Autumnwatch and Springwatch series producer
So Springwatch is over for another year….it seems to have shot by in a real blur and we’re left slightly dazed with that warm fuzzy feeling that you get after an incredible experience….and it was an incredible experience. Springwatch 2016 will go down in the record books as one of the most action-packed, dramatic and surprising Watches ever. I know we always say that we don’t know what to expect when we first arrive with our cameras and crews, but no-one could have predicted what happened.
It all started out with a gasp…..when we saw the first images from our Golden Eagle cam. I was stunned by the impact and intimacy of such a magnificent bird, and amazed with how tender and delicate the mother could be.
Then the wildlife crews found not just a...
North Yorkshire based Wildlife artist Robert Fuller has adopted a weasel kit that was abandoned in the centre of York. This is the story of how fidget came to live with the Fullers.
Fidget sleeping. Credit: Robert Fuller
I’ve been watching a family of wild weasels in my garden for two years, monitoring their lives closely via surveillance cameras hidden in the shrubbery.
It’s been fascinating following their story through the seasons, from the moment the adult pair mated, to the birth of the kits and on to watching the young on their first hunting lesson.
I’ve learned some interesting things about these tiny mammals along the way. For instance how early the kits begin supplementing their milk diet with meat, how often a weasel mother will move her kits and how soon she begins to initiate her young to the reality of hunting – these tiny carnivores need to be fearless.
So far my findings have been ground-breaking. Weasels are so small and so fast that although they are quite common mammals, very little is known about...
Jim Manthorpe is the man bringing us such spectacular images of our golden eagle nest. Here's how he does it.
When I was a ranger on a remote West Highland estate I spent a lot of time with my local pair of golden eagles. I will always remember the first time I set my binoculars on the high cliff where I had been told they nested. I scanned the black ledges for the eyrie and felt a buzz of excitement when I spotted the huge thatch of sticks and great woodrush. And then, as I looked through the binoculars I got an even greater thrill when the male bird shot into view and landed on the nest. It was, for me, the start of a mild obsession with our most sophisticated of raptors and since then I've spent many an hour shifting about uncomfortably in small hides near eagle eyries. So when Springwatch asked me to do just that at a golden eagle eyrie in the Trossachs I got myself ready for some quality time alone in a hide on a remote mountainside, getting to know the Springwatch goldies.
In the UK we think of golden eagles as quintessentially Scottish birds (more so now the last eagle in England appears to have disappeared). To us they are synonymous with the crags and moors of the...
Jack Perks is the founder of the UK National Fish Vote.
I’ve been filming all manner of wildlife for a few years now but fish hold a particular fascination for me. Maybe it’s the fact they live in a hidden world or maybe it’s just a relaxing sight watching a shoal of fish going about there business. In either case I’m hooked (excuse the pun). We had the national bird vote last year and previously have had national votes for trees and flowers so thought it was about time we had a national fish! Spineless Si on last year's Springwatch proved that the public do have an interest in the less...
Autumnwatch and Springwatch series producer
Springwatch series producer Adam White looks ahead to Springwatch 2016
Stone Curlew from our live camera
I am delighted to be able to tell you that Springwatch is back for our 12th year, and our third year from RSPB Minsmere in Suffolk. As Series Producer on the watches, this is my first spring (having done Autumnwatch & Winterwatch). For me this is a double pleasure. Springwatch is in my honest opinion one of the...
BBC Radio 4’s Guide to Coastal Wildlife will show people the sounds of the coast. Ed Tooth, National Trust ranger on the Farne Islands, writes for Springwatch about the sounds that make the islands - a wildlife haven off the Northumberland coast – special.
Credit: National Trust Images, Jon Millar
The Farne Islands, the place that I am lucky enough to call home, lie a mile off the wild and windswept coast of Northumberland....
The eggs of birds present some of the most striking colours and diverse patterns to be found in the animal kingdom. What makes this spectacle even more impressive, is that this diverse range of colours exhibited by bird eggshells is produced by only two pigments; protoporphyrin, responsible for the red and brown hues, and biliverdin, producing the bluer shades. The eggshell itself has to protect the developing embryo from the threats that the outside environment can present....
"We have no waters to delight
Our broad and brookless vales-
Only the dew-pond on the height
Unfed, that never fails ...."
- Rudyard Kipling
Joe Costley from Plantlife looks at restoring a piece of cultural Britain...
Dew-ponds are not natural features. They were created by farmers to provide drinking water for livestock. A functional origin, from which they have developed a surprisingly-rich cultural history; acquiring an aura of mystery and associations with the super-natural; capturing the imagination of poets, folk singers and artists.
A nearby dew-pond previously restored by the Peak District National Park. Credit: Joe Costley/Plantlife
As the season shifts we can start to enjoy flowers in the garden, more daylight hours and rising temperatures. These changes will coax the butterflies that have been hibernating as adults out of their hiding places. Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Comma butterflies are all common species that you might spot in your back garden this month.
Small white. Credit: John Murray, Butterfly Conservation
Spring is in the air, literally, as seabirds start to return to Yorkshire’s coastline for the breeding season, writes Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Jess Charlton....
Kittiwakes at Flamborough Head. Credit: Jim Horsfall.
Hand on heart I’m not really a huge fan of winter so I take extra special pleasure in observing the changing season. Snowdrops followed by crocuses and bluebells, catkins on hazel trees, garden birds like the robin heightening...