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Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 11:57 UK time, Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Help!

Something moved in under your shed? Is your garden being torn apart by creatures unknown? Weird noises in the attic?

Who you gonna call?... SPRINGBUSTERS! Or... er... me...

Do you keep seeing a big cat prowling across the allotment every other evening? I know I do... okay, we can all dream!

Seriously folks, if you have a wildlife mystery to solve, our special Springwatch cameras and big chest of electronic gizmos may be able to help.

This year the team has decided to kick me out of the office occasionally - and let me come and visit you, to try to film your unusual furry or feathered visitors in all their glory. Can we come to you and help solve some mysteries and perhaps share the weird and wonderful things going on in your neighbourhood with the rest of the world?

Springbusters are standing by...

All I need now is to hear from you!

Do please get in contact, by commenting below, by email or, if you prefer, by letter to us at Springwatch, BBC Bristol, Bristol BS8 2LR.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I wish I did - I'd even cook shortbread to get MHG over to my house, but sadly there's nothing mysterious or out of the ordinary - just a suburban estate garden.

  • Comment number 2.

    Me too LazyRizzo surely we can cook up something intriguing to lure him to our little back gardens!
    Watch this space...... you never know when it will be time to call Springbusters

  • Comment number 3.

    I have lived in my house for 10 years. I have
    a Badger Sett at the bottom of the garden. They
    keep digging new entrances. I have seen 2 Badgers
    but would love to know how many are in the Sett and why they
    keep opening new entrances

  • Comment number 4.

    my 4 year old son, Jojo wants to know why ducks fly low and birds fly high and no one seems to know the answer!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Martin..
    I've got three very annoying people enter my living room twice a year and some years more than twice.

    Could you please get rid of them? One has long hair and needs new glasses, one has absolutely no taste in music and the other could stand in for the Eddystone lighthouse foghorn. What am I to do? hahaha. Love, Arch. XXX

  • Comment number 6.

    Can I suggest that instead of making another appeal for "big cat sightings" you refer those deluded people who believe they, a member of their family or someone who was told by someone who once danced with the Prince of Wales that they had seen one to the excellent BBC series Eyewitness, which has recently been shown again on BBC4. The programme demonstrates quite clearly that eyewitness evidence is highly unreliable and just might convince them that at least 99.99% of the sightings reported are rubbish. The subject could then be left to other shows, which unlike SW, have nothing better on which to waste time and money.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Martin, please can you help me identify a large bird which landed on my hedge yesterday. It was larger than a pigeon, had a orange/peach breast and brown and creamy white feathers. Could it be a young Montagu's hawk? I live in the South Wales Valleys.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Martin
    I have a blue tit box with camera inside. There are two males competing for the box. I suspect they may be siblings as their markings are very similar and tricky to tell them apart. One seems to take in moss and the other long strips! They take stuff in, take it out, take it in etc. Sometimes they do deposit the stuff in the box. They also remove stuff from the box. Yesterday morning 'Tubby' cleared all the strips from the box, which presumably had been put there by the thinner one.
    Tubby has had extreme difficulty getting out of the box, so much so, I have been and enlarged the hole with a file!
    The antics and scuffling in the box are amazing to watch.

  • Comment number 9.

    I would love to know what beasties come and visit the bottom of our garden. We live near Cannock Chase and find may Deer prints and droppings but very rarely get to see them. Although most of the deer in our area are Fallow Deer, we do have a local herd of Red Deer that I have spotted nearby. I would be amazing if is them paying a visit.

  • Comment number 10.

    Am sure it's nothing special for many people but I live in a [sub]urban environment with lots of gardens back to back, and parks nearby. Saw lovely small (8cm) pale green bird on the topside and pale underside going into yellowish throat. It was hopping around in the willow outside my kitchen window, in a 'lots of shrubs and overgrown garden'. I think I've identified it as a wood warbler - too bright for a chiffchaff or a willow warbler. Any thoughts anyone?

  • Comment number 11.

    You are more than welcome to visit southern New Jersey during the summer. My mystery is: during the dusk on a summer day a fleet of beautiful large dragonflies will come to feed on the small flies and mosquitos that seem to be active at that time. After discovering this I will take a beach chair plant it out in the middle of the yard and watch the acrobatics. They are quite a sight and sound when wizzing by your head. What has me wondering is how they gather together at the same time and same place. They must come from some distance. Where do they go after dark. I see them sporadically during the day but never in large numbers. Also I cant say that I've ever seen one perched waiting for daylight..... This is the mystery if you are interested. Hope they let you out of the office :)

  • Comment number 12.

