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Autumnwatch Unsprung: Keep those questions coming

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Gavin Boyland Gavin Boyland | 15:38 UK time, Monday, 17 October 2011

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Thanks everyone for watching Unsprung on Friday. I hope you enjoyed the show. Wasn't Maya Plass brilliant? It's wonderful to have people on who are so knowledgeable and passionate. I also must do a big thank you to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth for bringing along their 'mock pool' (as Maya so eloquently put it).

If any of you have been out rock pooling this week we'd love to see your pictures. Please use the Autumnwatch photo group to share them. We'll be featuring the best at the beginning of this week's show. If there's something you've found that you can't identify why not pop it up there as well. As Michaela said, our big kids - Chris and Martin - will also be having a go at rock pooling this week so we'll see the result in the main show.

This Friday's Unsprung is already shaping up to be a great show. Johnny Kingdom, who's been out filming for us on his beloved Exmoor, will be joining us in the studio, and bird trainer and friend of Unsprung Lloyd Buck will also be popping along with some very special guests.

In the meantime keep your goodies coming: post any questions for the team, Johnny or Lloyd here. The photo group's the place to share your wonderful autumn shots. We're particular interested in any pictures that have a mystery involved or show unusual behaviour. We'd also love to see your wildlife home movies and we'll soon be updating our website with your latest videos.

Thanks to everyone who's got involved already and please keep it coming.

Update 26 October: This post is now closed for comments. If you'd like to ask a question or share a story with the Unsprung team please comment on this post.

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  • Comment number 1.

    It was interesting to see the marine aquarium but I was very surprised to hear 'anemone' mispronounced as 'anenome', and by a marine biologist at that.

  • Comment number 2.

    TO LLOYD - please, please, PLEASE can you help me fulfill an ambition by getting some of your lovely starlings to perch on my head? This ambition is on my 'Bucket List'!

  • Comment number 3.

    can we have more of those absolutely riotous baby red squirrels *pleeeeease*?

  • Comment number 4.

    Truly overjoyed at having the marvellous, eccentric Johnny Kingdom and lovely Lloyd on Unsprung. Cannot wait.

  • Comment number 5.

    I am a Johnny Kingdom stalker so I am so looking forward to Friday !!! he is the greatest . I wanted to book a Safari this year to watch the rutting but left it too late so I will book for next year , he is such a nice man a true legend

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi guys, this weekend I heard several (or more) birds gently tapping on a group of large coniferous trees in the churchyard at Deerhurst. I couldn't get a definite glimpse however hard I tried, although I did see one small long tailed bird flying between trees, so possibly a treecreeper or long-tailed tit. Are these birds likely to have been nuthatches, treecreepers, or do other small birds also tap for insects?

  • Comment number 7.

    Question for Chris or Johnny Kingdom i have noticed that the blue flash on the wings of a Magpie Vary in depth of colour from light blue to almost purple why is there such a variation .
    Love the new shows very entertaining especially as Head Mistress Michaela is keeping the naughty children (Martin and Chris) under control.
    Thanks Martin

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi,
    I'd be extremely interested in some photography tips from Chris. He has commented on a number of photographs and techniques and I'd love to hear his "top ten" photo tips: the use of a mirror for photographing fungi was utterly inspired.
    I'd also be interested in hearing when you would expect brent geese to be appearing up here in the North East of Scotland. There are usually a few at lossiemouth most years but I have managed to "dip" them every time!
    From Samuel Kerr, wildlife enthusiast and vet in the North East of Scotland

  • Comment number 9.

    To Johnny, do you ever feel intimidated or in any danger, when you are watching a big Stag? I remember walking up a track, and a stag appeared, we had a little stand off, (I felt quite vulnerable and thought what would JK do now?) once he realised I was no threat he moved on.

  • Comment number 10.

    To Lloyd how much time do you have to spend with each bird? Do birds of the same species act in the same way when you train them, or are they all different?

  • Comment number 11.

    I'd really like to know why herons and pelicans fly with their necks bent and their heads tucked back, while cranes fly with their necks outstretched like geese and swans.

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Autumnwatch team, I'm 15 years old and thinking of going into wildlife filming can i ask Johnny if i need to invest in professional gear or start off small and build up when buying equipment such as a camcorder and camera. From Josh

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi A-Team. Please can you ask Johnny "what has be been up to because we have not seen him on TV recently and we would love to know how his lake is shaping up?"

