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Some teasers for the Springwatch Specials

Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 17:18 UK time, Monday, 17 May 2010

There's three themed one-hour Springwatch Specials on BBC Two this week. Chris looks at how climate change affects our wildlife, Simon explores the wild side of our cities and Gordon takes a high seas adventure.

So to get you in the mood, here are some trailers for them. (Sorry, meant to post this before Chris's programme, which you can now watch on iPlayer.)

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  • Comment number 1.

    Had to record the first programme, will watch it later tonight (how inconsiderate of you to broadcast on my wedding anniversary when I was forced to go out instead of watching the sainted Mr Packham!)
    Looking forward to these specials - especially my main man Mr Buchanan and his high seas adventures...I bet you'll miss him not being there cos he's stuck in Bhutan!

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi. I'd like to make a comment on Chris's Climate Change programme on Monday. We have a bird box to which I fitted a webcam too over the winter, we normally have Blue Tits in every year, but this year we get a pair of Great Tits. They laid five eggs and the last one hatched on 24th April, over the next couple of days two of them died and other three seemed to be well with mum and dad in and out all the time. After thirteen days another died, but it took mum another to notice and dispose of the carcus. The last two fledged on the twentieth day. Perhaps there is a lack of bugs for them to eat, but during this time I did notice that our local Oak trees had just started to burst there leaves, so Chris's theory about sycronisity might be right.

  • Comment number 3.

    I have never seen such scientific nonsense as stated by Chris Packham. The CO2 in the atmosphere does not act like the glass in a greenhouse. The glass in a greenhouse prevents natural convection from occurring and thus heat cannot be carried away. Open the door and windows and out flows the heated air. There is nothing in the atmosphere to prevent convection from occurring and no amount of CO2 can stop it. Observe what happens on a clear, dry night. The temperature falls like a stone, as CO2 cannot trap the heat like the glass in a greenhouse. Only humidity and clouds have the ability to retain heat, hence warm nights are either cloudy or humid.

    Chris Packham's conclusion that increased CO2 has caused global warming is just scientific bunkum. There is no scientific evidence to support this statement. The earth has not warmed for about 15 years despite increased CO2 concentration.

    The climate has always changed and life has always adapted to it.

    I suggest in future that a bona fide scientific adviser vets the scientific claims made in the programme.

  • Comment number 4.

    Very much enjoyed Chris' climate change special. I have a book called "Weatherwise", published in 1944, which shows photos of the same plants/trees near Norwich on each 1st Jan from 1913 to 1942, along with weather statistics. Wouldn't it be good to compare these with recent and future observations?

  • Comment number 5.

    Whilst Simon was playing a piece on the Blackbird tonight, our windows being open, our resident male blackbird landed on the roof and was intently listening! He didn't leave unti lthe piece had finished!

  • Comment number 6.

    hi i just watched "the wild side of our citys" and i would love to visit the cemetery and the henery the 8th land, but the program didnt tell you where these places where? does anyone know? i have tried looking on the website in the write up discription but cant find anything. many thanks

  • Comment number 7.

    Was interested in Simon's comments on the intelligence of feral pigeons (or effin pigeons as I prefer to call them)! I have built a cage to keep the bigger birds away from the seed I put out, and occasionally take the lid off. It takes the pigeons three days to work out that they can fly in to the feeding area. On occasion they will walk along the open edge of the cage, then hop down to ground level and poke their heads through the sides of the cage tying to access the seed. Are they simply unintelligent or is there a scientific explanation for their behaviour?

  • Comment number 8.

    Really interesting programme last night, especially as I live near Bristol, I'll be looking out for the Dorset stone in the shopping area...totally awesome!
    I too can smell where foxes have left their mark...but my companion cant, which is annoying to me, as the stench can be very strong when out walking in the woods!
    Loved comment No5 about the open window and blackbird!!

  • Comment number 9.

    The programme about Urban Wildlife was excelant, well done Simon highlighting some of the UK's iconic creatures in unusual and close surroundingsd. The only one that was missing was the Urban Bottle nosed dolphins that are in Aberdeen harbour. There are excellent veiws from Torry Battery

  • Comment number 10.

