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New for 2010: our website stays open

Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 18:04 UK time, Thursday, 17 June 2010

This year the Springwatch website is different. You might have noticed the new name, Nature UK. Springwatch's Executive Producer Tim Scoones has already blogged about the new name and plan. But what's really new is that, in contrast to previous years, the website now carries on after the series has finished.

Here's what Tim had to say:

We're really excited about this. It will give us - and you - the opportunity to talk about the UK's wonderful riches of nature right across the year, not just in spring and autumn. It also means that, instead of switching what we do between two different websites depending on whether the leaves are brown or green, we'll always be in one place from now on.

The BBC Nature UK website and blog will cover all the usual Springwatch and Autumnwatch stuff - news about the series and about our many conservation organisation colleagues, your opinion on controversial subjects, a bit of fun with Martin and the Unpsrung team, deeper information on subjects covered in the shows - and loads more too.

"There are some things that we won't be changing - the Springwatch and Autumnwatch TV shows themselves, our Flickr groups (here and here), the webcams, the messageboards... and most of all our commitment to reflecting what you've got to say and what you want to contribute.

Before you ask, unfortunately this doesn't mean we can continue with the webcams from Pensthorpe. Sadly, they'll shut at 9pm tonight. As much as we'd love to, it's too expensive to keep them going once Springwatch is finished. But watch this space for news on new webcams...

We couldn't, however, ignore the stories of our kestrel and sparrowhawk families. So look out for updates right here in the next few weeks.

Here's some more things to look forward to over the coming weeks...

  • More clips of the mighty Chris answering your questions. We might even get an exclusive peak at his T-shirt collection.
  • News from Wild Night In. What did we raise for the Springwatch sofa. Where is its new home?
  • Can't wait for Autumnwatch? Well this is the place to be... we'll keep you posted on what's coming up.

And on top of all this we'll be bringing you fascinating articles on UK wildlife, stories from behind the scenes in the BBC Natural History Unit and news on wildlife surveys and research. Also advice on how you can get involved with wildlife at home and in your community. The Springwatch photo group remains open for pictures taken until the end of June and please, please keep uploading your fabulous weird and wonderful nature videos and stories.

Finally, we'd love to hear what you think. What would you like to see?


  • Comment number 1.

    Great stuff! It would be great if you could get some bloggers through out the year, to blog there sightings stories etc, actually it would make a great competition, for the viewers of this site, the public, to enter blog post's and if they 'win' they get shown, or perhaps you do a competition and whoever wins,creates the best first blog post or two (not shown entered via email or whatever), gets to blog their stories through out the year?

  • Comment number 2.

    Do black birds or starlings nest on the ground.

    We have a front garden with quite mossy soil and covered with very dense hydrangea. I have noticed one bird which comes back every year and seems to go and hide may be live in the bushes?

  • Comment number 3.

    This is great news that the brand new website blogs will be open all year round. The new website design is fantastic and I'm really looking forward to your updates on the sparrowhawk and Kestrel nests.

    Big thanks to all the BBC Springwatch web team

  • Comment number 4.

    what bird was it that martin said sounded like a finger being run down a comb

  • Comment number 5.

    Missing the Kestrels already and hope all is ok with them.
    Have woke up this morning to a lovely Song Thrush making a nest in my garden and my resident Blackbird family look like they are redoing their nest ready for another lot of eggs!
    Sadly my mallard ducks that have come to my garden every year for the past 10 year, have not arrived this year. They used to come at the beginning/end June and sit in my garden from dawn till dusk, go away over night and return each morning. THey did this for approx 8-10 weeks every spring/summer.
    Lots of little sparrows here as well and they all seem to be in pairs also got a couple of bluetits that visit my garden and bird table.
    Lots of lovely swallows flying about overhead, they at least seem to have fledged the nest - unlike our cute family of 5 on SW who just can't quite leave lol

  • Comment number 6.

