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 41.

    No more Springwatch...! I feel bereft. Such a fantastic programme... something for everyone to watch, feel a part of and contribute to. Well done all. I would love the series to be longer and perhaps a flexible finale to take account of the late Spring. Difficult, I know, but everyone is talking Springwatch and the Beeb should run with it!

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    Comment number 42.

    Has been a outstanding this year, the Water Rail, micro world, Jackdaws, et al all brilliant. 4 weeks would be even better. The presenting Team are great please make sure you keep all three of them they work so well together and their enthusiasm is infectious. For the first time this year I have watched the Springwatch extra programmes, the informality of which works really well. The web cams have hardly been off of my iPhone (not looking forward to the bill!)
    Only negative not enough Unsprung, more quizzes and viewer photos etc needed.
    P.S. personally I would love more of the gorgeous Mr Packham, what charisma and what a brain and just where is that tattoo, we never did find out ;-)

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    Comment number 43.

    Loved the programme as always, look forward to seeing it every year, loved watching the jackdaws the most but enjoyed the others to, the only thing that I was a bit disspointed with was the fact that you could only watch 1 web cam at a time, not on multi screen like before, and more up to date info like before. Apart from that, can't wait to see you all next spring,oh and autum watch. BIG THANKYOU for a great show.

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    Comment number 44.

    I agree with all those people who have commented that this has been the best series ever. The balance within the presenting team is perfect - education and entertainment, and just the right amount of friendly banter. I loved all of the webcams, but the water Rail family stole the whole show - what a joy to have seen these shy birds up close - fantastic! Oh, and could we have more Unsprung please? Congrats to every single person involved in the programme, and I'm already looking forward to Autumnwatch. :)

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    Comment number 45.

    Absolutely loved the series. Three weeks is still not long enough though. I am a teacher and my class were fascinated with the bees and loved the nestlings. Looking forward to the Summer of wildlife and roll on Autumn watch.

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    Comment number 46.

    Thanks to all the Springwatch Team for a wonderful and informative three weeks. So many new birds, animals, plants and insects for me to go away and read-up on. Watching a Water Rail dream was amazing. Once again, thanks.

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    Comment number 47.

    Brilliant series - so many high points. I love the cam on the bird feeder and would love that to be on all year so we could always watch it even when Springwatch not on air!! We don't get such interesting birds on ours!!

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    Comment number 48.

    I love the presenting team. Chris, Martin and Michaela have great chemistry. I especially enjoy Chris' humour and Martin's husky laugh! Really enjoyed the water rail chicks, felt sorry for the Jackdaw chicks, adored the barn owl (was upset to see the Meadow Pippits and Dunnocks predated by a grass snake and a weasel). Had to look away! I would like to see more about hedgehogs in another programme. I love frogs so was pleased to see how you can tell the difference between frog and toad tadpoles. Keep up the good work. Will miss seeing Chris, Martin and Michaela's smiley faces. I'll even miss Chris' cardigan! ;)

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    Comment number 49.

    I have enjoyed every minute, the webcams have been amazing. Thank you to the whole team for surviving the midges.

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    Comment number 50.

    An absolute treat! Springwatch 2013 - totally absorbing. The broad views.. the details.. both packed with facts and INFORMATION and the long awaited, relaxed and straight-forward, use of scientific names so welcome. Production team, content and presentation... ALL outstanding. A magnificent effort .......THANK YOU very much Springwatch. Can't wait for Autumn! Do you
    think the jackdaws and woodpeckers will have fledged by then?!!

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    Comment number 51.

    I can't believe it's all over, already! I think I have enjoyed this Springwatch more than any of the series so far. I really like the current line-up - the presenters seem to work together as a genuine team, who like and respect each other, and the footage was amazing. Congratulations to the whole crew, and thank you for a wonderful three weeks' viewing.

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    Comment number 52.

    I just have to say what a fantastic series we have had this year! We had more ups than downs which is great! I have been glued to the webcams every single day what am I going to do now? I feel lost! It's a great learning experience for me and understand more about wildlife and love it even more! But I agree it was cut short please can it be on for a few more weeks? Just not on long enough!

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    Comment number 53.

