From his socially distanced base in Mid Wales, Iolo Williams makes a welcome return as co-host of BBC’s Winterwatch
After a gloomy start to the year, Winterwatch’s cheerful presenters and fascinating wildlife will be a breath of fresh air and the perfect antidote to the ever-present 24-hour, Covid-obsessed news.
And here in Wales and the Borders, our very own Iolo Williams will be sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world from The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) near Machynlleth. After broadcasting Autumnwatch live from CAT last year, Iolo and the team return for two weeks, to share the sights and sounds of a new season.
Built on what was once a barren slate quarry in Snowdonia, the centre has been transformed over the last 50 years into several rich habitats, providing a home for a wide range of species, including rare hazel dormice, pine martens and endangered bird species.
“There is such an abundance of wildlife in Mid Wales and it’s great to see it flourishing at a site that was once an industrial quarry,” says Iolo. “This is a place with the future survival of our planet at its very core.”
Iolo will be joined by Chris Packham, Gillian Burke and Megan McCubbin from other rural sites across the UK (Michaela Strachan was forced to pull out of this year’s series after lockdown restrictions left her stranded in her home in South Africa).
But as ever, the main stars of the show will be the animals, which this series feature badgers, red squirrels, tawny owls and brittlestars.
Eight episodes of Winterwatch will be aired on BBC2 from Tuesday January 19th to the 29th at 8pm.