    A few nights ago we had a (rather large!) hedgehog in our cul-de-sac. Not unusal, apart from his behaviour. We don't think he was looking for food, as he wasn't on gardens, but in fact was running quick laps in a very large circle on the road, sometimes hopping up onto the pavement, but never straying far from his original circle. We thought he may have been following a scent - but he was circling like this - always on the road or pavement - for well over 2 hours! Any suggestions?

  • Comment number 13.

    Although this wasn't in my garden my mum and I were very surprised to see what looked suspiciously like a turtle in a small waterway in Sutcliffe Park, London SE9, yesterday morning! It didn't look at all like a terrapin, no visible markings, although I'm no expert. I know people (irresponsible ones) do release their unwanted terrapins into the wild at times. Either way, it can't be good for the local wildlife.

  • Comment number 14.

    Strange seeds are appearing in my pond - they're round flat discs, dark brown/black, with a very hard surface. They bob up to the surface and float. The fish spit them out, so they're not edible. Are they from the waterlily? I'd really like to know - I've never noticed them before........

  • Comment number 15.

    We have some Sparrows which come back year after year and enter a nesting site in the 2nd floor of the house through a hole for a drain pipe, we are pretty sure they have a nest site under our floor boards. The male and female take turns looking out for predators... When they come back its always a sign that Spring has arrived..

  • Comment number 16.

    Harriet, your flat seeds appearing in pond are probably seed of Yellow Flag-iris.

  • Comment number 17.

    Flat seeds found floating in pond may well be from the Yellow Flag-Iris. Brock

  • Comment number 18.

    Where I work there is a sett that has been developing over the last 5 yrs, with only one entrance, this winter/spring the occupant/s have gone into overdrive excavating three new entrances, I've found prints & latrines but never seen the residents; except for a dead sow on the near by road, is this site of any interest?
    Brock

  • Comment number 19.


    Please advise

    I have last week discovered Newts in my pond at the bottom of my garden. Black in colour and sandy colour also. I have tried to take some pictures and only managed to get the disappearing back end of them. My pond was only dug last year and is lined with a black lining. There is nothing else in my pond other than last years leaf fall lining the bottom. What plants should I put in and what do I need to do to keep the Newts in my pond. Also how best can I identify the Newts?

    Tracey

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Martin
    For as long as I remember, I have had many Goldfinches in my garden of which I put out 2 feeders every day containing Sunflower Hearts, but, I am very upset as now, there has been no sight of any for about 3weeks, I know they are busy nesting & egg laying but I'm puzzled as to where they have all gone, I really hope you can help as its not the same without them in my garden.

    Pat

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi, ive just been in my shed and on top of an old cupboard theres a cricket helmet belonging to my son, which he asked me to get for him, as its not been used since last cricket season, a little birdie has decided to make a home there, inside the perfectly made nest there are 4 eggs the same size as the choc mini eggs:-) i need to know should these have hatched by now? or has the mother bird desserted them ? what should i do? thanks, jen.

  • Comment number 22.

    panick over, mother bird has come back, guess my son will have to buy a new cricket helmet lol. jen.

  • Comment number 23.

    I saw a pair of birds just north of Royden today wheeling above the watermeadows. Large birds of prey with a big white stripe on the underwing. Tail like a fan. What are they?

  • Comment number 24.

    hi all. whilst walking around a small woodland pond i came accross 3 unussuall sightings.
    the first was a hole in the pond embanckment with small bones ouside of itin black 'gunge' i wasnt sure what animal lived there? any ideas?

    the other was that just down from the pond i came accross 2 what i think are sheep skeletons. or deer. i wasnt sure how they died and why so close together? again any ideas?

    third was a strange metalic coloured liguid in the puddles nearby all 3 problems occured within a few metres of eachother and photos are on my fliker page and springwatch pool. any ideas welcomed :D thanks again callum

  • Comment number 25.

    more than welcome in angus!!!
    already spent all my high school years boring my mates on how amazing nature is. cme help me out ! :)

  • Comment number 26.