    It's great to know that we will still find updates, a blog and mini clips on here. After all, wildlife is important all the year round, not just during Springwatch and Autumnwatch. This latest Springwatch has been outstanding, and I have learnt so much - congratultions to everyone involved.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Team, I'm a bit confused & dont want to get my hopes up... is the SW message board going to stay open permantly? When I asked on another blog I was told it would close next weekend (which is usual & we are greatfull it stays open for the extra week)
    Could you just clarify for me ?

    Thanks as always Ciderpuss

  • Comment number 8.

    Thanks for another great series. I am sad but I can't help wishing the summer away until you're back in the Autumn!! Last night was like saying goodbye to family, the nice kind of course. Have great summer one and all.
    Any chance of a Summerwatch?

  • Comment number 9.

    Why is it to expensive to keep the webcams running just for a couple more weeks? oh wait, ive just thought of an answer - is it because the BBC are wasting too much money on the new strictly format and underqualified judges (Alesha Dixon) and other stuff like that. well i suppose if your not going to keep the webcams could you at least update us on ALL the birds rather than just the kestrals and sparrowhawks right up to full fledging please! i was following all the birds not just those two species and my favourites were the avovcets!

  • Comment number 10.

    Although I don't live in the UK, I simply loved Springwatch!
    Please do continue! I wish we had such great programmes in Holland!

  • Comment number 11.

    This is wonderful news Jeremy, my thanks to all those that have worked hard to create this fabulous BBC online resource. Nature and Wildlife goings on is an all year round interest to SW/AW old hands and new fans. Ideal to have one place to point newcomers to between the two series.

    Springwatch this year was by far the best ever. Absolutely first class work by the whole SW Production Team on both sides of the camera & elsewhere. Full marks for trying new ideas like the Pub Quiz, Photo Club and the Underwater fresh & sea work. New nests and animal subjects were very welcome indeed. Loved The Geek being able to introduce us to his Geek heroes, more geekery please.

    If Autumnwatch 2010 follows the same format as last year (but with any UnSprung/extras on TV and not red button please) it's going to be excellent.

    Now time for me to get out and enjoy the delights and surprises that Nature has in store for this English Summer.

  • Comment number 12.

    Rolli, it was a corncrake, dont know if ive spelt that correctly

  • Comment number 13.

    Loved Springwatch this year - great to see so much coverage of Dorset. I'm assuming that lots of us will have our own blogs that we run? It would be great to catch up with each other over the summer. My own blog is at http://spudders.wordpress.com and I'd love to hear of any others..

  • Comment number 14.

    Missing our little Kestrel family already! I do hope they are okay today and the male is still doing a great job?! Please keep us updated.
    I had to pull over today whilst driving, a Kestrel was trying to find prey just near the edge of roadside..Totally mesmerising to watch them (I now keep binoculars in the car) lol..Yes since watching springwatch I'm hooked!

  • Comment number 15.

    Will the Springwatch/Autumnwatch messageboards be staying open until autumnwatch? It doesn't acvtually say that although people have been making assumptions.

  • Comment number 16.

    I was new to springwatch last year, and loved it. The birds fasinate me and couldn't wait for it to come back this year. really miss the webcams and like swooping Heron, I would love updates on all the birds that still haven't fledged. Especially the Swallows. Loved the fact that they didn't seem to want to leave the nest. I know where 2 swallow nests are at the moment, so I'll just have to watch them instead. :)

  • Comment number 17.

    where's the quiz bit? the 'thing' is a witches egg - aka the early stages of a stinkhorn fungus......

  • Comment number 18.

    Great series- the best yet! Will Autumnwatch be reverting to the old format of a two or three week series (she asks hopefully)? And any chance of it NOT being in a TV studio but set somewhere lovely like Pensthorpe? And a bit earlier again (9-10 was quite late especially for children)?

  • Comment number 19.

    i completley agree with MERRICK ... i am 13 and aren't allowed to stay up until 10:00 :(

  • Comment number 20.

