What have Autumnwatch been up to this week?

Posted: September 30, 2011 at 17:18 pm Author: Katrina Podlewska

Westonbirt is getting ready to host BBC Autumnwatch Live in October - the arboretum is buzzing with excitement and with only a week to go before the first broadcast, some of the team's camera crew have been out and about making the most of the glorious sunshine to get footage for the shows.

In the Old Arboretum and across Silk Wood, cameraman Louis has been returning regularly to his lapsed-time camera positions to take new footage. The film gained across several weeks will be edited to show Westonbirt's colourful progression into autumn.

Louis' work sees him set up positions all around the arboretum, including up this very tall Scott's pine. Our tree team are helping him each week by getting him safely to the height he needs with the MEWP - the mobile elevated work platform (or cherry picker as it's sometimes known).

Louis reaches his camera position using the MEWP The full height of the tree the camera is attached to Raef from the tree team controls the MEWP whilst Louis fixes the camera into position Shooting across the Downs by Silk Wood

We've also welcomed specialist wildlife camerman Lindsay, who has been investigating the wildlife across the arboretum with another member of our tree team. Early starts have been necessary - but I'm assured they've got what they were after!

The BBC Autumnwatch Live Land Rover Stunning views captured by Lindsay

The excitement really kicks off next week when the team come on site to get ready for the first show on Friday 7th October - we'll post more pics of the set up and behind the scenes action then.


More behind the scenes information and info on the presenters can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/autumnwatch.