That was Autumnwatch 2012 - what did you think?

Friday 2 November 2012, 21:15

Holly Spearing Holly Spearing Series Producer

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Well, we come to the end of Autumnwatch 2012 and as always we're keen to know what you thought.

We feel genuinely privileged to have been here in the Scottish Highlands with unique access to watch animal behaviour, particularly from some of our rarest and illusive animals - the pine marten, and of course beavers, otters, badgers and many more.


We've also seen how animals everywhere around the UK are preparing for autumn and winter.

We're back in January with 4 more live shows - Winterwatch, hoping to discover how winter is affecting wildlife around the UK.

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    Comment number 21.

    Enjoyed Autumnwatch very much but one week not long enough. Surely one more week perhaps without red deer would have been very nice.

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    Comment number 22.

    Why oh why we're there only 4 programmes for this excellent wildlife show? In these trying times for the ordinary man and woman it's such a treat to forget everyday goings on in the human world and just watch how the animals we share this planet with go about their daily business. I'm sure this programme is of particular interest to those who are unable to get out and about for various reasons. I wonder how many programmes are scheduled for Winterwatch in January. The excellent 'Unsprung' also needs a return to its previous format after every show. I do hope you are listening BBC as I am getting a little exasperated by your spending the UK's licence payers money on other rubbish instead of excellent homegrown productions such as Autumnwatch.

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    Comment number 23.

    I loved every minute of Autumnwatch and, as always, would have liked more programmes, but I do like the four consecutive evenings format. It would be lovely to have Unsprung after every programme, but loved the chaos of the last Unsprung with the Pub Quiz! I was especially enthralled by the footage of the beavers and the red squirrels, but all the animals featured were wonderful including the three presenters! The Live Web Cams were superb.

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    Comment number 24.

    Was Mr Packham coming up with film title references this series - or was it just my imagination? Yesterday we had 'Forrest Gump' and 'Reds', several of 'the beaver' and probably more - anyone else spot any? Too too short of course!

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    Comment number 25.

    Just catching up with this series and noticed that when Chris was talking about the migration of the swift, the highlighted area on his map was not Uganda, looked more like the Congo. Just wondering if the map was right and they migrate to Congo or whether Chris was right in what he said and they migrate to Uganda - can anyone confirm please
    Dont mean to be negative as I love this series and look forward to watching

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    Comment number 26.

    Thanks for a brilliant week. I too am sad it is only a week, but I can see why doing a Winterwatch from the same location will be great too. This was much more of a Springwatch style than Autumnwatch has been for the last few years, which was great. Although less action to follow so maybe there wouldn't be much more to see for another week!? Bring on winter!

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    Comment number 27.

    From one who lives on this community thank you for joining us in this marvellous area. To Autumn Watch thanks for creating a great, albeit brief, program. We look forward to seeing you back in January. The wildlife lives amongst us in this area and for those who take the time all these experiences are possible. Come and visit us, We would love to see you. A few thermals and strong boots and the Highlands, raw in tooth and claw, awaits you.

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    Comment number 28.

    Have watched every series to date, each pushing the bar a little higher each time but this series was even better; well done to all. The selection of Invernesshire was inspired providing a truly fantastic backdrop to the presenters. The planning or all presentations including Yolo's Eagle piece, beavers, otters, pine martins, Rhum red deer rut etc etc., was exceptional and uplifting to view; not to mention what we have learnt! The pleasure and enjoyment that the presenters and production team must have had in setting this all up shone through each programme; particularly demonstrated in Unsprung after last nights show. A very well done to the entire Team and especially to the presenters Micheala, Chris and Martin for sharing your knowledge with us. Roll-on 14 January 2013!!

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    Comment number 30.

    missing Kate seems to have gone a bit flat....

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    Comment number 31.

    Brilliant series. I feel the new format is better than the one a week format (though like most other people, a few more shows wouldn't have gone amiss) and the location was perfect.

    The team seem to fit together very well, and the range of items (be it pine martens, badgers, beavers) was spot on- great to have a focus on mammals as well as birds.

