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 161.

    I enjoyed Springwatch. It was disappointing that some presenters were not enthusiastic about the Mallard sitting on her nest. Mallard's are probably one of the first waterfowl most children see and relate to when out by the river or lake. So I hope that next years Springwatch will find a Mallard on a nest, and the watch it throughout, as they form part of the country's wild-life.

    The team could also bring up the subjects of all northern hemisphere waterfowl (including Mallard drakes) go into eclipse at the end of the mating season - southern hemisphere waterfowl don't.

    They could also possibly explain that ducklings are not fluffy when they hatch, their down need to dry out before mother takes them to water and they have an egg sack which provides sustenance during the first 24 hours of life.

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    Comment number 162.

    It would be nice if level headed Jo was given more prominence in future series. She is good and one suspects her talents are under-used. Martin, always the professional, introduces her at the start of SW Unsprung, we unfortunately now hear very little from her, compared to previous unsprung programmes.

    Whilst all three presenters are good, timing things it was evident that Chris and Micheala were speaking the most. It would be nice to get a balance, it is after all a three person presenter show.

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    Comment number 163.

    I have loved Springwatch as ever ,could we not have summer and winter watch as well , or a weekly seasonal programme. It seems too long to wait until autumn surely ...

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    Comment number 164.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the series. An oddity has just occurred on our house in Northumberland - a pair of House Martins had been rebuilding their nest on the front of our house and we were pleased to see them return, somewhat later than usual. However, we noticed today that the pair had failed to leave an entrance hole for the nest and the silly birds were trying to bring in nesting material and kept crashing against the sealed nest! Remedial birds or poor mate and partner coordination?

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    Comment number 165.

    Would rather see kate Humble present Springwatch this week instead of Airport live. What a bore watching lumps of metal in the sky rather than all the wonderful birds at Yin-is-ir.

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    Comment number 166.

    Once again a brilliant series. I love moles but I would like to deter them from throwing up mounds of soil in areas of my lawn. I believe that on one of the programmes a solution was given that doesn't harm the mole but I missed what it was. Can anybody help? Look forward to the next series!

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    Comment number 167.

    I was absolutely hooked on Spring Watch - riveted - I thought the relaxed but informative style of the presentation was just right, the touches of humour just hitting the right note.
    Such a fun way to learn stuff.
    All the presenters were brilliant. I particularly like Michaela for her gleaming smile.
    I also liked the beautiful film sequences, by the above mentioned "creepy-voiced bloke filming in bleak landscapes", and was much taken with Orford ness, and will try to go there.

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    Comment number 168.

    I didn't expect to enjoy this series as much as in previous years as I feared it might be "too much of the same old thing", and I dreaded the return of silly scenes where Chris had to be a super-geek. But this series was one of the best, if not the best. You included some fascinating recent university research in biological science - like the bees and electric charge. The science was treated with respect as well as passion, and was likely to inspire young scientists. The wildlife filming was ace as usual, but this time there were more features of the unusual - like the gulls in Bristol - and the enthusiastic garden bioblitz was great to watch and copy. I'd like to understand what was going on with those jackdaws - are you sure nestboxes don't perturb their wild behaviour? You made me realise I haven't seen a kestrel locally this year. Thanks to the all the team, and to the presenters - your trials with the midges notwithstanding.

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    Comment number 169.

    What a great series this year. Lots more science info made for a more interesting series. Well done to all the team. Can't wait for Autumn Watch.

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    Comment number 170.

    I was wondering (as I mentioned on facebook), why year after year, the moment the Springwatch series is over, that the webcams get switched off?. It is extremely frustrating that nests we have been following.................some for the entire series, suddenly we are unable to follow anymore. It was worse this year because I am sure we all wanted to see the Jackdaws fledge, but couldn't. I have to say that in some ways this renders the use of the webcams entirely pointless. I know there is an update programme usually, but that's not the point. People have been gripped by the Jackdaw story, and then the cams get switched off and that's that. Please in future can we follow the existing nestcam stories through to their conclusion. I know I'm not the only one who feels the same.

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    Comment number 171.

    What another great series of Springwatch! It just keeps getting better and better! All the presenters do a fantastic job, they each bring so much knowledge to the show with bits of humour too which is great. I was gutted when it finished, those 3 weeks seem to go by so quickly. I would like to see a friday episode and maybe the series could last for 4 weeks, starting a week earlier?? Maybe I'm just being a bit greedy, I just love the show! Great job guys, see you for Autumnwatch!

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    Comment number 172.

    Absolutely fantastic 3 weeks again with 4 wonderfully enthusiastic presenters. I was really moved by Martin's report on the Herring Gulls in Bristol on Tuesday 11th June. Having grown up by the sea and lived in Cornwall most of my life I thought of them as a nuisance, how that changed!! Those caring adults braving all weather conditions to keep the eggs warm and "talking" to them as they were getting ready to hatch, then the funny little chicks when they arrived.I loved seeing them a little older on Wednesday with Iolo, where they looked like 5 year old children having fun in a playground. Thank you Springwatch

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    Comment number 173.

    A little late I know, but nevertheless, I must state how much I enjoyed Springwatch '13. The presentation team, camera work and content overall is excellent! I would challenge anyone not to feel inspired to get engaged with our wildlife after seeing both Springwatch and Autumnwatch...and to that end I had the first sighting of a stag beetle flyihng yesterday evening at dusk accross our garden - wonderful!!

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    Comment number 174.

    Can we have an update on the pheasent's egg in the duck's nest?

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    Comment number 175.

    I refer to the episode of Springwatch where "crabbing" was shown. At the end of this piece it was stated "to put them back carefully". What did this mean? Not dropping them from the height one had netted them out from? Taking them to shallow waters to let them slip off into the water gently? Or, if one took them off to shallow waters would this be taking them out of their locality? I don't know, but, does the Springwatch team? I have seen th practise of "crabbing" going on in Porthmadog harbour with people slinging the crabs back in from a great height. I and the person I was with went to see a harbour worker, but he wasn't interested. My opinion is, Springwatch should NOT be encouraging people to play with living beings as if they were toys. I would be very interested to have a response to this from the SW team
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    Comment number 176.

    Enjoyed the series but I feel the presentation style treats viewers as if they all about five years old. It's sadly typical of the BBC since
    the great dumbing down.

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    Comment number 177.

    The silence about badgers and the legalised slaugher of them was deafening. I am appalled that springwatch can ignore this important issue in their 'wildlife' programmes. Even if they cannot express an opinion one way or another, balanced comments about this abomination should have been included. It wasn't a accident that the badger photograph on countryfile won the overall competition, British people have a great respect for badgers and this will show itself at the next election.

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    Comment number 178.

    ABSOLUTELY agree with Balbuzzard, Springwatch has turned their backs on one of our iconic wildlife species, the badger. Disgusted that the legalised government killing was not even mentioned.

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    Comment number 179.

    Unfortunately Trude, your badger may have been killed by a government assassin

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    Comment number 180.

    What a great springwatch this year. Can anyone help. We missed the very lasy episode. Downloaded on sky then didn't get to see it before it was deleted. Any ideas on how we could see the final show. Mike

 

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