williams – himself from Mid Wales – will present from CAT, alongside Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke (pictured from left to right) from their respective locations.

“I’m delighted to be based at CAT for this year’s Autumnwatch,” Iolo tells us. “It gives me another opportunity to highlight Mid Wales’ wonderful wildlife.”

Located in the scenic foothills of Snowdonia, in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve, CAT is not only a visitor centre where people can learn about solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency, but is also home to a rich variety of habitats and wildlife.

“We’re really looking forward to sharing some of the sights and sounds of CAT and the Dyfi Valley with Iolo and all of the Autumnwatch viewers in a few weeks’ time,” says Peter Tyldesley, CAT CEO.

“The woodlands, gardens, ponds and meadows of CAT are home to a rich variety of species, from dormice to dippers and from lesser horseshoe bats to greater spotted woodpeckers.”

• Autumnwatch 2020 will start on BBC Two on Tuesday 27th October and will run every week night for two weeks. For further details about the show, visit

• The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ. For more information, tel: 01654 705950 or visit


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