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Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 09:51 UK time, Monday, 18 May 2009

For 2009, we are returning to last year's new home: Pensthorpe nature reserve in North Norfolk. This is where most of our mini cameras will be deployed, keeping us up to date on a whole range of animal family stories from around this incredibly rich wildlife hotspot.

We'll be introducing a new cast of characters this year as well as welcoming back old friends and family favourites.

Last year an infanticidal male swallow shocked us all, as he systematically threw swallow chicks out of their nest so he could father his own brood - behaviour never seen on television before. Then there were the great parents; the oystercatchers, chaffinches and goldcrests, who lovingly tended to their chicks despite the miserable, wet weather.

This year our camera team have been hard at work to entice even more wildlife onto our screens. Will the kingfishers and otters move into their brand new, purpose-built riverside apartments? Will the kestrels and barn owls take to their new, camera-ready nest boxes?


Will Pensthorpe's lonesome corncrake finally find a mate? And will we get our first ever views of adorable baby water voles or red squirrels inside their nests? Kate and Chris will be there to keep an eye on daily developments and bring you the day's news.


Whatever happens, state-of-the-art Springwatch cameras will be at the ready. Over 50 secret mini cameras and literally miles of fibre-optic cable allow us to follow these intimate animal stories - live - without disturbing the animals themselves. Join in the jeopardy and the drama - on TV and streaming live to our famous webcams.

This clip from BBC Look East's Carol Bundock should give you a good idea of just what's involved.


  • 1. At 9:19pm on 26 May 2009, Derektvs wrote:

    Seeing the Night Cam sequence tonight of Badgers raiding Rabbit nest sites, reminded me of a raid in my garden. We were awakened by a deathly scream outside. Thinking it to be a fox screaming I went to the window only to see a badger that I thought to be trapped by our gate. It ran up the steps, thinking it gone I went back to sleep. Some-time later I was again disturbed by more screams. This time I went out to the garden with a torch. There trapped by our gate was a Hedgehog being attacked by the Badger. Sadly it had been badly damaged by the the continual efforts of the Badgers claws.

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  • 2. At 08:00am on 28 May 2009, lobster01263 wrote:

    hi guys, again a great programme.
    i've got a problem, an abandonned nest of TEN baby bluetits,
    fairly mature but obviously hungry. what is the best line of
    approach to help them ??

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  • 3. At 9:10pm on 28 May 2009, Jacqbird wrote:

    An evening indoors at home in Essex, just watching the telly, on comes the sensored light in my back garden, where the remains of our chicken bones are demolished by a relatively small badger searching the garden for more food scraps, then along comes another badger investigating the area for more food resources, and low and behold, from behind the vegatable patch out pops a third badger also in search of any remaining scraps..they show no fear when the light goes out and we can no longer see them, so we quietly open the doors and they budge, they just continue in their mission, after about 10 minutes they wonder off down the back of the garden into the woodland. Until the next time when hopefully i'll have my camcorder ready for them...Jacq

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  • 4. At 10:44pm on 02 Jun 2009, merryLucylockett wrote:

    We have several mallard nests and one sitting female has been killed on her nest - the nest is unharmed with about 6 eggs , maybe be more underneath ,all nestled in mums, plucked ,down. Is there anyway the eggs might hatch as the weather is so warm.

    Would a rat have killed her ? In my greenhouse 3feet from the nest a rat has been making holes in the soil.

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