    Swan Challenge
    to film the first TWO hours of a signet,s life
    I have only seen it twice (in the same day) and only had a still camera
    The signet has to first master the art of balancing its head on the end of that long neck and this is like a plate on the end of a stick, and takes about an hour. The second hour is spent preening the wet down, watching its skills improve. Just as it had finnished a second egg hatched, and you could see the contrast of 2 hours work, as the event started all over again. Will the spring watch team or anyone else except the challenge to capture it on film?

  • Comment number 27.

    I have just seen the most amazing sight in our garden in Brittany 98 caterpillars nose to tail walking across a gravel path!! Has anyone any explaination? I'm not sure what species but I have taken photos too

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Martin,
    I live in a small village in west Suffolk, surrounded by farmland and forest areas. There has been a bird visiting my bird table on and off this year which I can only identify as a female reed bunting! Can this be right? I have a pond in the garden but other than that there are no rivers in the immediate vicinity. I have checked in all my bird books but cannot come up with an alternative.

  • Comment number 29.

    Does anyone know when Springwatch is to be televised this year. I can't wait!

  • Comment number 30.

    Min48, your caterpillars will be of the Oak Processionary moth, Thaumetopoea processionea - the name will tell you that what you saw is not uncommon behaviour for them! Don't be tempted to handle them or get too close - their hairs cause severe dermatitis.

    Jill - it's entirely likely that you had a Reed Warbler - they are becoming relatively common in gardens over the winter, where there is a guaranteed food supply for them

  • Comment number 31.

    hi martin on a recent trip to elmey marshes in kent my friend and i saw a duck that we could'nt identify a kind gentleman ( called dave ) who runs a lovely blog site called birds of kent tried to identify it for us here is the link can you help http://the-birds-of-kent.blogspot.com hope you can shed some light on this unusual duck

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi Looseleaf, fancy meeting you here.
    Have a look at this link lots of female ducks, some of the teals are quite similar

    http://www.animalphotos.me/bird3-fem.htm

  • Comment number 33.

    hiya feedy ,crumbs you've bin busy ,did you research that lot when you were trying to i/d your mallard hybrids last autumn ? thank you ,i left you a p/m on fon and for the record my best guess is a drake mandarin or wood duck x mallard (duck ) hybrid,but all comments welcome

  • Comment number 34.

    p/s she was "loafing" with a drake mallard when she rested up ( would'nt you just know it ! )

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi Martin.
    My name is Joe and i live in Peebles in the Scottish Borders, since i can remember almost every night except for winter times, my family and i have heard noises from somesort of bird/s (we think) it is a high pitch sound, we cannot see it/them due to the darkness, although whatever it is it can move from place to place in the air very quickly e.g. 10 meters in 10 seconds and also it seems to be quite low to the ground, this is as much information as i can give you. Hope you can tell me what this mysterious flying creature is?! Thanks :)

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi my name is Alison. This week my mother has discovered a colony of miner bees living under her front lawn. How can we protect them please? Mum's neighbour is a bit of a health and safety nut and sent for the pest control officerwho, fortunately, didn't do anything and informed us that these bees do not sting. Please Help Thanks

  • Comment number 37.

    Behold, as Winter bids adieu,
    We see through soil the flowers ping,
    And in the Dorset countryside,
    The baas and bleats with gusto ring.
    Down in the woods, the sleepy stir,
    As birds rehearse their warbling.
    Then crawlies in the undergrowth
    All get it on, for it is Spring.
    There's Packham and Hughes-Games on hand,
    With views on almost everything,
    And as this drama's televised,
    Our screens at home with wildlife zing.
    Then once again the focus falls
    Upon a woolly headed thing;
    'Tis bouncy Kate of SpringWatch fame,
    In Portland Bill, a-gambolling.

  • Comment number 38.

    On Sat. 16th April whilst in the garden, a blackbird flew by, low to the ground. It dropped what appeared to be a recently hatched pheasant? chick (only wing feathers showing). The bird would have returned to pick up its prize if I had not been standing close by. Do blackbirds take chicks for food?

  • Comment number 39.

    Martin I don't know if this will intriguing enough for you but we have ground delling bees who have moved in an old plant pot we have in the back garden.I would love to know what goes on in the pot and how far they rome and why its only 3 bees and not lots.

  • Comment number 40.

    We have had two hanging fat ball feeders disappear from our garden in the last few days. The second one we found stuck under the boundary fence. We suspect a rat has chewed through the string which ties the feeder to the tree. After the second one went we took preventative action. I put an old CD around the branch as a baffle and hung the feeder on a longer piece of string. I believe the second one disappeared after the rat jumped onto the feeder from the ground thereby defeating my cunning baffle device. Next time we're going to use a metal chain or something.

