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 121.

    Thank you Springwatch, for creating some quality time for our family! One of the rare occasions that our moody teenager was willing to come out of her room was to watch Springwatch with us, prompting laughter and some interesting discussions about the environment. Who would have guessed that a TV programme can bring a family closer together?!!

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    Comment number 122.

    Excellent as ever, just wish it lasted longer. The filming and photography was fantastic. The presenters were both entertaining and informative. We all loved it and look forward to it every year and are sad to see it end. Please, please, please could we have a summer watch. Well done to all the team.

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    Comment number 123.

    Well done for another fabulous series. We found this springwatch very fascinating and educational as ever. Loved the huge range of nests this time and the macro world was amazing, it has shown us in detail the hidden world we can't see. Thank you all, both to the presenters and backstage staff, that make this programme the joy to watch that it is.

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    Comment number 124.

    Thank you so much for a brilliant series. I loved all the fledglings and the shots of so many different species of birds. Well done to all of the team for enduring the midges...
    What about taking the programme to Europe and doing a series from the Alps or from the Massif Central?

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    Comment number 125.

    This is TV at its best. Now please get out and see the real thing! You are wonderful people.
    Many thanks for such a great series of programmes.

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    Comment number 126.

    I love springwatch and I can't wait till the next one. I find myself glued to the tv all the time when it's on. It's been another fantastic show and I am learning about all the different birds and bees all the time. It is a fantastic show but it never seems to be on long enough!. Whish we could have it on longer as the time goes so fast.! .

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    Comment number 127.

    A brilliant series! Full of laughs and drama - just wish it would have lasted longer. The addition of 'Springwatch in the Afternoon' was a great idea; it worked better than I thought it would.
    The late spring was tough on our wildlife but I think Springwatch used this to their full advantage and it was great to see (most of) them make it through!
    Really sad it's over but already looking forward to next year!
    Well done to all the crew and the presenters for putting up with those midges! :)
    See you in Autumn.

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    Comment number 128.

    I thought that springwatch was really good. I like the cameras I might have to get some for my bird boxes and a camera for my feeders as well can't wait till autumnwatch!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 129.

    Zwellers asked...."ps when were birds taken out a nest (ringnecks comments) and how does encoraging kids to pond dip kill off the countryside? "

    Firstly I had not said that they took birds out of nests...I asked if it was O.K. to take them out of nests.
    This was to compare the outrage I would spark by taking them away from the nest against the apathy felt when people take fish and all the other animals out of the water and keeping them in containers for ages then putting them back.
    If you can not see how trawling countless nets through a fragile habitat and removing anything that they find which in the case of the fish which is relied on to protect their family then I take it you do not understand wildlife issues.

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    Comment number 130.

    loved the show. I noticed chris p kept dropping clash song titles most nights ,white man hammie
    and julie has been working.

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    Comment number 131.

    I think this was the best ever series by Springwatch.The team were simply,easy to watch, and made for a great hour of T.V. when I never thought of reaching for the remote.

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    Comment number 132.

    Absolutely fantastic! We loved every minute of it. My children (13, 11 and 8) watched every programme and were constantly on the webcams. They are really excited and want their own nestboxes and cameras in the garden now. Have been out a lot to spot wildlife. The highlight were the woodpecker chicks and we managed to spot some ourselves on campus at Reading University! Great to have Springwatch in the Afternoon as well. Please show it one hour later next time, so children can watch it when they come home from school. Thank you so much everyone!!!!

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    Comment number 133.

    really enjoyed the series, spoilt only by the posing grinning ninny Mikela, does she not know that the stars of the show are the birds, animals and the scenery. We have seen more of her tombstone teeth than beaks of birds.

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    Comment number 134.

    I have to agree with this has been a great series. I've learned a lot, even about familiar species. Nature again has provided a real spectacle .
    A big thanks to the team in front of and behind the cameras . try this if you want to continue discussing the show and nature in general .

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    Comment number 135.

    what an amazing program of events this year. I am curently fighting cancer and have been unable to get out into nature myslelf as much as i normally would this this of year. I would like to say a BIG thankyou to everyone envoloved in the bbc programs and the live cameras as these has made the last few weeks a joy for me and will miss all the chicks, people and information that has shared my life. i for one will be getting our there(on my good weeks) to make the most of the summer of wildlife!! again thankyou.

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    Comment number 136.

    I really enjoyed this year's Springwatch, its a very finely honed series now. I was very pleased to see Nick Baker but I feel his talents were wasted - one of his afternoon programmes was just an intro to an old MHG film. Perhaps their roles could be exchanged next year?

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    Comment number 137.

    Thank you so much for such an enjoyable series. I cant believe how fast three weeks goes. The filming this year has been excellent. Even my three year old grand daughter enjoyed watching the Water Rail chicks and now every time she visits me asks if we can watch the little black birds again! The presenters were as usual on top form. As a frequent visitor to Scotland I appreciate the agony all the team went through from the dreaded Midges.
    Keep up the good work and cant wait for Autumn Watch. I wondered if you could do an article on recognising the sounds of different birds. I often hear birds and wonder what they are.
    Once again thank you to all the team involved in making these excellent programmes cant express just how much pleasure they give to watch. Thank you

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    Comment number 138.

    On behalf of my father aged 86yrs. "Very enjoyable as always, I look forward to all the programmes. Even watch more than once. My daughter keeps me up to date with the plight of the badger and the cull which will wipe them out eventually. Why do I see nothing of this on the programmes?"

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    Comment number 139.

    A fabulous series but over too soon. Could we have the occasional update program?
    The enthusiasm of the Springwatch Team was inspiring, thanks guys.

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    Comment number 140.

    Springwatch 2013 is a haven in the evenings when I am usually too busy to watch any television. Loved everything about it - except (1) it finished too soon and (2). we needed more Sprinwatch Unsprung. Joyous, informative, beautiful, wondrous .... This series makes me happy to pay the tv licence.


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