  • Comment number 14.

    I live in France and just love the programme. Unsprung especially. How do i send you a photograph of a caterpillar for identification?

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi to all the team! I work on a rig supply vessel that sails out of Aberdeen and we often have birds that hitch a lift and take a rest on our vessel, but this week we have had three very unusual hitchers! Two days ago, what we think was a short eared owl landed on the bridge window, (have photos) then today the 2nd mate saw a smaller owl (no photo) and later we had a larger owl (have a photo) we think is a long eared owl was resting on the main cargo deck.
    We were approximately 140nm due east of Aberdeen and very close to an oil field. What we would like to know is where are these birds coming from and going to and is this normal?

  • Comment number 16.

    Have any of the team ever being charged by a Red deer stag? While I was out Capercaillie counting on a Highland Estate as a student I was beating a section of heather and a huge stag appeared from what at must have been a hollow in the heather and ran straight at me, vering off at the last second. I think it happened because there were counters at one end spread out in a long row and beaters spread out in a line over the area but i'm not sure. Roe deer used to do the same and they'd come even closer. It was an amazing sight but not sure it's one i'd like to repeat as my heart missed a few beats.

  • Comment number 17.

    Has anyone, especially the programme presenters, ever seen a swallow chase a wood pigeon?
    A few weeks ago I witnessed a swallow closely and deliberately pursue a wood pigeon round and round (approx a half mile radius) for about 5 minutes, til the pigeon flew off, which was a relief as I had become dizzy !
    I'm sure the swallow was either one of the two broods fledged nearby this year, or one of the parents.
    Your thoughts as to why, please?
    Thanks.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi! Question that has been bugging me for some time and, despite doing some reading round, I haven't had a conclusive yeah or nay to it so far is: when swifts. swallows and martins migrate south to the southern hemisphere for their summer, are they breeding there too? Or, are some of these birds breeding in Africa and only 'recuperating' here in our summer? If all these hirundines are only breeding in the northern hemisphere and simply wintering in the Southern Hemisphere (all round the World I presume?), is there any speculation as to why only this pattern might have evolved? Conversely, are there any birds that 'winter' in the Northern Hemisphere and only breed in the Southern Hemisphere? Many thanks in anticipation.

  • Comment number 19.

    Thanks everyone for your questions, keep them coming.

    @kerry, it's fascinating to hear about your owls, it's something that we're looking at in an upcoming show. It would be great to see the pictures you mention. Could you upload them to our photo group http://www.flickr.com/groups/bbcautumnwatch/.

    Thanks,

    Gavin

  • Comment number 20.

    A question for Johnny Kingdom.

    Do you have any tips on the best ways to photograph deer with non expensive camera gear.

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi guys,

    Can you ask Johnny about wild boars as i know he has had some experience with them on Exmoor, are they getting more common and expanding their range, and how do they effect the moorland habitats?

  • Comment number 22.

    should i have the native hedges arround my paddock cut every year?

  • Comment number 23.

    We are going to the Isle of Man next week (24th) What autumn wildlife can we expect to see?

  • Comment number 24.

    Whos digging in my garden??
    My mother moved to a new house a month ago and has a mystery in her garden.
    It started with a small hole in a shrub border, nothing too big, so we scrapped the earth back and tidied up. A couple of days later there was a bigger hole in exactly the same place with the earth kicked out across the lawn. Ah we thought a squirrel after some tasty bulbs. Back went the earth and some small sticks and prickly twigs put on top. A couple of days later an even bigger hole in the same place all the sticks and twigs scattered and earth everywhere. Right this was a challenge, so back went the earth with heavier log on top. We noted that the bulbs in the hole were scratched but not eaten so discounted the squirrel, but did notice that in the scattered earth round the hole there was what was probably the remains of a hedgehog, just the skin & prickles but it looked very old not fresh. To our surprise the hole was dug again earth, log and hedgehog remains all over the lawn. Can anyone suggest what would do this and why does it keep coming back to the same place the last hole was a trowel size deep and we took some photos of it. I will try to put them up on your photo share. The area is semi rural with lots of gardens around and the edge of the New Forest about a mile away.
    Interested in your ideas.