  • Comment number 41.

    Burrowing Bees. I have 9 small, perfectly circular holes between paving slabs in my garden. Initally I thought they were caused by ants but then realised that ants on the patio were ignoring the holes. Watching for a while I saw a little yellow bottom disappear into one of the holes. This was followed by several other holes being used in the same way by very small bees.
    The only information I have gleaned about burrowing bees is that they are not aggressive and the male has no sting.
    Please could you tell me something about these bees habits. Are they solitary, how deep are their nests, the size of brood and how long they inhabit the nest. I would like to weed the patio but do not want to disturb them.
    Thank you for giving me this opportunity to ask these questions and producing a fantastic programme.

  • Comment number 42.

    Hi. I had an interesting but puzzling encounter with a pipistrelle bat yesterday morning,at 11.30,in bright sunshine. What I thought was a large butterfly turned out to be a bat flying.I have a summer bat roost on the side of my house,and the bats usually return at the start of May.During the winter I have had to have a little restorative work done on the soffit board by where they enter their roost,as it was disintegrating. This meant the entry point was white instead of brown. I don't know if this would be significant,but this bat made 10 to 15 passes at the usual entry,someimes landing on the wall,sometimes on the roof,sometimes missing altogether,before finally landing in the right place and crawling up the 'ladder' cut in the plastic for that purpose. I assumed it was scouting out the summer roost before the others returned - and many must now have come back as there are the droppings to show it. Is this a feasible supposition,and why would it be flying at that time of day?

  • Comment number 43.

    Does anyone make comments or try to provide answers to the questions posed in these comments?
    Why put this "Can we come to you and help solve some mysteries and perhaps share the weird and wonderful things going on in your neighbourhood with the rest of the world?

    Springbusters are standing by...

    All I need now is to hear from you!"

    in your blurb if you do nothing?

  • Comment number 44.

    I don't have a mystery in what is in my pond, as I presume it is tadpoles. The mystery is how, with a pond that is a mess and is not looked after, that this year it is teeming, and I mean literally teaming, with tadpoles. The surface of the pond is constantly bubbling with the tadpoles and when you look at it from a distance it looks like a boiling couldron. Now, why would frogs want to spawn in such a miserable, unkempt pond and what on earth are all the tadpoles all feeding on!!!!!

  • Comment number 45.

    Hi Martin,
    Just want to say that I am looking forward to your Easter Monday show, but is this it? Won't there be any more Springwatch shows this Spring? Chris' documentaries are great, I do enjoy them, but Springwatch is different, it's lively funny and informal while still being very informative and as such reaches a much wider audience and probably attracts people who wouldn't watch a nature documentary -public service broadcasting at its very best. Also Chris can make my husband laugh, its a miracle!! Please Martin, Chris and Kate do make time in your busy schedules for this twice yearly series of programmes, you are the best programme on BBC, I and many others wait for you all eagerly.
    As for nature, I also have burrowing bees, in large quantities in my house in Dordogne (so much so that they buzz in the doors and windows early in the morning), this, however, serves to wake me in time to hear the nightingale sing before the other birds get going and drown it out. I could do with Chris here to analyse the poo I find in the woods while walking the dog. I would also like to know what the goose like birds were that I saw flying overhead in V formation overhead, flying northwards.

  • Comment number 46.

    i recently found an old pair of shoes in the shed,so i left them out on the patio overnight,the next morning they were gone.Only to be found buried in the garden,1 in a butler sink,and the other under a bush.my garden is fully secured at night.this has happened twice now,the 2nd time,they were found in different places.what could possibly be doing this??

  • Comment number 47.

    hi there , we have a blackbird in our back garden who has been nesting in the same nest for the past four year. The nest is on top of a security light on our backdoor. The bird is very friendley and she let us feed her sometime by hand or when she is in the nest ,with a 2 feet wire.she likes sultana and strawberry and she also passes them to the young chicks. We have photos and videos of it but because the nest is under the eves of the house they are poor quality but good enough to see details. Is this a normal behaviour for a blckbird ? any comment will be appreciated

  • Comment number 48.

