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.

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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 61.

    I would like to totally agree with eco_perthsire (comment no 12). The show got off to a very bad start with their piece on grey squirrels - it was both inaccurate and confusing. This was a great pity as the rest of the programme was good and the location at Aigas fabulous. Grey squirrels are not a species to promote or encourage - they cause great damage to deciduous trees and have caused the decline of the red squirrel.

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    Comment number 62.

    I also would have liked to see Autumnwatch run for 2 weeks. For all the time and trouble it must take to set up for the series in the first place, surely to run it for 8 nights rather then 4 would have been worth it? I would also like to see less of the stag fighting. This has been done every year now and personally I think too much time is devoted to it. We all know about it and I would like to see time spent on something else next year ...... there was a sense of Autumnwatch turning into Fight Club which I didn't like. Would love to have seen more on birds and migration; and the Golden Eagle feature was really too short. But having said that, thanks to the BBC for providing us again with a great series and concept overall - Springwatch/Autumnwatch and the link to how we can all protect and appreciate the landscape and wildlife of the UK is really invaluable.

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    Comment number 63.

    I agree with most of the comments on here regarding the duration - four episodes is just not enough but I guess with the bashing the BBC is getting from all comers at the moment money is tight and something had to give.

    Having said that I did find the format this series to be the best yet - I think you've found the sweet-spot now BBC.

    Oh, and what a location!

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    Comment number 64.

    Regarding the Red vs Grey squirrel discussion, there was an excellent piece on Countryfile last night from Keilder Water forest by a Martin Davidson about 7 minutes into the programme which is well worth viewing on iPlayer. see below. It explains that the greys do not survive so well on small seeded cones as are found in pine forests whereas the Reds do . Nothing mentioned about greys having better memories, and in fact he was less than happy about the prospect of grey numbers increasing. Do your research better next time Autumnwatch !

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nvpqb/Countryfile_04_11_2012/

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    Comment number 65.

    What a series yet again. Chris Packham never ceases to amaze me with his depth of knowledge. My only complaint is, that four evenings is way too short. It's the only programme on t.v. that's worth staying in for. I can't wait for winter watch. THANKYOU.

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    Comment number 66.

    can someone remind me the name of the photographer that did the filming and the prose on the disused coal mine Episode 4.. I thought it was very thought provoking and beautiful. thanks.

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    Comment number 67.

    Enjoyed the series more than ever. The balance of personalities of the presenters is just right. Why is it only on for a week?

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    Comment number 68.

    The filming of the beavers etc was ACE, felt like I could reach out my hand and touch them, then with the sound of the stags in the background, wow, I was THERE!
    Loved the film about the coal tip coming into 'colour', hope we can reclaim all our 'waste' ground for wildlife like that.
    Excellent 4 days but I echo everyone,not enough,I need more! More viewers videos, more unsprung with lots of guest creatures behaving badly or not at all in the studios (let the presenters interpret that as they wish) More of Oddie style 'the everyday creatures under the garden gnome' sort of thing alongside the more exotic wildlife in faraway places (to me) I like to know and understand more of the wildlife that is local to me.
    And in that vein, with due respect to the red squirell conservationists, I quite like the grey ones that I see too.
    Hope Winterwatch will raise my spirits which escalated downwards as each web-cam was turned off.

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    Comment number 69.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the series, though as has been mentioned before, Unsprung seemed so rushed and haphazard as to be worse than nothing at all. There seemed to be little in the way of audience participation or feedback. (Which in my opinion is one of the great things about Unsprung.)

    I'd personally like to see a greater diversity of animals shown. Not just the big, showy creatures but the untold stories of British wildlife.

    These programs also seem to shy away from the contentious issues which are very important. More about actual conservation in the UK would be good. (A week in red squirrel country and hardly anything said about measures to control greys, how these are run and who runs them.)
    Wildlife crime is also a big issue just now, and learning about it in an even handed and considered way would be good to see. I'm not only speaking about raptor persecution, but other crimes as well. (Eggs, Freshwater pearl mussels, poaching etc.)

    Otherwise, very good.

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    Comment number 70.

    Generally excellent, but felt very 'cut-down'. You can't tell a story in 4 days! Why could it not have been at least two weeks? The BBC has a winning formula in Autumwatch, don't kill it! Two weeks each for Spring & Autumn, & maybe a week each for Summer & Winter???

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    Comment number 71.

    What a fabulous series - so fantastic to see some of the British Isles' most spectacular mammals. Well done the whole team. Like others though I am gutted that it was only a week. All those cameras.... Points of View voice "Come on BBC - give us another week and make it hour for hour more value for money!"

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    Comment number 72.

    Good point about the conservation issues... another week would have given more time!!! I like Tilly2 though do love the grey squirrels too.. though I have friends who use the "rats with good PR" line!

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    Comment number 73.

    Really enjoyed the series, particularly the morning webcams. Watching the mist clear and the sun come up over the loch was a real privilege and a treat every morning. Must echo most people's views that the series was not nearly long enough. Maybe three or four shows a week over two weeks would be better, although I know cost is obsioulsy the main factor. The quiz was a smables. I'm afraid I had to switch it off, it was so embarrasingly bad. Thrilled to hear there's going to be a Winterwatch though! Should be awesome coming from Scotland :-)

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    Comment number 74.

    i went into the garden to feed the birds this morning on the bird table and a small bird literally fell to the ground from the holly tree! it was laid flat on its back but still alive. i picked it up and it fluttered off to a bush. to my suprise i walked down the garden back to the house only to find another one in the same position! what on earth is going on.

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    Comment number 75.

    great program as always, having been to Aigas for a weeks holiday a few years ago it was wonderful to see the beavers, otters and other wildlife around the loch and Sir John of course. Program over all too quick. Missed unsprung this time - please bring it back

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    Comment number 76.

    Loved the show while it was on but feeling down now. Far too short. Feel like a drug addict in withdrawal. Please not so short next time - autumnwatch carries me through the darker days of year.

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    Comment number 77.

    I was a little disappointed with this years Autumn Watch is it was only on for four nights. Why was this? I didn't feel it was as good as last years, although the footage shown was good, I would have enjoyed more if there was more footage on the bird migration. Maybe the lack of content was down to the short air-time given to the program. Personally, I would have liked it to have been on for at least a couple of weeks if not longer - this is the sort of program I pay my licence fee to watch. It's a shame some of the original presenters couldn't make the odd appearance as well.

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    Comment number 78.

    PS....Regarding Unsprung.....what a joke the quiz was!!!!

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    Comment number 79.

    badgermich 24, Did Chwis refer to the Leslie Nielsen line, "Nice Beaver!" from the film The Naked Gun?

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    Comment number 80.

    Totally agree with dpf, four days isnt enough for this great programme... Come on BBC, at least 2 weeks worth please (and another 2 weeks for WinterWatch and Springwatch)

 

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