    Interesting discussion about possibly stunned birds in the road which then fly off. I saw 2 in the space of 10 minutes aboout 15.30 BST 2 days ago while out cycling. The first was a swallow sitting in the road which didn't move when I came right up to it.I thought I'd better stop and put it off the road. I put the bike aside and approached it again. It seemed to wake up and flew off, apparently normally. The same thing happened with a blackbird a few minutes later. It was a fairly hot day, and these were very quiet country roads in Lancashire, so I think these birds had probably not been hit by a vehicle. Were they just sleeping on a warm road?

  • Comment number 21.

    Several years ago I moved from Warwickshire to Brighton. In the first year I was commuting every week as I couldn't sell my house. My cat was able to live with me in Brighton but my parents looked after my dog. When I eventually brought my dog down to Brighton and the cat saw her for the first time in months the cat did what can only be described as a dance. She was very obviously absolutely delighted that she had met my dog again. When my dog died my cat moped around for months.

    My cat was found in a friend's shed when she was about 5 weeks old. The friend was allergic to cats so I said if my dog would accept it I would look after it until she found it a home... she never did and the cat died a few months ago, aged 16. When my dog met the kitten she pushed it with her nose. The kitten rolled over 5 times and ended up on its feet. The dog did it again - a little gentler and the kitten rolled over twice still ending up on its feet. The dog did it a third time, gentler still and the kitten rolled over once, ending up on its back. The dog then proceeded to clean it - the mothering instinct is so strong.

  • Comment number 22.

    This is a really good idea. I wonder if Pensthorpe could be persuaded to keep a lower-tech webcam on the otter bridge on their website?

    Also, after the auction has ended (sadly I don't have hundreds of spare pounds) might there be a chance to buy Chris Packham designed?/inspired by? t-shirts to contribute to the cause? I'd love to help, but the bids are way above my means.

    Look forward to following the site until Autumnwatch.

  • Comment number 23.

    We have so very much enjoy all the programs and your wonderfull team, we love you all.

    We have also learned so much and can now see the amimals in our garden with a diffrent eye, so much to see and hear.

    Hope you come back with some programs later.
    Succes Sunday and we are looking too.

    Lots of love from Fam. de Zwaan from The Netherlands.

  • Comment number 24.

    We have so very much enjoy all the programs and your wonderfull team, we love you all.
    We have also learned so much and can now see the amimals in our garden with a diffrent eye, so much to see and hear.
    Hope you come back with some programs later.
    Succes Sunday and we are looking too.
    Lots of love from Fam. de Zwaan from The Netherlands.

  • Comment number 25.

    We have very much enjoy all the programs and what a good team you are.
    We love you all very much.
    We do have a garden and see so many animals, birds, insects and we know now a lot of them through your program, thanks for that.
    Hope you will come back.
    Succes Sunday and we are looking again.
    Lots of love from Fam. de Zwaan from The Netherlands.

  • Comment number 26.

    I live in Ireland and I have been looking for work in conservation for while now. But with the recession the usual suspects are takeing on any staff or volunteer's. Any suggestions

  • Comment number 27.

    Well done on another brilliant series with lots of interest. Shame about the webcams I agree but guess the technical stuff is quite difficult in a place like Pensthorpe.

    Re Posting 22.

    The t-shirt idea is a good one. I too don't have cash to spare for the auction (despite been in a public sector job with a gold-plated pension. Last time I looked it was looking distinctly brassy! Sorry. Rant over)
    We'd all LOVE one of the t-shirts. How about it? Perhaps all those who bought England t-shirts could trade them in??!!

  • Comment number 28.

    Congratulations: I echo blogs 6 8 & 11. Do the BBC bigwigs realise what a treasure the have? Couldn't we have a weekly, or at least a monthly programme throughout the year - Summerwatch & Winterwatch? It has grown in quality with each series and we've learned lots every night. The team have been so innovative that I can't imagine it ever becoming stale (unlike much of tv!) The audience is growing rapidly too & surely justifies Unsprung on mainstream, not sidelined onto red button. Wake up BBC - get rid of some of the rubbish & give Geekery more time: fascination with the natural world has exploded in the wider population in the last few years: appreciate SW & AW with the rest of us & thank your lucky stars for a winner!