    Yesterday morning we found a pellet in our garden on a small table we have on the patio. I have looked on the RSPB pellet recognition site and am pretty certain it is a Tawny Owls but we are baffled as to how it could have come to be there. We live a short way from a town centre on a large estate. We have heard Tawnys in the night before but would one land on a table in the garden or could this have been dropped from above. It is absolutely fascinating, you can actually see what look like little claws sticking out of it. I have a photograph but am not sure how to send this to you. ThankYou. Muchly looking forward to Springwatch this year. We have been out walking in West Sussex today, it is stunning out there. We are so lucky to have this beauty all around us

  • Comment number 49.

    Hello fellow nature enthusiasts! I am a newbie on this site and my sudden impetus to join is because I am a bit mystified by the behaviour of a mating pair of Blackbirds. They were nesting in my Pyracanthas, however this week, I spotted the female discarding one by one the dead bodies of her 3 newly hatched babies. All three were already dead when I found them on the patio, I wonder if she felt the nest was threatened? Does anyone have any ideas? Yesterday, I noticed they were both building 2 more new nests on the opposite wall in another Pyracanthus, why would they be building 2 nests? Your expert opinion/comments are most welcome....

  • Comment number 50.

    We have a mystery. Can you please tell me what we have seen this evening. They looked like stag beetles but were bigger than lesser stag beetles and smaller than stag beetles. They were brown and one had antlers and the other didn't (male & female obviously). This is also much earlier than I would expect to see them, even with the uncommonly warm weather. Any ideas what they are?

    Btw, I have found about 10 stag beetle larvae in the last week, so hopefully we're in for a continued run of them for the next few years. We have a pair of stag beetles every year. But I found these larvae in the compost bin and the soil - not rotten wood!

  • Comment number 51.

    hello Martin am new to this site.
    i have a question is it wrong for me to feed a fox that comes into my garden every night.i only feed it left over meat.i do have cctv on my property so i can see the fox taking the meat away.

  • Comment number 52.

    I live in the nature haven that is Brislington, Bristol and have a wealth of wonderful wildlife such as Bagers, Fox and wild Deer. The mystery I have though is the hooting of owls. There appears to be at least two different types of "hoot" and I'd really love to find out who the owners of these voices are.

  • Comment number 53.

    I have a very confused Blue Tit and Tree Sparrow in my garden. The Blue Tit has taken a fancy to its reflection in the car mirrors it flies in front of them pecking at the mirror. I didn't want it to hurt itself so I wrapped a towel round each of the mirrors that didn't work it has managed to remove the towels. I now have home made rubber sleeves over the mirrors but it is not silly when I parked the car up today it landed on the door ledge before I turned the engine off?? What is it doing?
    Now to the tree sparrow it lands on the roof of the nest box where the blue tits are it looks down at the entrance and makes a lot of noise it even landed on the door to it with the blue tit inside?? and its mate on the washing line. I went out and the tree sparrow left the blue tit flew out of the nest box once the tree sparrow had left. Only the tree sparrow returned shortly after and landed on the nest box the blue tit landed beside it up on the roof of the garage. What is the tree sparrow up to?

  • Comment number 54.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 55.

    I will wait until this evening's programme. Why was there no Springwatch going on in February, when I my pond was flooding with daily mounds of frog and toad spawn? Don't you leave the message board open for these early events?
    Welcome Back!
    Amelie

  • Comment number 56.

    We had noises from somewhere around the garage last night. Just moved into the house so all a bit new to us. A little bit of peering between the fence and the garage with a torch (it was late!) and lo and behold there were baby foxes! It turns out that they have a den dug under our garage. No idea how many or anything but would love to know more!

  • Comment number 57.

    Hi HOW RARE IS IT FOR BUMBLEBEES TO TAKE OVER A TIT BOX AT A HEIGHT OF 2 MTRS ?
    TONY

  • Comment number 58.

    HI Martin, how rare is it that bumblebees take over a tit box at a height of 2 mtrs, much to the bewilderment of the blue tits who were planning to nest as previous years

  • Comment number 59.

    Lin Hazell - Solitary bees lays a single egg in its own cell, which is filled with a pollen food store and sealed up by mortar (Red Mason Bees), or leafs (Leafcutter bees) or various other materials depending on the species. They can excavate holes up to 10cm long and each will contain multiple cells. Once the eggs are laid the larvae develop and grow, using the pollen and stay in the nest until next Spring when they emerge. All of the adults die during winter when there isn't enough food to go around.