  • Comment number 25.

    Question for Chris - since writing such unkind things about them in your book 'Creating your own Back Garden Nature Reserve' - describing them as "gormless" and "..near characterless.." have you changed your mind about newts? I think you owe these amazing beasts an apology..

  • Comment number 26.

    Question for Chris. I have noticed my dog sniffing Harvestmen then rolling on them. He only usually rolls on really stinky stuff, usually poo, and the occasional tripe stick. He has never rolled on any other insects, spiders etc, so why Harvestmen? I assume they must give off some kind of smell? If so why?

  • Comment number 27.

    Question for Chris and Lloyd - I have my daily flock of starlings that descend on my selection of fat trays and balls. The fighting is quite entertaining at feeding time! However, this morning, I found a fat feeder on the ground.........and a poor dead starling next to it. This would have happened yesterday evening (Tuesday, around 5.30ish I would guess) Is it common for starlings to attack with such force that they kill each other in the process? The bird was completely unmarked. Thanks guys.

  • Comment number 28.

    Yesterday I noticed that my Azelea plant has a beautiful pink flower growing near the base. For October it looked magical. Also my Shasta daisies have flowered again.

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi to everyone at autumnwatch

    We all know the principle of species to nature balance that's why we have to cull certain species to keeping them down to an acceptable level that the land can support otherwise they will over populate and destroy their environment .
    My question to all the autumnwatch presenters and its viewers is, why do we think the balance between species and nature doesn't include us, we are the biggest destructive element on this planet ,yet we do not have to abide by its rules and regulations, but we do in force them on other species, I have been asking this question for over 15 years and nobody has answered it , why can we carry on increasing our numbers and it will not affect our environment or our future, I would like somebody to explain it to me, the road were going down now where is the future in it I don't see it ? simple reason the sums don't add up.
    I will challenge anyone to explain to me how increasing our numbers and destroying our planet benefits this planet the species we share this planet with and our own species? Isn't it about time we practise what we preach and brought our own species down to an acceptable level , By intelligent and responsible governing of our own kind so not to endanger our environment?

  • Comment number 30.

    I was walking near Bats Castle on Exmoor and heard a most unusual bird call. Sounded initially like a bull frog then it made a coughing noise and then it sounded more like a pig snorting. It was coming from the top of a very tall conifer and I couldn't see the bird although it must have been large given the volume of the call. Never heard anything like it in my life before. I klnow it sounds mad but I did have two witnesses who can confirm this strange phenomenon. can anyone help?

  • Comment number 31.

    Been Up woods to gather "Sweet Chestnuts" for Christmas stuffing, when peeling the nuts some have small bore holes with maggots in, could you tell me please what do these maggots turn into,also do they bore into the nut on the ground or on tree.
    Thanks Tony

  • Comment number 32.

    Just to let you know we have 10 newly hatched mallard ducklings on our pond in St Georges park, Bristol. Maybe they think it's Springwatch!

  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Team
    Last Friday I was lucky enough to have spotted a very unusual and beautifully marked seal - with fantastically white whiskers! (At St Cyrus NNR, NE Scotland).
    It was confirmed today as being a "bearded seal" - presumably this is a rare sighting in UK, as it's normal habitat is the arctic circle?
    Does the team have any ideas or thoughts about why this amazingly stunning creature must/might have traveled south to Scotland??
    Thanking you in anticipation,
    Michael Craig

  • Comment number 34.

    I have a question for the team.
    I saw a group of 3 Muntjac deer while on a walk last Saturday morning.
    I have normally only seen them on their own.
    Would this group be a male and 2 females or a mother and 2 younger offspring?

  • Comment number 35.

    i saw a buzzard eatting a rabbit infected with myxomatosis the other day. is the bird or any other animal that eats an infected rabbit in any danger of catching it?

  • Comment number 36.

    We have wood pigeons raising two chicks in our silver birch tree. The chicks seem to be thriving and are beginning to flex their wings but are they likely to survive?

  • Comment number 37.

    How do you tell the difference between a male and female fox. Is it true that the male fox has more of a bushy tail than the female.

