My Snow Watch experiences
I've been out and about over the past few days marveling at what's going on - the sudden opportunity to see what wildlife is up to by the tracks and signs they leave behind in the snow. I've followed in the footsteps of the fox, tracked an otter and even found the wing imprints of a sparrowhawk strike in the snow... amazing. I've watched the kingfisher hunting in the stream in our village and now find myself wondering what will happen to her if and when the stream freezes up completely.
So there I was at home, thinking about the kingfisher, curled up with a good book and an extra pair of socks when the phone goes. "Er Martin... are you busy? Something's come up!"
And sure enough something has.
A BBC commissioner had noticed there was rather a lot of snow about. "Must be a bit tough for wild life in the snow..." she mused. "Hang on... perhaps there's a programme in this - if we move quickly. What shall we call it? Er... I know, how about Snow Watch, a bit like that Autumnwatch. Hey, good idea."
That was Wednesday - and now we're flat out, putting together a programme for the middle of next week!
As usual, to make it a real success, we're asking for your help.
On thing we've just heard is that the record for the most number of wrens in one nest box (trying to keep warm) has been broken. We are desperately trying to contact the man in Lancashire who reported it. The rumour is he filmed it too. (By the way the old record was an incredible 61!!)
See you next Wednesday... Gulp!