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!

Comments

Jump to comments pagination
 
  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 81.

    Fantastic, dramatic, beautiful, i loved every minute. Thank you from Holland.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 82.

    Brilliant TV over the past 3 weeks. Cannot wait for Autumnwatch. The presenting team work fantastically togerther

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 83.

    Well, I'm bereft. Thanks to the whole Springwatch team for a wonderful series. As always, it's over too soon. All the previous series have been great but I think you've really surpassed yourselves with this one. Please keep up the good work and don't let your wonderful presenters go anywhere - what a great team they are!

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 84.

    Fantastic to have seen more on hares in this series, and so much more on Invertebrates too! Brilliant! Well done to everyone involved! An excellent, informative and entertaining series! (Slowly trying to catch up with SW in the afternoon now as had to record them all being at work! They've been superb too!)

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 85.

    The day after, and I'm having withdrawals already :-)

    Thank you so much - it was brilliant! I enjoyed it so much. The Springwatch team did a marvellous job, so inspiring! It's kind of a miracle how many birds are still flying around, considering all the threats they have to face while breeding and feeding - grass snakes, weasels, martens, woodpeckers, magpies, rats, bad weather conditions and lots more. I only missed two evenings due to other obligations (and was sad about it). As I'm watching from Germany I can't use the website for the aprts that I missed.

    The feature of the long-tailed tits was what I liked most. But I really enjoyed every part, learning so much about different ecosystems, watching fledges, getting insights I wouldn't get just strolling around in my garden and in nature. So I can't wait for the start of Autumnwatch though I'd like to enjoy the summer days beforehand... More, more, more!

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 86.

    what a fantastic SPRINGWATCH!!!!!!!!!!!! My 5 yr old Harry and i have been glued to springwatch for the last 3 weeks and if its been on to late for him have recorded it for him. He loved the Jackdaws and then Gannetts. I think he thinks the presenters are fab and wanted me to email and let you all know he cant wait for the next series. sherian webster in derby

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 87.

    Hi To All, Spingwatch - Fab as always - Miss it already, can you make it longer next year and also the Autumwatch. I love these programmes, so now and bringing the world to us all. Makes you think and makes you look around more.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 88.

    I think this was the best series ever, maybe because as spring has been so late we were treated to an abundance of birds nesting and fledging. The presenters were excellent, and their obvious ease and friendliness with each other spills out onto the screen - they are all knowlegeable and informative and their delight in the natural world shines through. Thank you to everyone involved including all those behind the scenes who work so hard in creating the programme. I'm already looking forward to the next series.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 89.

    Thanks for another wonderful series - it is the BBC at its best.
    HOWEVER please don't leave us high and dry! PLEASE TELL US HOW THE JACKDAWS ARE DOING! Surely some way of keeping us updated even if its just a blog! Jackdaws and all the others - UPDATES NOW PLEASE!

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 90.

    I enjoyed Springwatch very much. Michaela is a natural. My only complaint is the webcams. Last time we could see all four at once, and click on which we wanted, this time, yes, we had the same choice, but whichever one we clicked on, the content was different to the picture. The site didn't seem to be updated as much as before. Also, if you are not on Twitter or Facebook you don't seem to be able to post any comments.

    Susan.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 91.

    Loved it as usual, especially the science and macro world. Brilliant team of presenters, all three. Chris, thank you for flagging up kestrels- one of my favourite birds. Went out to look for one for you (successfully- it's on the map now) and encounter 3 cuckoos as a bonus! Shall join in the wildflower survey too- it's nice to be a little bit involved. Often with wildlife programmes we seem to be watching helplessly from the other side of a window but not this one. Well done, come back soon.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 92.

    Loved the whole series, & will miss the webcams online every day. The whole thing was wonderful. Just one tiny complaint - in previous series we could watch all 4 webcams at the same time, which enabled us to choose which one we wanted to look at any given time. Any chance that arrangement could be re-instated for next time? Especially in spring when there are fledgings to watch.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 93.

    Now what's this? While reading the other comments I can watch a great spotted woodpecker outside, feeding a chick from the suet cake. This is the first time this year the woodpecker comes with a chick. And guess what - the fledgeling looks exactly like the cheeky one in Springwatch, the one with the very red head. What a coincidence ;-)

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 94.

    Wonderful series, excellent presenters and backup.
    Congratulations to all.
    geoff

  • rate this
    -4

    Comment number 95.

    Great programme but ruined by the presenters - they're so giddy and unprofessional. They may be very knowledgable but that doesn't make up for them being so irritating. Lolo and Ben come over well - could they not be the main presenters?

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 96.

    I have some comments on posting a message on an existing or new topic.
    1. It's very difficult to search for an existing topic - why is there no search box?
    2. Sometimes a subscriber has an interesting point or contribution to make on a topic covered in the programme, eg on the mating habits of mallards. Is there any way that the comment can be posted other than by hanging it on to an existing blog subject, for which it may be irrelevant? If there is, it's not obvious on the blog home page.
    3. How can you post a message informing Springwatch that you have posted a picture or video on FLICKR? Where is the relevant button on the Springwatch Home Page?

    In summary, the web page is very obscure and almost impossible to navigate for potential contributors.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 97.

    I loved the webcams, especially watching all the chicks! My favourites were the Willow Warblers.I would love it if there was a webcam archive for the day, at least for the big moments as I missed a lot of the chicks fledging. I know these moments are included in the show but it would be nice to have them in an archive format also. Ive loved the show, shame its over ) :

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 98.

    I really enjoyed springwatch this year. I was a bit worried about Some of the jumpers Chris was wearing though!!

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 99.

    Springwatch is such a fantastic series, the best programme on the BBC. My family and I enjoyed every moment of it. The presenters are excellent! Well done everyone involved!

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 100.

    Totally amazing series. Congratulations to all. Can't wait for other programmes :)

 

Page 5 of 10

This entry is now closed for comments

Share this page

More Posts

Previous
How I knew the Ynis-hir blue tits had fledged from 100 miles away

Thursday 13 June 2013, 16:11

Next
Autumnwatch returns from a new location

Monday 7 October 2013, 12:37

About this Blog

SpringwatchAutumnwatch and Winterwatch Blog. A place to talk UK Nature.

Blog Updates

Stay updated with the latest posts from the blog.

Subscribe using:

What are feeds?

Springwatch tweets

Archive

We moved recently but you can still view Springwatch 2012 and older posts.