    This is in direct response to Flatearther in Post 3:

    With the greatest of respect I feel that your criticism of Chris Packham's use of the greenhouse analogy is being rather pedantic. Anyone with any degree of scientific knowledge understands that the mechanism for the greenhouse effect is fundamentally different to that of an actual greenhouse. But, as the effect itself is incredibly complicated, it has always been necessary to have a simpler way of explaining it to those who have not seriously studied science. And as such, I personally believe it to be very effective.

    As to your comment about convection you fail to point out that increasing levels of CO2 do actually increase both absorption and re-radiation of heat. This does warm the layers of the atmosphere and ultimately the surface of the earth too.

    I believe that Chris Packham, as a well-educated and informed scientist, has a great deal of knowledge in this subject but I am also sure that the BBC will have had "bona fide" scientific advisers too. Indeed, they have a very good history of producing fact based, well-balanced programmes on this subject.

    You are obviously a climate change sceptic but your assertion that there is no scientific evidence for global warming does suggest a bit of sticking one's head in the sand ... which is, of course, your prerogative. However, it is my firm belief that the BBC and other media have a duty and responsiblity to inform the public of this subject. It is, like it or not, a very real and present danger to our world and its future.

  • Comment number 11.

    Chris in Springwatch Signs tells us what people can do. Here is one more thing: campaign to reduce human population growth.
    According to our Royal Society 2009 volume “Impact of population growth on tomorrow’s world, “Few can be left in any doubt that calling a halt to future population growth in both developed and developing countries is the greatest challenge now facing our world”.
    What are the population facts? The world population is projected to grow from 6.83 (2009) to 9.15 billion by 2050. The UK Office of National Statistics projects our population to rise from 61.4 million in 2008 to 85.1 m by 2081, roughly three times the present London population size, with nearly 70% of future growth in the next few decades caused by immigration.
    Land. Where will these extra people be accommodated? Where will the water they need come from (WWF warnings of water shortages). Rising global demand for food with the UK far from self-sufficient at present, means we need every bit of available land for food production, yet we also need the landscape conservation that Chris talked about.

  • Comment number 12.

    As any Sheltie will tell you, the best way to avoid Bonxie hits is to carry a walking stick over your shoulder. I used to carry my fishing rod that way. Encased in its bag, it made a nice target for the incoming attacker.

    They always go for the highest point of their target.

    As for the Orca watch, why plonk off out with the trawler fleet? (except for the film)

    Take a small boat; one mile NE off Grutness Jetty, just down from Sumburgh Airport and just round the corner from the Sumburgh Hotel. Switch off and drift along the edge of the Island Shelf, just off the Noss. With the tide flowing, the current will conveniently sweep you up past Exnaboe.

    There is a significant local breeding population of Common Seal in the bay to the North of the Noss and the Orcas patrol in ambush below the lip of the Island shelf, where the depth falls down to around 250ft. A calm evening on the drift will often let you meet an Orca blowing.

    They will take as much interest in you, as you in them.

  • Comment number 13.

    @wolgrumpfy - thanks for the wonderful orca tip. We've got some more places to see marine life in the UK here http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/uk/indepth/where-to-see-marine-wildlife.shtml

  • Comment number 14.

    I really enjoyed Simon's programme - and here's a question.
    What bird starts the dawn songtime? They wake me up some mornings but I've never been able to catch the first song.

  • Comment number 15.

    Names matter! People are responsible for what they write. I posted a comment on the 20th May at 3:44 pm about the need to reduce human population growth.
    My comment was faithfully reproduced as item 11. But it was said that the person writing the comment was 'you'. This is not so. When I registered, my 'BBC iD' was GaiaWatch and my 'display name' is John Barker (which is my actual name). I just want to make this correction.

  • Comment number 16.

    @John Barker it only appears as 'you' to you when you are signed in. To everyone else your comment will be by John Barker. If you log out and then check your comment, you'll see how your name appears to everyone else.

    Sorry if this is confusing - it's caught me out a few times too!

  • Comment number 17.

    We have a family of Blue Tits nesting in a hole left when an old spotlight was removed above a patio door. The problem is that it is directly above our cat flap. We have three cats and they appear to be very interested in the birds. I am worried that when the young leave the nest that the cats will kill them if they are unable to fly off without dropping the the ground first. Would it be of any use if I build a platform of some kind below the hole where the young can take off from?


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