    In Gloucestershire I've got loads of Solitary Bees around my Apple Blossom. They're nesting now, and collecting pollen to fill their nest cells up. They're in danger and need our help but don't really get recognition, they're overshadowed by Honeybees, but there's evidence to say they are actually better pollinators.

    I did a project on it last year at school for a Gold Crest Award and we went to the Royal Society Exhibition to present our findings to the public and the majority of them didn't have a clue they existed, and we're pleasantly surprised when we told them they didn't sting!! We designed and made experimental bee houses, to see which type of nest hole they preferred to nest in (we aimed to attract mainly red mason bees) in co-operation with people from the University of Gloucestershire and a local charity. Bamboo appears to be the favourite.

    Anyway, I'd really love it if you could tell your captive audience all about them. Their main threat is a lack of nest-sites (ie old mortar in between the bricks of houses) and its easy to help them by building or buying a bee house and planting bee-friendly purple flowering plants. It would be nice to have more insects on the programme in general!

    Thanks, Alice

  • Comment number 60.

    for about a week now, we have been getting an influx of black flies all over our garden. they're the size of normal flies but slimmer and probably a little long. are they just fruit flies? how long will they be around? should i do anything to protect the fruit trees, e.g. spraying with solution of fairy liquid?
    thank you

  • Comment number 61.

    tonya62 They could be Tree Bumblebees - they like to nest in holes in trees, so its possible that they would take over a blue-tit nest box if no natural holes are available. They only colonised the UK in 2001, but are becoming more common.
    Look here: http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/tree_bee.htm

  • Comment number 62.

    I have twice seen a mouse feeding on our peanut feeders. I know it jumps off when startled but how on earth does it get up there in the first place?

  • Comment number 63.

    ive already put this up on another page,would somebody please try and explain to me what is happening when you see what looks like a spiders web,no spider there, and what looks like leaves wrapped up in this web and loads of little black tiny eggs and loads of tiny caterpillers alive crawling around inside of this web. they look like red admiral butteryflies caterpillars or would they be a moth, im sorry but ive never seen this before i have a photo and will download it for you to look at if nobody can help me please ive seen this 3 times now and they only last a matter of days then gone even the web all gone thankyou paula t xx

  • Comment number 64.

    Re. p-y-b Mikes comments on Big Cats,could he explain the 1% he claims were not misidentified? Having had reports of sightings from police officers, a fishery manager,a forensic investigator [who obtained hair samples later identified as puma], and a member of my own family, I imagine these are his 1%. A report on the current status of British Big Cats is long overdue on Springwatch.

  • Comment number 65.

    after just watching your springwatch easter special programme ,i am so looking forward to the start of springwatch in just over a months time,but won't it be summerwatch by then (the way the season is panning out this year ? ) and yes jodavey we have got those black flies as well ,what are they please ?

  • Comment number 66.

    Chaslinz Wrote a blog on this site which then said was going to moderaters can you please tell me what I have done wrong as it has not been posted

  • Comment number 67.

    Wish I could say something mysterious did come this way, cos I'd just like MHG to visit my house. ;) Indeed, we can dream!

  • Comment number 68.

    hi there I have a pair of mistle thrush's at my allotment nesting and have been told that they are very uncommen is this true i am in the barnsley area of north yorkshire.

  • Comment number 69.

    I live in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, I have a brook running through my back garden called Well Brook - this runs directly into the river Dore. The river dore is why the golden valley is called the golden valley - a mistake really as Dore is the french word for gold - apparently! Anyway, I was coming home late one night from the theatre and I saw a dog otter outside my house. I would love to find out what other wildlife is about my brook and garden at night - can you get night vision cameras - I'd love to attach one to my bridge in the garden and see what's about.

  • Comment number 70.

    It is not so much out of the ordinary but I have a question. I have a fox that visits my garden everyday, as do many people. He even bought a lady with him a few times a few weeks ago. More recently he has shaped out a little space in my bushes where he tends to sit for hours in the sunshine before disappearing at dusk. My question is, where does he go? Does he had a den close by? Might he have cubs? How far away would he travel? I'd like to know his story!

  • Comment number 71.

    I would like to share my news about hearing the CUCKOO yesterday 25th April @Begelly Pembrokeshire. It is very early &we could not believe this until we heard it repeating.

  • Comment number 72.

    latenightskies thankyou for the info, very interesting, much obliged

  • Comment number 73.

