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 1.

    A tremendous series, but over too soon. You have a great presentation team. Sadly we have too few unplugged programmes. See you all again soon. Kind regards Richard.

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    Comment number 2.

    What a fantastic Springwatch 2013, thank you so much to all of the team. I particularly enjoyed the views of butterflies, the film about snails and the stunning shots from the micro-world studio. I'm looking forward to the special butterfly programme in July. The varied nests were great and I found the close-up of the bees fascinating. Thank you to all of you, it was great to be able to look forward to a great tv programme for four nights a week over the past three weeks.

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    Comment number 3.

    Another fantastic series well done guys!! Enjoyed every minute! Great to be able to catch up on missed episodes on I-player too. Presenters are a great team, enthusiastic, educational with a hint of humour what more could you want. I agree with Richard its over so quickly!! Will look forward to Autumnwatch. Thank you!!!!

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    Comment number 4.

    It was great (even the mallard!) - but we were disappointed that the red kites didn't feature today, though they were advertised in The Times. Perhaps we should be disappointed with The Times, for assuming these fabulous birds would feature again? Given that they are a regular visitor here (South Lincs), we were looking forward to seeing them. The programme was fabulous, though, grass snake, jackdaw burglars, and all.

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    Comment number 5.

    Loved this series - the whole team have done a great job - the whole crew. Although it isn't just about them - it should be said that the 4 main series presenters are excellent. Job Well done producers, researchers, crew presenters, cameras etc - Fab & can't wait for the next "season"!


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