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 21.

    Another excellent series, with a great team of presenters, many thanks. I particularly enjoyed the Springwatch Extra programmes on the red button this season and seeing the personalities behind the scenes. Springwatch has once again, ended far too quickly.

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    Comment number 22.

    Brilliant, just brilliant. As a family we've watched all Springwatch series since it began & we collectively think this one has been the best. In previous years too much onus on birds (which, don't get me wrong, are lovely) but glad more diversity this year with mammals, insects, reptiles & even plants included :) My 6 year old daughter asks for more spiders next time though ;) So congratulations & thank you all for winning your ever-continuing quest to entertain & educate us all :)) xx

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    Comment number 23.

    I look forwards to both Autumn and Spring watch each year. This series has just finished,and I'm counting the days to Autumn watch. Well done everybody involved.

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    Comment number 24.

    Another great 3 weeks of superb wildlife, thank you to all who make this show possible. I did miss having a woodland cam, hope it can be back for Autumnwatch! Have an idea, called air cam. Have a camera pointed up in the sky to watch the birds and there behaviour! I have been truly inspired and I now want a career in conservation!

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    Comment number 25.

    An excellent series, one of the best. As always, a fantastic mix of information and entertainment and some truly wonderful photography. Well done to all involved!

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    Comment number 26.

    Brilliant series once again! Well done to all involved, top class work! I think my favourite part had to be the water rail & chicks, what a treat! Fantastic stuff! :)

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    Comment number 27.

    Great series this year. Love all the presenters. Look forward to Autumn Watch!

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    Comment number 28.

    Absolutely wonderful! I can't express fully how wonderful Springwatch is - what a fantastic programme! It brings nature to everybody and it filled me with joy and emotion to see how others enjoy and share nature's beauty, and take the message to other people. It's such a great way to spread the word and get everyone involved, particularly children. Watching people who care about it in the same way as their viewers is heartwarming. I know I am gushing but it really does deserve so much praise, because these things matter! Chris, Michaela, Martin, Iolo and Nick are wonderful - it's great to have people who are genuinely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Martin, well, he is just fabulous ;-) lol I also enjoyed Unsprung very much too. I always miss it when it ends but - my own Springwatch is here to experience outside! Thank you so much to all of you for a fabulous and fascinating series!! xxx

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    Comment number 29.

    Fantastic show! Think it was the best yet. Chris, Martin & Michaela are excellent presenters, and Iolo's great too. But please no more of the creepy-voiced bloke filming in bleak landscapes! Looking forward to Autumnwatch already! X

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    Comment number 30.

    The whole family have enjoyed Springwatch, we look forward to it each night and it's going to be a massive miss but really looking forward to the next instalment!! thanks to all involved you really do a fabulous job!

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    Comment number 31.

    Fantastic series, gonna miss it so much.
    Does anyone know how to watch yesterdays episode please. Wednesday 12th

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    Comment number 32.

    A wonderful series, thank you to everyone involved. I will particularly miss watching the webcams in the morning during breakfast. It was such a nice way to start the day. Please can we have more Unsprung! It never seems long enough and I remember a couple of series ago a late evening one which was great fun and the shows seemed to be on for 45 minutes or an hour at least. Wishing everyone a great and HOT summer..see you for Autumnwatch

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    Comment number 33.

    Loved the show, Made me think more about wildlife in my garden. I always have a bird feeding station but after watching I have started working on a wildlife friendly garden, log pile built, hedgehog feeding box built, large area now devoted to growing wild flowers, a mini pond built. I have bought a cheap wildlife camera to see what is in my garden at night. First night hedgehog and unfortunately cats. I have had foxes last two nights, delighted with sitings in only a few days.
    Only gripe with programme, very much bird life featured and I was bored with seeing so many birds in nests.

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    Comment number 34.

    Springwatch was even more enthralling than ever this time ! Those gorgeous water rail chicks were undoubtedly the stars of the show but I just LOVED those wonderful Lolo reports showing us the herring gulls of Bristol and the oystercatchers of Aberdeen. Brilliant ! Perhaps, though, next time it would be good NOT to keep endlessly repeating the predation sequences. Once is quite enough ! Also, may I make a plea for people NOT to fetch creatures out of ponds or rock pools ? Surely it's possible to observe and enjoy without disturbing their environment. But, congratulations to ALL the Springwatch team for producing the very best TV programme of the year. How I shall miss it.

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    Comment number 35.

    Loved it!! Such a shame its over so soon. Can't it be on for longer pleeeeeez?
    We look forward to it every year. So sad when it's over :(
    Always love the webcams so I can take a "peep" into their secret lives "ANY" time of day.
    Its been awsome seeing so many fledge LIVE! Really exciting.
    The highlight for me were the Water Rail chicks. AWWWW! Cute factor!!
    Always love the presenters, full of info and give me a giggle now & then.
    Oh! I'll also look at Cuckoo spit in a totally different light from now on! That was wonderful, although I'm not going to taste it!!! I thought "Macro World" was a FAB addition! WOW! What filming! Breathtaking stuff! How do they do it?!! What a GREAT crew!
    Thank you for bringing all these wonderful things to our screens
    Super!

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    Comment number 36.

    If the BBC had a Springwatch channel, I'd happily pay another licence fee to watch.

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    Comment number 37.

    A fantastic series and once again the most amazing wildlife photography I would particularly like to thank the researchers, photographers and technicians that make this series so special, Can't wait for Autumn watch.

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    Comment number 38.

    sw was great this year loved the live cams and the kestrel count looking forward to the next. not forgetting springwatch in the afternoon that was also great sound quiz what a good idea.

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    Comment number 39.

    amazing work good presenter s Martin ,chris, ,Micheala words cannot describe the talent of your team footage second to none I m gutted its finished

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    Comment number 40.

    Fab shows as usual! In fact I think I enjoyed it more this year. I am always disappointed when Springwatch finishes, just waiting for Autumwatch. Can we have more Unsprung? the shows are really interesting. How about 3 weeks of Summerwatch and Winterwatch? Thanks!!

 

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