    Cuckoo arrived on my part of Skye on April 21st- 2 days earlier in another part of the island!
    I was fishing in a sea loch on the west coast of Skye this afternoon and saw some ravens flying over the hill near me. Nothing surprising in that - they fly regularly over my house.What did amaze me though was that more and more kept appearing over the hill,until there were probably in the region of 40. I have never witnessed numbers like this before - can anyone offer an explanation? And yes,they were definitely ravens.There is no mistaking their size and shape and call.

  • Comment number 74.

    Was out walking in Rivington Lancs last Thursday and saw an Eagle Owl(very close up,so don't think it could be anything else).Have never seen one in the wild before and didn't realise any existed in Lancs.Is it an escapee do you think?We got very close and although other birds were harrassing it it didn't seem too worried about us!

  • Comment number 75.

    I just needed to tell someone that after much investigation and two sightings now while out on a ride with my horse I have seen a pair of Golden Oriole's near Frodsham in Cheshire. According to the rspb site they are only spotted down south! Seen 1st on the 22nd April and then again yesterday where I stayed a lot longer to ensure I was seeing what I was seeing! They are in open farmland picking insects of very mature sloe hedge and calling from tree top and telegraph poles, unlikely anyone would stumble across them as quite remote site.

  • Comment number 76.

    Hi.Can you please help??? We thought our Blue tits had built a nest in our camera box, but were VERY surprised to find the nest has been taken over by a Bumble Bee, and we now have many baby bumble bees. Are we allowed to evict them to another suitable place so that the birds can have their box back. As I am a very keen gardener and love all the wildlife I don't want to harm them.

  • Comment number 77.

    Hi Martin, we have nightly visits from bats at my mum's balcony, we put the light on to encourage flying insects in and the bats soon follow. We would love to know what type of bats they are and where the roost is?! (we have wondered if they are in the roof space) and would love for you and the team to come and help us. My daughter has tried filming them but her equipment is simply not up to the job! :-(

  • Comment number 78.

    love the new series by Chris Packham.lack of rain in the area I live has seen my bird baths being used by so many birds this last few weeks,I have had to refill them twice a day.I have never seen so many birds in my garden,do they have a grapevine system to let other birds know where a source of water is

  • Comment number 79.

    Yes! We need springwatch to highlight the plight of Badgers, and any other precious wildlife under threat from crazy government policies. Its a mystery to me why they are so determined to ignor the science and go ahead with mass slaughter no matter what the tide of public opinion. I know the BBC is suposed to be un-biased and your probably not allowed to say anything against government policy on air but there has to be a way to highlight this craziness, is the whole point of springwatch not to raise awareness of wildlife issues as well as to celebrate the joys it brings us all?

  • Comment number 80.

    Dear Martin

    My wife Sue and I would love you to come to our garden and see our hand carved bird boxes and peanut feeders that we think are great. All my own work made from recycled timber. They feature roses and oak leaves with acorns. The birds like them too, with tree sparrows nesting in one and blue tits in the other.

    We could also show you how to link mathematics with bird watching, to give a new twist to a maths lesson and provide lots of fun for children. A tree sparrow generates a number of 1902, whereas a blue tit generates a number of 4560, but the question is how?

  • Comment number 81.

    Re. pen-y-bont- mike- today I saw what I took to be several orange tip butterflies...must have been mistaken!In fact, anyone who sees anything is probably mistaken.You seen anything lately?

  • Comment number 82.

    Hi, I have seen my first canada geese chicks, would like to know if this is early/late or about right, because there has been a very cold wind in this neck of woods. Nr Scarborough. Another thing I have noticed is that the daffs only lasted about three weeks, (those in the open)

  • Comment number 83.

    Has anyone else seen a moorhen in a tree? I recently saw one clambering through a tree overhanging a local river. It eventually managed to drop down into the water.

  • Comment number 84.

    We have jackdaws nesting in our chimney and ring doves in our palm trees. The jackdaws (at least three) have just attacked a dove and there are feathers fluttering down all over the place. What's going on?

  • Comment number 85.

    We have a black bird that eats the cat biscuits and feeds them to his wife and young, I was wondering if they are bad for them as he seems to favour them a lot, if the bowl is empty he follows me around squawking at me till I go and fill it, I think he is rather brave pinching the cats food, he dose it while there sat right near the bowl and the cats don't mined, its like some sort of treaty they have going on :)

  • Comment number 86.