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi, a question for Johnny Kingdom.
    My family and I have just enjoyed a fantastic safari on exmoor with Johnny (last weekend). My son Charles 13 is a devoted fan, he has read all his books and enjoys his wonderful dvd's.
    We know that the stags can be very temperamental during the rutt, and that you must keep your distance and we wondered if Johnny had had any close shaves that he could tell us about?
    Also thankyou level headed Jo, Martin and Lindsay for being so kind and giving us your autographs when we interrupted your meal in the pub last monday evening!
    Best wishes to all on Autumn Watch, you are doing a great job!

  • Comment number 39.

    There are still caterpillars on the California poppy plants on our London balcony - the latest ones started tucking themselves in last week, ready to form chrysalises. Is there still a chance that these new creatures will "hatch" so late in the year ... or are they now doomed (especially with the current low temperatures ...)? I've no idea what these particular ones might be (we've had lots of caterpillars on our small plants all year but I've not seen any butterflies so I presume these have all been moth caterpillars - although I did post several photos to the BBC 'Watch' Flickr site during the summer of a (for us!) particularly large and handsome (green) fellow ...). Thanks, TB/EB.
    PS - We, too, saw many Red Admiral butterflies - drifting past our balcony - during the same week that Martin H-G reported seeing these around his home ... 'tho', sadly, none of them appeared to settle actually on the balcony, so I guess it's unlikely that they would have laid these caterpillar eggs ..?

  • Comment number 40.

    I HAVE RECENTLY NOTICED SOME DISTINCTLY COLOURED PIGEONS IN LONDON. THEY ARE NOT THE USUAL MIX OF BLACK, WHITE AND GREY THAT YOU GET FROM THE INTERBREEDING THAT MUST GO ON, BUT HAVE A PURPLISH/BROWN BODY AND A PALE GREY TAIL. THE DISTRIBUTION OF THESE COLOURS IS UNIFORM IN DIFFERENT SPECIMENS. HAS ANYONE ANY SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHY THIS IS ? "MONGREL" PIGEONS HAVE A VARIETY OF COLOUR PATTERN ON THEIR BODIES OFTEN IN A HAPHAZARD LAYOUT.

  • Comment number 41.

    Hi, Why are the trees late losing their leaves this year? They were earlier coming out, due to the lovely early spring, but the ones in my garden are only just turning brown. Previously they would have mostly fallen by now. Did the warm October start make a difference?

  • Comment number 42.

    As the sparrows in our nest box were fledging at the end of July, we noticed a gang of sparrows 'mobbing' the box. It continued long enough for us to take some photos. Were the other sparrows encouraging the youngsters to come out? The nest box is attached to the back of our garden shed and the entire nest box roof and part of the shed roof were covered with sparrows! Is this normal sparrow behaviour? We'd love to hear your comments.

  • Comment number 43.

    Hi chris
    you covered a topic this year why birds turn there eggs i must say i always thought it was to stop the embrio sticking to the sides and for humidity reasons as the hawks always visit the water hole in hot weather to wet them selves then return to the nest dampening the eggs,as eggs been incubated in a incubator have to have the right humidity setting for them to hatch,then suddenly thought abour reptiles.

    i guess its fair to say birds were once reptiles,and reptiles bury there eggs and are not turned, the damp ground would be fine for the humidity so is there a answer why reptiles dont need to turn there eggs.

  • Comment number 44.

    I have been watching a kingfisher and recently it came onto the bank of the stream and picked up a small stick, about one and a half inches long. it played with it and eventually dropped it before coughing up a small ball of fish scales. Is he just thinking that the stick is a small fish or is there a different reason for his behaviour? I have good photographs of both actions.

  • Comment number 45.

    Question for Johnny, is there a bird or animal that you would like to film, but haven't been able to capture it yet?

  • Comment number 46.

    What does Johnny make of Melanistic & Leucistic deer? Is it a good thing to encourage breeding these strains as is done on the Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns by selective culling (shame that they have to be culled - bring back the wolves!)? Certainly the dark deer of Ashridge are a joy to behold especially at this time of year but is a more diverse colour range healthier for the species? Thank you for your insight.

  • Comment number 47.

