Saturday 4 May 2013, 22:44
We’re delighted to announce that Springwatch will be back on Monday 27th May at 8pm for 3 weeks of live shows, from RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve in West Wales, hosted by Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games, with Iolo Williams out on the road, on a mission to capture the best of the UK's wildlife action as it happens.
And introducing Springwatch in the Afternoon, part of the new BBC's Summer of Wildlife season. Springwatch in the Afternoon will be broadcasting across the first two weeks of Springwatch, with live broadcasts from 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The new show will be hosted by renowned naturalist and regular Springwatch guest Nick Baker, and will be all about getting out and about this spring and summer.
On Wednesdays, Martin will also host Springwatch Unsprung straight after the main Springwatch show, with the usual mix of your photos, questions, special guests, rarities and oddities.
To get us all started, the Springwatch Webcams will be online, on BBC Red Button*, tablets and mobile, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Sunday 26th May at 6pm with Euan McIlwraith returning on Springwatch Extra each night after Springwatch.
Friday 26 April 2013, 15:41
Springwatch will be returning to your screens towards the end of May, hosted by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games. We’ll have all the details next week.
News in March was dominated by the cold weather and its effects - lots on that to come in the shows. Early migrant arrivals have not fared well. Many spring flowers are late this year and the Woodland Trust finds that some bluebells are lagging by weeks.
The BTO report that by last week house martin, sand martin and swallows had pretty much caught up after a very slow start to their migration here. For early warblers it is a very different picture though. Chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap are all running about two weeks behind.First swallow on the BBC Springwatch Flickr group this year, by capribluegenie
Chris the cuckoo seems to be taking his time round France instead of continuing to the UK. But ospreys have been returning including at the Lake District, Rutland and Dyfi ospreys, who we'll be following again during Springwatch....
Friday 25 January 2013, 13:56
There will be hints, tips, identification guides and useful links on both days to help you take part as well as a discussion about what everyone has been seeing. To Jjoin the conversation you can tweet the @BBCNature team and join them on Facebook BBC Nature. You can also add your photos to the BBC Winterwatch Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/bbcwinterwatch)
Wednesday 23 January 2013, 20:58
Winter is probably the best season of the year for wildlife spectacles and birds certainly live up to this, whether it is watching huge numbers of waders on our estuaries, the feeding flights of wild swans, or a congregation of ducks on a local gravel pit, there is something for everyone.
British estuaries hold internationally important numbers of birds during the winter months, hundreds of thousands of Redshank, Golden Plover, Knot, Oystercatchers and Dunlin gather to take advantage of the food-rich mud. Some of the biggest gatherings can be witnessed in The Wash, the Humber Estuary, the Solway...
Thursday 17 January 2013, 20:53
Firstly, we are deeply indebted to everyone who's been posting comments on blogs, answering questions on Facebook & Twitter and to everyone who's shared their stunning photos on Flickr. We've tried to keep up with you - the team in the truck here have been working 24hrs a day, but we're working on a sketchy internet connection, in the back of a truck, up a mountain. A massive thank you for your tolerance if we've not managed to reply to you.
This was our first live Winterwatch. We passionately wanted to capture the challenges facing our wildlife in winter in the UK, as well as its beauty. You...
Thursday 17 January 2013, 18:44
Winterwatch Unsprung returns tonight at 9pm, straight after the final Winterwatch of this series and to get you in the mood, here's a little quiz.
Answers will be on the show (and we'll update this blog too)
What animals are jumbled up here?
Wednesday 16 January 2013, 17:01
Winterwatch is back on BB2 tonight at 8pm, and here's a quick quiz (which will also be on the show).
What bird is this feather from?
Winterwatch Extra - 9pm on the webcams
And don't forget to get your internet going at 9pm for Winterwatch Extra with Euan McIlwraith, who's joined tonight by Chris Packham, wildlife sound recording legend Gary Moore and wildlife expert Simon Foster from Scottish Natural Heritage.
Here's Euan, but what's landed on his shoulder during this interview..?
Feel free to drop in your questions for Chris and Gary and we'll do our best to respond to as many as possible.
UPDATE: Well done to everyone who got it right. Chris is holding a long-tailed duck feather and on Euan's shoulder is a wood wasp
Wednesday 16 January 2013, 16:01
Can I introduce Dr Tim Harrison at the British Trust for Ornithology with a topical guide to feeding birds in winter, on a shoestring.
Feeding birds during winter can give them a real helping hand, improving their prospects of surviving into the breeding season. However, feeding can be an expensive business and economic times are tough. So, what can you do?
• Use your bird food wisely – make sure that you don’t put out too much food as this could go soggy and mouldy. Provide enough for a day or so, then top it up again.
• Protect your food – larger bird and squirrels can demolish...
Wednesday 16 January 2013, 15:50
Hibernation is something that birds just don’t do, not in the true sense of the word, but there are a few species that come pretty close, such as the Common Poorwill (North American Nightjar), which can spend weeks in a state of torpor during the winter months.
Swift Chick by Graham Roberts
In the UK there’s one bird that occasionally goes into a sort of mini-hibernation during cold snaps in their breeding season. Swifts arrive back in the UK around the end of April and immediately get on with the business of producing a brood of youngsters. Swifts are supreme aerial feeders; when...
Wednesday 16 January 2013, 15:28
Can I introduce Richard Taylor-Jones, with the third part of his Blakeney Point grey seal diary.
Every now and then something happens when you are out filming that’s really special. That’s why, as wildlife filmmakers, we are prepared to sit around and wait for hours in the cold, the hot, the wet, the windy etc. etc…. because we know those great moments can happen. During my two weeks living at Blakeney Point National Trust Reserve that special event happened when a large male turned up on the outskirts of the dune system that was home to our featured young pup, named Millennium.