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.

Beaver

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 41.

    Great mini series, would have liked it to have gone on longer. I gave up watching Spring/Autumn watch last year as the shows just seemed to revolve around the badger and fox, one of whom carries TB and the other killed my hens!!! It was a joy to watch the beavers, otters, pinemartens and other indigenous Highland creatures. I can watch the red deer rut from my kitchen window, but the footage from Rum was great. Looking forward to winter watch returning in the New Year.

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    Comment number 42.

    I'm clearly in the minority but I was disappointed with Autumn watch.

    Programme 3 of 4 was the best, by far. (Accurate?..well don't worry too much about that)

    My disappointment is that, so often, the programme(s) becomes about the presenters rather than about nature, wildlife and the countryside. There were plenty of examples for example when we could have been looking at the, probably discarded, footage and listened to commentary and not look at the presenters.

    Agree with comments about preference for Kate Humble but no big deal.

    I just feel that the programme was good but could have been so much better...there should have been more local stuff and (OK my preference) about birds.

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    Comment number 44.

    Just spent a wonderful week on the east coast of scotland, glad that autumn watch was there,made our week more enoyable, saw the seals at Burghead Thursday evening and caught some video footage, this is made our holiday, we had wonderful days out and about in the amazing scottish autunm, this area is my childhood home, and it was a honour to be home and witness so many wonderful sights, thankyou.

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    Comment number 45.

    I lived every second of it and always do. Autumnwatch is the perfect format for captivating and interesting the masses in wildlife. The attachment I feel towards the presenters and the animals is intense and like no other wildlife program. This new modern style of presenting and producing TV is spot on and it is TV at its best. I don't think any other Broadcaster could match this and BBC do seem to have got this to a fine art. The chat and wit of the presenters is so sharp and they are like my best friends. Unsprung was a bit of a let down though compared to previous series but I'm not complaining.

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    Comment number 46.

    Can't wait for winterwatch. Thought autumnwatch would have been on for longer. I have learned so much watching the programmes. Thanks to all the people who make the programme possible.

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    Comment number 47.

    We LOVE AutumnWatch and SpringWatch. The series has been as enjoyable and well presented as ever.

    However, enjoyment SERIOUSLY marred by how short it was. Please don't do this again BBC. Seriously. Seriously. Gutted. :o(

    Phil, Leigh and Jackson (age 8)

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    Comment number 48.

    Another great series. Chris the standout presenter as always. Have to agree with others comments re: "pub quiz" on Unsprung. This was chaotic and did not make good television. Almost caused us to hit the off button. Please can you try and avoid similar "dumbing down" in future?

    PS As I type this, just seen our first ever Jay on the bird feeders in our back garden. Wonderful!

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    Comment number 49.

    I thought Autumnwatch this year was truely awe inspiring.The diversity of topics covered was fantastic. I particularly liked the Scottish Wildcat segment. Autumn is my favourite time of year, the colours are incredible and Autumnwatch displayed these at their best. It has made we want to do more in my (small) garden and in the wider community. Well done to all involved in this year's production. I can't wait for Winterwatch.

    Thank you all for a great 4 days of celebration.

    David Bradley

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    Comment number 50.

    Enjoyed Autumnwatch very much but feel Chris Packham was misinformed on a number of pine marten facts. They do cache food and a territortial group are social . E--mail me if you need more information.

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    Comment number 51.

    I really enjoy the show, and always learn something from it, But could we not have MORE of Unsprung??? Its so good in every way, give it more time so its not so rushed! Well thats my view. And Chris your great! Thanks

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    Comment number 52.

    Way too short. Can"t wait for winter watch.

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    Comment number 53.

    Holly. I agree with many of the comments made re the excellent show last week, content, filming all perfect. However, I feel you have ignored the MANY people who were infuriated by the inability of your team to have researched the proper pronunciation of basic words such as Loch, (NOT LOCK) Moor (NOT MOAR/MORE) and Capercaillie (NOT KAYPER-KAY-LEE) consequently your presenters have annoyed a large number of viewers. Why did you not simply ask the locals or your Scottish presenters to help with some diction lessons? I called Aigas centre twice last week, to be told on both occasions they had been inundated with complaints about the appalling diction and “….would be glad when the show is over” - their words. I think you owe it to your viewers and this blog to put the record straight as to why you and your team failed to nip this in the bud.

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    Comment number 54.

    Dear northern jock ...could not agree more .....there were irritating basic errors including, but not exclusively, to do with pronunciation. Plus we had too much mileage of the presenters.....check Countryfile ...they do it better.

    That said I still liked the prog....frankly it's just that they could do it a whole lot better

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    Comment number 55.

    It is such an enthusiastically presented show its a joy to watch. It's the first year I've watched both spring watch and autumn watch and I am totally enthralled by the knowledge of the presenters and also the gorgeous locations.

    Well done to the people both in front and behind the cameras excellent show, thank you.

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    Comment number 56.

    I agree with most of the comments about Autumnwatch being far too short at four nights,but I enjoyed it so much!While everyone has their opinion and as much as i liked Kate Humble i have not really missed her and that's down to Michaela who has done a brilliant job as have Chris and Martin.Well done everyone and can't wait for Winterwatch

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    Comment number 57.

    I actually believe this was inspired thinking. It did however leave you wanting more and find that switching off the webcams so soon was disappointing. I understand that the venue this year may have been restricting but find the content riveting and different. I loved it even though it was so short and wonder if there is to be a summerwatch ? Look forward to it !

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    Comment number 58.

    I have enjoyed Autumnwatch and Springwatch for many years, but I feel somewhat let down by this latest series. The presenters were excellent, the content was well put together and maintained my interest throughout. However, this series was far too short and gave the appearance of being rushed and crammed. This kind of programme requires adequate time in order to allow stories to develop. Four hours barely scratched the surface of the chosen topics and didn't allow for much interaction as has been the case in previous years. Please reconsider this format...'if it ain't broke, don't fix it!'

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    Comment number 59.

    Wish the series could've been longer, only four days. Atleast there will be four episodes of Winterwatch. I agree with Stevie, the once a week for a month was better than in one week. Even more than that would be appreciated BBC :)

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    Comment number 60.

    Autumnwatch 2012 was another fascinating, fast-paced, technically brilliant, clever production and not only did I learn a great deal (esp. the stag rutting), but it was a visual treat as well. I just love the series, which is so much better these days, the presenters seem to really be enjoying themselves as well which makes for a relaxed party atmosphere. This time I loved the music which accompanied the last scenes of Scotland - what was it? I look forward to the one in January.

 

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