    How about a feature about crossbills from Scotland? They're a fascinating bird and if more series are held in Scotland it would be something interesting to film as they are almost exclusive to Northern Scotland.

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    Comment number 32.

    1 ) The series is WAY too short! Three weeks of four days a week as a minimum is a must!
    2 ) I know not everyone will agree, but I for one LOVE Chris Packham's sly song / film title mentions. I found The Cure and Manic Street Preachers a little hard to keep up with, but the more mainstream stuff like Bowie and this season's film references were great. ( Crowbarring 'Space Oddity' into Springwatch was, in my opinion, a work of sheer genius! )
    3 ) As a general observation, I do wish we were kept better informed about certain things. In the case of the disappearance of both Simon King ( who I liked very much ) and Kate Humble ( ditto - though kudos to Michaela for stepping into her shoes ), almost no mention at all was made of the reason for their departure, what they'd moved on to, or whether we would see them return at any point. Also, during the course of this series, no mention has been made of WHY we're only getting a scant four shows this time round. Surely this can't be due to decreasing viewer figures? - if that were true, why would we now be getting the additional Winterwatch programmes ( which are very welcome, by the way! )?
    4 ) Generally - kudos to Spring / Autumn / Winterwatch as a whole: I don't consider myself a devout naturalist by any means, and five years ago I would never have dreamed of even watching programmes like this, let alone looking forward to them. Chris Packham's knowledge and his fun way of presenting works brilliantly well, in my opinion, and the banter with the other two is great and has most definitely made a convert out of me.

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    Comment number 33.

    Thank goodness for the beavers, otters, pinemartins, deer and all the other wildlife - they saved the programme!
    And I feel for Chris Packham having his photography ability dismissed by a clearly over-rated Micheala, wasnt she last the host of a kiddies programme?
    She should go back to what she does best!
    Cant you bring back our much loved Kate Humble instead of this not very presentable replacement?
    Just my Humble opinion...

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    Comment number 34.

    Echo other comments: it needs to be two weeks! But also the film clip of Snettisham was a magnificent poetic fusion of sound, music, vision and the spoken word - entrancing.

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    Comment number 35.

    Probably the best series yet....
    .But to be honest-1 week-
    why bother????

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    Comment number 36.

    Great programme as always and great footage all round .If i did have 1 complaint and it has been mentioned already seems a lot of effort from all concerned for just 4 nights viewing wish it could have been longer. As theses programmes are the best on television .Also just 1 suggestion any chance 1 year you could do a programme from from Attenborough nature reserve in the
    East midlands as there is such a wide variety of wildlife for all to see.

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    Comment number 37.

    As an avid viewer, I was really disappointed with Autumnwatch this year. I am slightly hard-of-hearing, and can't use subtitles on a live programme like this because they lag so far behind, and miss out a lot as well! I'm afraid the diction of the presenters leaves a lot to be desired (particularly when they get excited about something!), they talk over each other quite a lot, and move about when speaking, and I could only hear barely half of what they were saying. I realise this is one of the difficulties of a live programme (and perhaps it had something to do with them being so muffled up against the cold!) but it ruined the programme for me, and I suspect quite a few others!

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    Comment number 38.

    Presenters brilliant as usual,but felt that some magic element missing in a short 4 day series as there was no journey with nature over a period of time or chance to see the changing season. Also the viewer participation was missing with only a few read out during the series and nothing in the usually interactive Unsprung which was disappointing.

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    Comment number 39.

    Too short and unsprung was a waste of time. Somebody should teach Martin how to laugh instead of wheezing, but not Jimmy Carr.

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    Comment number 40.

    I was a little bit disappointed with Autumnwatch2012. I felt too much time was spent on warring
    red stags, beavers, and grey squirrels. With such a location it would have marvellous to see of
    golden and sea eagles, otters, wild cats actually in the wild, and other raptors and Scottish birdlife
    The presenters were great, but could speak a little more slowly, and not all speak at once. Some of their comments were lost.


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