    I have noticed over the last 3yrs that my birdfeeders do not seem to require filling as often in the begining and during the breeding season.
    Could this indicate that the birds change their diet to a higher proteine rich food source i.e more grubs and insects?

  • Comment number 87.

    Hi Martin,
    I found this very strange ball of feathers in our local park.(Tamworth)
    They seem to be joined at the centre by bone but there is no body, blood or damage to the feathers - they look perfect. The feathers are blonde with a dark brown streak - i've posted a picture on flicker as vampsassy.
    I really want to know what this is - it is certainly not man-made. Help

  • Comment number 88.

    HILLY Please see link on No61

  • Comment number 89.

    We have a Pied Flycatcher outside our house in Carmarthenshire, in a nest box, would be very easy to film if your interested.

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi, well I'd love to be able to attach a photograph of this ... but I've a regular Visitor to my garden. A male blackbird, we call him 'Shabbers', he's almost the 'Bob Marley. of the bird world ... looks like he's been dragged through the hedge backwards ... so friendly that he comes into the house & 'chuffs' at me to put some raisins out for him ... been with us for 2 years now ... never looks any better ... what could be up with him?

  • Comment number 91.

    hi can anyone help me something is removing the plants from my garden, this week i put 3 punkin plants out the garden in pots went out today an there gone roots an all no mess just a hole where they once were what could do this as last year it was my beans thanks

  • Comment number 92.

    Wish I had something to entice you to my next of the woods, well the BS10 area of Bristol. Have seen my first frog (just hopping about the pavement), heard my first cuckoo and never tire of seeing the resident fox family (at the bottom of my street) but is it glamourous enough to get Martin and his team here, doubt it. Oh well I can dream about it.
    But they are cute cubs!

  • Comment number 93.

    Hi Martin, not you, but my regular house martins haven't arrived yet. Last year I had 6 nests under the eaves, and the year before I had 11. I also have swifts come and nest in my roof every year. Last year the martins arrived 13 April and the swifts 2 May but nothing so far, is this the case elsewhere?

  • Comment number 94.

    For the first time in the last 11 years we have discovered a few dead house sparrow chicks in the garden. They normally nest in the eaves of our house and next door with no worries. Has anyone else noticed this or would anyone know why this is happening?

  • Comment number 95.

    In the Easter special, when Kate was checking out nest boxes on one of them was a small bird, fairly innocuous apart from a black cap with a white stripe running upwards over it from the base of the neck. I've seen a couple of these in my garden a couple of times over a few months (although as I work full-time they could be visiting 3 or 4 times a week for all I know!). Attempts to ID them so far have been fruitless. I do get visits from a coal tit sometimes (no white stripe of course)and someone has suggested maybe they are aberrant ones. The video footage on the Easter special was the first time I've seen one other than in my garden. Can you please tell me what they are exactly?
    Many thanks
    Jacqui

  • Comment number 96.

    I like and enjoy springwatch very much and my wife ,who also enjoys it the only thing we dislike is everybody waving there hands and arms about when you start talking , please stop . xx

  • Comment number 97.

    I have been feeding two hedgehogs in my garden since beginning of March as it has been so dry and no slugs about. found their favourite is dried meal worms. Wish it would rain soon as it is costing a fortune!!!

  • Comment number 98.

    I have lived here for the past 22 years and to my delight, this morning I heard a cuckoo for the first time since moving here! It is very rural here and I am surrounded by trees and fields to the back of my house. I believe the cuckoo is in decline! Hopefully this is a good sign.

  • Comment number 99.

    Hi Martin and Chris it was nice to meet you both tonight in Port Erin and look forward to the next programme, hope the Isle of Man weather holds for you.
    Regards Paul and Judith.

  • Comment number 100.

    Hi Martin, Chris and Kate. I am having an ongoing problem with Carrion Crows which nest locally. Each year they are extremely successful, bringing up a healthy brood, unfortunately they terrorise the neighbourhood, they have taken fish out of our pond and our neighbours' pond and I have seen them catch and kill birds in our garden, only yesterday they caught a Dunnock, the death is not quick and painless like the catch of a Sparrowhawk, but painful and distressing to see. Your comments would be appreciated. I know it is nature and I appreciate that nature can be cruel sometimes, but I do wonder sometimes as to whether I ought to stop feeding my garden birds as enticing them in lowers their guard.

 

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