  • Comment number 29.

    congratulations to you all for such a brilliant series again my friends and I were down in dorest last year just where simon was so to see him there was great, we were just countryside walkers but we are now just like chris, Kate, and simon we have seen red kites, badgers, deer, lots of other birds, we are getting to know the sounds of some birds as well we have been watching our own swallows up at the stables where my daughter keeps her horse its just brilliant, cant wait for autum watch pity we didnt see kestrels, leave their nest. Baby swans were just yummy!!!!!!! Thanks again to all of you,

  • Comment number 30.

    Bad news first: Certain countries are trying to get the Whale-hunting ban lifted - I've signed the petition to prevent this - more signatures needed quick! Good news: Just spotted 'our' Spotted Flycatchers - I was afraid they hadn't made it back from Africa, but there they are, in our garden in south Devon, filling their beaks with flies - brilliant. Also, venturing into the wilderness which is most of our Big Wild Garden, I surprised a Wren with at least 4 juveniles, I think just out of the nest & uncertain flyers, like little agitated bees buzzing about: I moved away as soon as possible, & heard them gathering amongst the shrubs. "And I said to myself 'What a wonderful world'...................."

  • Comment number 31.

    There have been three dead moles found next to paths on one of our local reserves over the last two days. All seemingly heathy, apart from being dead! Fat, unmarked. Any ideas?

  • Comment number 32.

    Found today on a fence in the garden- a Convolvulus Hawk Moth [as near as I can tell] can't do a picture, out of batteries, but what a beauty!

    The show was great as ever and pleased to see the website remains.

  • Comment number 33.

    Sorry to sound negative about this generally excellent programme, but the last series disappointed me. I enjoy all the fun and repartee up to a point, but it seems that natural frivolity too often gave way to forced hilarity to the point when good fun degenerated into farce. There is a tendency, too, for the presenters to talk down to their viewers and to patronise them. Why cannot we have a proper look at Chris's bar charts? Even Simon King seems to have gone a bit mad. Please, you are grownups not teenagers any longer!

  • Comment number 34.

    Hi, davidbothwell.
    Felt it was a case of pre-show jitters with the build up to Sunday’s big appeal programme. Who could blame them? Just think, how many months of frustration must have been affecting the team knowing back then what we weren’t aware; - of the awful effects the past decades have had on this planets wildlife of all kinds. Their appeal seems to be going very well, which can only be a good thing and I’m glad for that. All the time, effort, and so forth for the whole caboodle, hope they have themselves an enjoyable and thoroughly deserved “Summer-no-more-watch-break”. Believe you me; they’ll be starting work on Autumnwatch a good piece before we see it aired on our screens.
    Maybe we all could now be doing with a good long summer break. Hope it’s a sunny one for everyone!

  • Comment number 35.

    "More clips of the mighty Chris answering your questions. We might even get an exclusive peak at his T-shirt collection."

    I have no doubt that there are people out there who might get a peak at the thought of CP's T-shirts, but I think the word you're really after is 'peek'.

  • Comment number 36.

    Really ooking forward to the "Wild Night In" updates, I hope the money came flooding in, the causes were massively worthy, and I wish the BBC all the luck in the world in supporting them.

  • Comment number 37.

    Re '... Even Simon King seems to have gone a bit mad.' [from davidbothwell, 21 Jun 2010] ' I am relieved someone else has been wondering about this. Quite often I found myself longing for Simon's quieter, more reflective approach, perhaps assisted by the rather less hospitable places he was visiting. The presenters became a touch too frenetic on occasions, so that some programmes seemed to give less time to the nature they were filming than to themselves. Could this be born in mind for the next series, please?


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