Springwatch

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  • Autumnwatch partner organisation

    Our thanks to the BTO for the following blog on autumn vagrant birds. 

     

    American birds in Britain? That might sound like a long shot, given the 2,580 miles between the easternmost point of the USA (West Quoddy Head, Maine) and the nearest ‘habitable’ bit of the UK (St Kilda) – and it certainly is! However, migratory birds do end up crossing the pond on an annual basis. And it’s not just accomplished fliers such as waders (or shorebirds, as they’re known Stateside), well-adapted for long, non-stop sea crossings; comparatively tiny, ill-equipped songbirds, or passerines, end up over here too.

    Bobolink (Image via BTO)

    Setting off during September and October towards their wintering grounds in Central and northern parts of South America, these birds are at risk of being displaced by fast-tracking weather systems moving east across the Atlantic. If the systems are fast-moving enough they can ‘pick up’ passerines and literally whisk them across the ocean. Many of the birds...

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  • Your comments and reactions to our fourth and final show - the tree swallows made you swoon, the butterflies gave you goosebumps and the snakes made some of you yawn! Thanks for watching everyone, we've loved entertaining you and sharing the amazing wildlife here in New Hampshire. 

    We'll be back for Winterwatch in the Cairngorms in Scotland! Keep watching! 

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  • Digital Producer for The Watches

    You loved the endearing cheeky chipmunks and the demand for moose remains high! But it's the flying squirrel fails that have got you all laughing out loud! Thanks for sharing your reactions to Autumnwatch New England folks. 

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  • Digital Producer for The Watches

    A social round-up - your tweets from the first episode of Autumnwatch 2018 in New England. 

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  • We invited our Flickr photographers to submit images on the theme of autumn colour.

    You've come up trumps as always, here are some of our favourites, thanks for sharing and do join the group if you enjoy capturing nature and wildlife on camera. 

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  • Series Producer

    Autumnwatch has always been the hardest of the seasons for us to film. Whereas spring is full of new life and winter is a time of harshness and brutality - autumn is a transitory season, a time of imperceptible changes, felt rather than seen.

    That means it is a season that is very hard to capture, and so the Autumnwatch series have tended to be as transitory as the season. We have been to more...

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  • Digital Producer for The Watches

    Bonfire night and Halloween are fast approaching.

    But as much as we love to celebrate on cool, crisp nights gathered around a warm bonfire, it's important to take the time to construct bonfires responsibly - making sure to not put any creatures seeking refuge within them at risk. One species it's important to think about at this time of year is the hedgehog. Numbers are falling - with perhaps fewer than one million hogs left in the UK, sobering compared to the 30 million estimated in the 1950s. There are a wide range of threats leading to their struggle for survival but you can help by...

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  • Science and Research Manager

    Earlier this year the UK was hit by the ‘Beast from the East’, which caused havoc with trains, roads and disrupted many businesses and jobs. However, it was not only people who were affected; many amphibians suffered as well. In particular, common frogs did not fare well in the cold conditions and the extreme weather caused the death of hundreds of frogs across the country. Known as winterkill, the death of frogs in garden ponds after the winter occurs to a degree every year. However, incidences of winterkill were far higher in the early spring of 2018.

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  • Although Chris du Feu found fame this Springwatch through his love for the tree slug, he has also been an incredible asset to BTO’s Nest Record Scheme. He reflects on 40 years of volunteering.

    The ink was barely dry on my trainee ringing permit when I had a call from John McMeeking (then chairman of the ringing committee) inviting me to come to his ringing operation in nearby Treswell Wood. John had begun what was to become the longest-running throughout-the-year standard site operation in the country. He was keen to make the work not just about metal on legs but to use the data to study...

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