    Hi, I have been watching (and videoing) a blue tit going into a hole in my neighbours house. It does this during the day and usually stays inside for longer than I can wait for it to come back out! I have seen this several times in the last week by chance, so it must be going in and out fequently. If it was doing it at dawn or dusk I would presume it was roosting in there, but it is during the day. Had this been spring or summer I would have presumed it was nesting, but in October? Is this possible? Do you know what it is upto and if it is normal behaviour?

  • Comment number 48.

    Bumblees
    We bought a hive of pollinating Bufftail bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) in the spring and have watched them and other species avidly throughout the summer. We have planted bee-friendly plants in our city garden which backs on to a wooded valley. This has attracted Honey bees (Apis mellifera), Common Carder bee (Bombus pascuorum), Garden Bumble bee (Bombus hortorum), Red-tailed bumble bee (Bombus lapidarius) and on 16th October a Queen Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) was observed feeding on chrysanthemums.
    Earlier in the year, on a visit to RSPB Old Moor Reserve near Barnsley, I was shown a colony of Tree Bumblebees which it was believed to be one of only two colonies in South Yorkshire. Apparently this bee only colonised the South of England from the continent in 2001 and has been moving slowly northward and westward since.

    My question is have any of the team or viewers observed the Tree Bumble Bee in more northerly locations and have you any theories as to why it is colonising here? Is climate warming a factor, or could there be other reasons such as habitat change in both the countryside and urban areas? (NB The Tree Bumble Bee is distinguished by a black head, a tawny to ginger thorax, black abdomen and white tail)

    Also what is the latest time for queens to be flying before hibernating? Does this vary between the species? This week has seen high winds, frosts, heavy rain in South Yorkshire and yet each day there are a handful of queens still foraging?

  • Comment number 49.

    'Johnny Kingdom & Wildlife Filmer Adam's Wild Year' - sounds like a great series doesn't it?

  • Comment number 50.

    P.S. Or, if it's a feature for Springwatch/Autumnwatch; 'Johnny Kingdom & Wildlife Filmer Adam's Wild Time'.

  • Comment number 51.

    Can Johnny help us identify some of the night time sounds we're likely to hear at this time of year please

  • Comment number 52.

    Hi a question, we have had a couple of wood pigions nesting in our wood this year, they had a pair of young fledge only two weeks ago is this unusual.

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi - does anyone know what happens to Hawfinch from the end of the breeding season to December? They seem to disappear.

  • Comment number 54.

    Blackbirds
    we had upto 12 in our garden earlier this year and iin the middle of September they all vanished, we walk in the country around the village and there was none there also, they have now come back just as quick as they went. where did they go to as they were not in any of the local field. some of te other birds vanished as well and they have come back. we live in East Devon

  • Comment number 55.

    Does Johnny ever spot otters around Exmmor? If so, does he have any tips on spotting them or their tracks/spraint - this creature always seems to be described as elusive, and despite many long hours spent by streams in Derbyshire and beyond we have still had no luck!

  • Comment number 56.

    Hi all, we often visit Burrator Reservior on Dartmoor and noticed an increase in the amount of litter there, this is obviously very hazardous to the animals that roam freely on the moors, so we decided to do something about it. We walked the 4 miles around the reservior and in 3 hours managed to fill 3 black bin liners full of rubbish. We collected everything from baby wipes to half a car bumper!!

    Do you think there should be animal proof bins installed on the moors?

  • Comment number 57.

    Jonny how does your wife let you get away with having so much fun!!!!

  • Comment number 58.

    On Tuesday afternoon my wife and I went for a walk through Marazion Marshes in Cornwall. We had hoped to spot some birds but did not see anything unusual.
    As we were heading along the path we spotted a short-tailed vole feeding at the edge of the grass. Before I could get my camera out of the bag the vole scuttled away into the long grass. On our way back to the entrance of the marshes my wife spotted the vole again. I began taking photographs and was extremely surprised to be able to get within eighteen inches of the vole and took fifty two photo's. I am wondering why the vole was not disturbed by my presence or the noise of the shutter as I was there for about ten minutes. This is my first time on the website and I am not sure how to add photo's but will now give it a go.

  • Comment number 59.

    I have been working on the outside walls of my house this week and have seen lots of wasps landing on the lime rich mortar, hanging around for about 20 seconds then flying off. As this has been near mid-day in full sunlight they can't be collecting water so are they collecting lime or something else for some reason? They seem to be very selective about where they land, always on the mortar coarse and not the bricks.