    Normally I'd be on here singing your praises like a Skylark on acid.....However I'm NOT a happy Bunny with Sringwatch, the programme that I thought was here to Champion our British wildlife, the programme that cut it's teeth as Badgerwatch....... yet just when the Badgers needed you Springwatch closed the door on our Badgers. After much complaining we were given a small glimpse on Wednesday evening, but no mention of the cull that is going on in Somerset and Gloucester which will possibly be extended. Chris packham seemingly gagged! I'm disgusted and appalled that Badgers have largely been left out of the series...no Badger Cam no special features, no mention of the cull. I feel let down but what is worse YOUspringwatch have let the Badger down......shameful!!!!!!

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    Comment number 54.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the series again, I look forward to it every year and it hasn't disappointed! Only thing is, it's not on for long enough. Three weeks isn't enough time to see everything hatch/fledge and my son (aged 4) got really interested this year, he particularly enjoyed following the progress of the Bumblebees nest and he wanted to see the mallard ducklings! Roll on Autumnwatch time! xx

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    Comment number 55.

    What an amazing series, I learned so much. I have a problem - I would Love to engage with the badger living up the woodland bank with bluebells just behind my house, but it (or they) don't want to be engaged with me. I have tried to see them for some years now, at dusk, at dawn, on moonlit nights, at dead of night, but have I seen them? No... They're certainly around from the holes they leave in the lawns digging for worms.

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    Comment number 56.

    I agree that this was the best series ever. It was so good that my binoculars have hardly been out of their case for three weeks. (Thinks: "Hmmm... shall I go and watch barn owls? Nah... it's Springwatch") The blend of factual information, a varied selection of animals and plants and superb filming was fantastic.For the future keep going with the job of showing people how marvellous our wildlife is. How many viewers had heard of a water rail? Or had ever thought about why we have fields of buttercups? Don't underestimate the importance of the programme for connecting people with nature. If people care then they will look after it.

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    Comment number 57.

    Excellent once again, all of it, thank you to everyone involved. A few hours after it's over, I already miss it. The technology, the insights, the craft all get better and better. Long may you run.

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    Comment number 58.

    I have to say I am in complete agreement with Mellie @53 because I too would be gushing how wonderful springwatch is by giving us a glimpse of all our wildlife.

    But this year it did worse than FAIL to show us ALL our wildlife! As Mellie said it was Badgerwatch that led to development of Springwatch, an iconic animal loved by a majority of the population of this country.

    To fail to discuss the cull, especially when the science proves it will be ineffective and when we have a government which promised to be the "greenest" government but instead is set on killing vast members of the wildlife of this country.

    It does seem that Springwatch has been gagged because by taking a moment to search for it elsewhere on the internet, Chris is AGAINST the cull!

    I feel completely let down by Springwatch, you don't deserve the platitudes, this has NOT been the best year.

    Springwatch has let the viewer down, has DEFINITELY let the badger down but additionally you have let SPRINGWATCH down!

    Shame on you Springwatch!

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    Comment number 59.

    I found the item regarding oyster catchers nesting on the roofs of buildings very interesting. I live in Chester about a mile from the River Dee. I have noticed a pair of catchers who spend a lot of time on the flat roof of a local garage, presumably nesting. The location is in the middle of a trading estate but there are areas of meadow nearby. I did not hear mention how the young get down from their roof in the programme but presuming they do so successfully ours will be surrounded by major roads and traffic, not the ideal surroundings for youngsters.

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    Comment number 60.

    Thank gawd Springwatch is over for another year. I can now go out, whilst it is still daylight/dusk & do the things you keep suggesting. Seriously though, previous Springwatches, have been shown after spring has happened, however this year it has been as it happened. It must have been a bit of a white knuckle ride for you producers, a few weeks before series start, possible programme content, nothing.
    My best moment that I have seen, this year, Grass snake v Meadow Pipit. The reason being this is what it is like out there, It is called the food chain.
    Good to feature the village of Chinnor (Red Kites) it being local for me (1.5 mile away)
    Finaly I am glad the location is not at Inverness anymore, it does need to be in Lowland Britain.
    The vast majority of species featured can be found in and surrounding the big cities, where most of the U.K. population lives.

 

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