That was Springwatch 2013 - what did you think?

Thursday 13 June 2013, 20:44

Holly Spearing Holly Spearing Series Producer

I can't believe we've reached the end of the series already.  It has been another whirlwind of action and drama and beauty ..... and not sleeping enough ...... and midges !

Our weird, late spring certainly prompted a new and interesting story from the RSPB's glorious Ynys Hir reserve this year - so many new species and new behaviours (thanks to Dick and all our RSPB friends !).  It's amazing to think that we never really know what is going to happen each year.  Who would have known that the jackdaws would dominate our news on many days, and that a grass snake would put in a dramatic appearance?  I've particularly enjoyed the fledge fest of the last few days - almost like nature planned it for us.

We also never know what amazing things that you, our incredible audience, are going to send in, and tell us about, and photograph ..... and tweet.  What you do and say and send is so much a part of Springwatch that I can genuinely say we cannot make it without you these days.  So a big thank you from all of us in the Springwatch team.

We've had a great time (fabulous weather helped!) and we've learned loads of new things, not just about the wildlife, but also about how we make the show and the web stuff - and what you like to watch.  As in previous years, we're writing this blog and inviting your comments and suggestions (just post below) about what you've liked - and disliked, and what you want to see more of - and less of.  We really do want to hear what you think and how you think we should evolve further.

I'm sure you are aware that there was a big debate about the badger cull on the blog we set up to link you to the science behind the issue and on to our BBC News colleagues for the political and policy aspects of the story.  Thank you to the many of you who have had your say by commenting on that blog.  The blog is still live and you can continue to have your say - I am sure the debate will continue for a long time to come.  Do keep tuned in to BBC News for the latest on this evolving story.

From all of us in the team, thank you very much for watching Springwatch 2013 in all its guises -  and for getting involved.  After a bit of a lie down, we'll be flat out planning for Autumnwatch - thoughts and suggestions welcome. 

Do look out for our "Springwatch Guide to Butterflies" on BBC TWO sometime in July, and have a great Summer of Wildlife!

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    Comment number 1.

    A tremendous series, but over too soon. You have a great presentation team. Sadly we have too few unplugged programmes. See you all again soon. Kind regards Richard.

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    What a fantastic Springwatch 2013, thank you so much to all of the team. I particularly enjoyed the views of butterflies, the film about snails and the stunning shots from the micro-world studio. I'm looking forward to the special butterfly programme in July. The varied nests were great and I found the close-up of the bees fascinating. Thank you to all of you, it was great to be able to look forward to a great tv programme for four nights a week over the past three weeks.

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    Comment number 3.

    Another fantastic series well done guys!! Enjoyed every minute! Great to be able to catch up on missed episodes on I-player too. Presenters are a great team, enthusiastic, educational with a hint of humour what more could you want. I agree with Richard its over so quickly!! Will look forward to Autumnwatch. Thank you!!!!

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    Comment number 4.

    It was great (even the mallard!) - but we were disappointed that the red kites didn't feature today, though they were advertised in The Times. Perhaps we should be disappointed with The Times, for assuming these fabulous birds would feature again? Given that they are a regular visitor here (South Lincs), we were looking forward to seeing them. The programme was fabulous, though, grass snake, jackdaw burglars, and all.

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    Comment number 5.

    Loved this series - the whole team have done a great job - the whole crew. Although it isn't just about them - it should be said that the 4 main series presenters are excellent. Job Well done producers, researchers, crew presenters, cameras etc - Fab & can't wait for the next "season"!

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    Comment number 6.

    what a superb program this is!, [please you can extend it to 4 weeks next time bbc?] well done chris and the gang for another brilliant springwatch.

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    Comment number 7.

    Most definitely the best series yet. More citizen science and explanation, not dumbed down yet something for everyone. Huge thanks to the whole team, not just the presenters at the forefront. See you in the autumn.

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    Comment number 8.

    Well I'm still catching up on the iPlayer so only halfway through at the moment but enjoying immensely as always. Bit overwhelmed at all the different flavours of Springwatch this year. Hope I get time to see all the episodes. I'm concentrating on the main series and the Unsprungs - not even started on SW in the Afternoon yet. And Springwatch Extra is not even on the iPlayer :( which is a shame as I know these are unlikely to ever be repeated on TV.

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    Comment number 9.

    Fantastic series! Love the whole show and learn so much every year. Thank you to all of the Springwatch team.

    A quick question: I am finishing my animal management course in July and really want to get into tv by doing filming or presenting. What should I do next?

    Thanks again
    Ross T

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    Comment number 10.

    Excellent again, as always, fantastic presenting, amazing production & nest finders particularly for the Water Rails!
    You should consider a Hedgehog cam for Autumnwatch - whilst it wouldn't be much good for the live show as they're nocturnal, it would be good to watch & catch up with during the live programme! I'd even consider staying up late to watch the live cam!

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    Comment number 11.

    Brilliant stuff loved it all ,well done all to the team .Cant wait till Autum watch.

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    Comment number 12.

    I thought this years Springwatch the best ever programme. Lots of interesting things happening, beautiful photography & a lovely RSPB reserve to do it all in. All the people involved did a marvelous job. Congratulations BBC.

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    Comment number 13.

    Brilliant, and a great shame that it is at an end. Both the main programme and unsprung are fantastic and the balance of presenters skills, talents and styles is great. My two recommendations would be to continue the series for longer and to have unsprung at least twice a week.

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    Comment number 14.

    Best series yet, and probably thanks to the Water rails, but loved to see the Stonechats and Redstarts too. The camerawork is as usual fantastic, the presenters are a great mix. Loved the microworld too!

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    Comment number 15.

    Good camaraderie with the presenters who are natural especially Unsprung, and thoroughly enjoyed live cameras with birds fledging live! but over too soon!! Really enjoyed Lundy piece keep up the good work. Can't wait for autumn watch x

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    Comment number 16.

    Fantastic show again this year. Massive thanks to each and every one of you Spring Watch team. You tirelessly bring us amazing footage, fun, information and completely action packed shows. My young sons and I absolutely love your show. We all get very excited when it is that time of year for Spring Watch. I wish for more unplugged too.
    We just live the webcams and the FB page is really great too.
    Nature in action. We need much more of this on our screens.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you researchers, techno guys, camera men/women, producers, And all you other hard working peeps at Spring Watch

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    Comment number 17.

    Thank you Thank you Thank you what a wonderful experience to see up close and personel all our wonderful spring wild life.The series has got to have been the best so far but I do think I say that every time.All the different birds that I probably would never see and certainly not in such detail.I learn such a lot from these programmes and all who contribute their knowledge in one form or another.I have been totally riveted to the live cameras and got very little done but I am sure all my household chores will still be there next week.Looking forward to Autumn watch.I hope you all have a lovely Summer.

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    Comment number 18.

    than kyou for a wonderful springwatch we so enjoyed all of it the highs and the lows . Laws of nature in the raw , look forward to many more, you have enthused me to build a big bug home once again thankyou xx

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    Comment number 19.

    I think it was a complete disgrace that you did not cover the impending massacre of our badgers by a government which threatens many species of our indigenous wildlife.
    It seems to be ok to show weasels killing chicks and a grass snake also predating a chick but no mention of the morons who are going to cause pain and suffering to our most iconic British mammal. Deeply disappointed that you appear to condone the badger massacre.

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    Comment number 20.

    A really excellent show. What amazing footage from the web cameras. Informative, fun and great family viewing. It oozes passion for it's subject and is infectious because of this. All round excellent television sadly an art form disappearing as fast as some of our wildlife. Roll on Autumn watch.

 

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