  • Comment number 60.

    Recently while on holiday at Kylesku, Sutherland,Scotland. A few hundred yards north over the Kylesku bridge on the rocky shore of Loch A'Chairn Bhain next to the main road we found the fresh remains of three deer heads and lower limbs. Also around these remains were piles of dried bones of other deer which seemed to be there for some time. We were wondering what this could be ?. We think that there is no animal big enough to take down a deer as the vertabrae of the dried bones indicate that the deer were fully grown. We were wondering if this could be poachers but due to the location being next to a main road and very open with no cover we are not sure. We have photographic evidence of this if you require it. We were wondering what you make of this disturbing find.

  • Comment number 61.

    I was walking in the New Forest yesterday (Bramble Hill nr Bramshaw) with my two children aged 2 & 5 and their grandparents from North Devon where we saw two young Fallow Deer stags and could hear a further stag roaring quite close by (this in itself was a surprise as my 2 year old was making quite a bit of noise himself). We suspect the roaring stag was warning off two stags we saw in the wood, as he probably had hinds close by. However the stag did not move away from the area of wood we were in even when the young pretenders had moved off. Is it possible he would have approached us in a confrontational manner if we had met him? My Dad says that my Great Grandad had to retreat up a tree when confronted by a Red Deer Stag.

  • Comment number 62.

    To Kaz Louize, I heard mysterious tapping comming from the Yew trees in my local wood. After a lot of waiting and watching found out the noise was being made by lots of great tits. Could they be the small long tailed birds you saw?

  • Comment number 63.

    Hi all, question for Chris when fishing yesterday i saw a small heron wading the margins of the lake (not a grey) Having looked on the web think it might be a green heron is this possible?

  • Comment number 64.

    Johny, what can be done to prevent Exmoor from drying out all-together? What is the biggest lost of plants/animals you've seen so far?

  • Comment number 65.

    Are woodcocks common or usual in inner city London? Chris said at the end of last Friday's Unsprung show that he'd be surprised if these birds weren't seen in the UK over the following days - but I hadn't expected one to land (with a marked, wren-like cock of its short tail) almost at my feet the very next day ... and especially not within a few minutes' walk of our front door (we live on the very eastern edge of the City of London)! I mentioned it the next day on the AW 'Migration' blog but I still haven't managed to provide any details. This amazing bird flew off again almost as soon as it had arrived, as if realising that it had landed in the wrong place; however, it had been so close that we had both seen it quite clearly and we're certain that it really was a woodcock. I know that one of these birds was seen last year at the Barnes Wildlife and Wetlands Centre (on the opposite side of London), but I got the impression that even this was quite unusual. Thank you and best regards, TB/EB/CM.

  • Comment number 66.

    Sound is Common Seal Pup

  • Comment number 67.

    please can you help me please I live nowhere near the sea but we still get seagulls in our park why is that can you help me please?

  • Comment number 68.

    What sort of nestbox does Johnny use for the roosting wrens?

  • Comment number 69.

    Chris when are you coming up to Aberdeenshire plenty to see and I will buy you a pint

  • Comment number 70.

    This is for Chris where can you go to get trained to use small mammals trap and where can you get the from and where is the best place to put them?

  • Comment number 71.

    can any one tell us what happened to BOB the barn owl baby from springwatch

  • Comment number 72.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful segment on lichen! And the whole of the beautiful autumnal woodland. Brilliant. Thank you Chris - much more like this PLEASE!!! And also thanks for mentioning the pure joy in simple observation and appreciation ... Best regards, TB and co.

  • Comment number 73.

    Were the Chaffinches putting the beech masts on the road for cars to run over, or were they just eating the masts that fell there by chance?

  • Comment number 74.

    To Jonny Kingdom. What is the linneage of Exmoor ponies, what are they descended from , please? posted from stanjean1943.

  • Comment number 75.

    More Local - Today Esme and Grump saw gooey dollops of what used to be berries on top of molehills all round Westonbirt - could be Chris' favourite poo? If so of what animal? Badger?? and how important to them is this brief autumn feast? And PS: thanks for posing with me for a photo - real cool shot!

  • Comment number 76.

    Can't find how to answer the mystery sound quiz .... so here goes ...... we think it's a manx shearwater?

  • Comment number 77.

    Hi ive just signed up to this site its wonderful. I am 47 and have just started to take an interest in garden birds due to moving into a flat with a wonderful little garden with lots of plum trees. can u please tell me what are the best garden feeders to use for winter. i am concemplating making my own table. how do i keep the interest of goldfinches for the winter as weve had about 6 this summer please please answer this for me thank you keep up the good work u r all doing

  • Comment number 78.

    Hi jonny, loving the camo clothing on tonight's autumnwatch! Do you have camo pj's? Love exmoor, love jonny, legend!

  • Comment number 79.

    strange sound.could it be an hibernating animal-doormouse

  • Comment number 80.

    question for johnny: spent several lovely holidays on Exmoor and would be interested to know what is the longest recorded life span of a stag?

  • Comment number 81.

    Johnny, are you planning any more TV programmes and is there room for you as a presenter on next year's Spring Watch? With regards to wildlife, is there anything you haven't yet been able to film on Exmoor?

  • Comment number 82.

    What does the team think............

    Numbers of deer have increased hugely, some reports say to pre-Norman Conquest levels (albeit different species);
    The number of TB reactors in the cattle herd have increased a lot in recent years.

    Is it possible there is a connection?

  • Comment number 83.

    Hi, I'm Hal and I have always been passionate about wildlife and in later life I hope to be a zoologist or a conservationist. What I would like to know is what is your favourite bird of prey found in Exmoor

  • Comment number 84.

    Enjoying watching the show just a quick question are the wild dartmoor ponies shoe'd i think not but my partner thinks they are.

  • Comment number 85.

    Hi Johnny ..... I was wondering what your justification was for killing that magnificent stag last year. I am aware this might be a 'tetchy' subject but I do feel it merits an explanation.

  • Comment number 86.

    ive got a question for jonny
    in what circumstances can stags loose their antlers ??

  • Comment number 87.

    I'd really LOVE to know - whatever happened to Crinkly the Bewick's swan? is she still alive? if so, where IS she?

  • Comment number 88.

    Is Alien Snot - (google it) Red Deer semen??

  • Comment number 89.

    Hi johnny,

    Will a sparrow hawk try to take a bird as big as a fieldfare?

  • Comment number 90.

    oops i mean exmoor ponies

  • Comment number 91.

    I suppose the two big questions that I have for Johnny are:
    1) Where do you stand on the great boar debate? We've been throwing ideas and suggestions across the BBC blog for the last couple of weeks on total- culling, partial-culls, introducing a predator? What is the word from the man on the ground? You've probably got the most experience from anyone in the UK.

    2) speakiing of predators, have you ever seen the fabled beast of exmoor, do you think it exists?

    There is kinda a third, you're really 72!?? No way, I thought you were mid fifties. Looking good Johnny.

  • Comment number 92.

    For Johnny Kingdom - Does only one stag mate with all of the does in their group or do some of the younger stags get in and mate as well?

  • Comment number 93.

    hi johhny i was just wondering if you have any dvds out of your shows you used to do when you had bambi would love to know steve hutchings

  • Comment number 94.

    i must know are the Exmoor ponies shoed ?

  • Comment number 95.

    Do all types of deer rut in Britain or just red deer?

  • Comment number 96.

    A question for Jonny please - I was just wondering how your piece of land was doing having followed it on Jonny's Kingdom? Also are the wrens back roosting in your nest box?

  • Comment number 97.

    I saw a pink legged goose or duck in a lake in crawley

  • Comment number 98.

    Where is the best place to watch the red deer rut? And where can we see salmon jumping? We are going to Exmoor this weekend with our 4 year old - what can we do in torrential rain?!

  • Comment number 99.

    In the quad at our school, this morning, we had a flock of 10-15 Long tailed tits. They were darting around and playing. A lovely sight. Is it likely that they might nest in the shrubs and bushes or bird box we have. We are in Upminster, Essex.

  • Comment number 100.

    hi all just wondering can a fox survive sarcoptic mange ? ive seen a few near me that ive watched for a few years now .but 1 or 2 seem to have the dreaded mange is there anything i can do to help ?thx

 

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