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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 09:14 UK time, Monday, 22 November 2010

Update 10 December: Thanks for all your stories. They've been a great help to the team and they now have all the stories they need. Tune into BBC Two at 6.30pm on 29 December for the Christmas Special.

As we approach the end of Autumnwatch 2010 the team are getting ready for the Christmas Special, where Chris Packham, Kate Humble and Martin Hughes-Games look back at an amazing year of UK wildlife, and look forward to see what we can expect in 2011 and beyond. 

They will be looking at some of the highlights from this year's series, adding extra insight into some of the remarkable stories and behaviours that were revealed and look into some of the year's biggest British wildlife stories. What changes will occur in our seas, our rivers and our forests? What does the future holds for urban foxes and country badgers? They'll be investigating.

As usual we also want to hear from you. Do you have a burning Christmas and winter question that you want answered? Perhaps you want advice on attracting particular species to your bird feeders. Do you want ideas on where to see winter wildlife spectacles over the holidays or have you noticed some weird behaviour, tracks or signs from a critter in the British countryside?

We'd love to hear so please post your questions, stories and observations below before the end of November. 


  • Comment number 1.

    Well, not such a surprising observation but simply this:
    As the winter extended well in to this year, when the snow melted the Frogs at my local patch came out in force. As spawn was laid, another cold snap hit, freezing the surface of the water for another few days or so. This resulted in the death of much of the spawn. The spawn that did survive, as it hatched, the tadpoles (with gills) were met with algae filled water from the decaying spawn, the bacteria use a lot of oxygen which would eventually result in low oxygen saturation, I assume this was what resulted in the death of many of those tadpoles who did hatch and very, very few Froglets this year in relation to previous years. I should note that the Toads bred in the River, as they often do, and aside from being swept downstream by the meltwater, they were comparably unaffected.
    Having said that, I also noted for the first time, completely unmetamorphosized Frog and Toad tadpoles at another site as late as the end of September - I'm aware it happens but it's the first time I observed it.

  • Comment number 2.

    During last Winter's cold snap I diligently fed the birds with seeds, fat balls and blocks, food scraps, sultanas. We even resorted to a weekly delivery of 1Kg of live mealworms.

    It was wonderful to see Mr/Mrs Robin swooping in to pick up the odd mealworm. However most of the birds really struggled against the flock of Starlings and Magpies that flew in and hoovered everything up.

    Larger birds have as much right to food as the little birds, I appreciate that, but how can I make sure that the little birds manage to get a look in?

    We were absolutely thrilled when our feeding stations were visited by a solitary Black Cap.

    Wendy Tinley

  • Comment number 3.

    A little story to warm your cockles.

    I work close to Borough Market and have to walk through a housing estate to get there. There are 2 squirrels who live on the estate and are always spotted out and about, burying nuts, being chased by cats, the usual. A few mornings ago I was walking through the market on my way to work and spotted one of the squirrels inching along the path. I stopped to watch it and saw that it was sneaking up to one of the fruit and veg stalls and pinching their nuts, genuis! Made me chuckle all morning.

  • Comment number 4.

    How about a feature on all things nature/Christmas related for example The Robin,mistletoe,holly.
    Why is it only Autumn/Winter that the robin visits the feeders in my garden?Spring & summer,i see them in all sorts of other places apart from the garden but they only seem to appear in the colder months,the same goes for the Blackbird.

  • Comment number 5.

    Enjoyed feature on garden birds very much , would like to hear more.Advice to Martin ....try vari focals

  • Comment number 6.

    Early one morning last Xmas, end of December to be precise, I was walking along a woodland path freshly coated in a sprinkling of snow & noticed a line of prints in the snow. The prints were approx 25 cms apart & only one single print in front of another, one print at a time, not two or four! It was as if a one legged animal had come along & hopped along the path on it's one leg. After approx 25 metres the trail petered out into the verge. It definitely wasn't a bird print, it seemed more like a deer. There were no other prints around that area. I stood staring at the trail trying to work out what it could have been, but returned home, none the wiser.

  • Comment number 7.

    Fantastic idea Pippi Strelle. Seasonal highlights indeed - or perhaps something based on the 12 days of Christmas??? Do Partridges sit in pear trees? French hens - right up Martin's street!! What would be today's version in wildlife terms?

  • Comment number 8.

    How lovely will look forward to the Christmas show :O )
    I think they may be fox tracks ruralguy.
    Yes I like Pippi's idea, and Beverley's 12 days. And noooooo to varifocals for Martin, love the erratic hair lindahoyles : O)
    How about information/footage on how creatures who haven't hibernated are surviving the winter ? The old question about bird's legs and feet not freezing while they roost for example.
    Is there any chance of some winterwatch programming later on ?

  • Comment number 9.

    Has anyone else seen this behaviour? I feed garden birds throughout the year, and often see nuthatches in the autumn take black sunflower seeds and push them into crevices in trees, flowerpots and anything else going. This autumn my nuthatch had a bluetit 'shadow'. It followed the nuthatch everywhere, watched where it hid the sunflower seed and duly stole it - it took most of them!

  • Comment number 10.

    As it's Christmas, how about a seasonal feature on all the Christmassy foods that we depend on insect pollination for - chocolate, almonds, cherries, nutmeg etc?

  • Comment number 11.

    take poor nick baker to see some waxwings, poor thing there is no better feeling than seeing your bogey bird. I saw my first wheatear this year which was great!

  • Comment number 12.

    This is a question for Chris Packham. Firstly I would like to say how much I have learnt from you since you joined Autumn Watch, i always like to go a little further into things and I have found that you always provide the information I am looking for :-)
    So my question is: Last weekend I had a dream visitor to my garden. A Bullfinch (male and female). I have seen one in South West Scotland in 9 years but never thought they would appear in my rowan tree. Is there any way at all I can encourage it to visit again? When the rowan berries have gone? I know they are very shy birds but it even let me take a picture of it. Whats going on?

  • Comment number 13.

    I only started bird watching in April and have so far seen 140 species (and I am not a twitcher!!!). I have been lucky to see Golden eagles, Sea eagles, a spoonbill, little stints and I saw 4 waxwings. I live in Hampshire (although I saw the waxwings in Berkshire) and it was the first time in 5 years that they have been seen over here. I was soooo happy!!!

  • Comment number 14.

    Last winter I loved the series with Kate and Adam on Lambing- would like a follow up this year please?

    I have a RSPB window bird feeder on my first floor window- how do I attract birds I see them sitting on a garage roof about 40feet away but they never come across...

  • Comment number 15.

    I have loved watching this year's Autumnwatch it gets better every year.
    I was very interested to see the guy who made animals from scrap metal on last week's show. My husband does something very similar although his scrap metal are old farming and gardening tools. He has a blog called villamblardsculptures.blogspot.com if anyone is interested.
    I shall be tuning into this evening's last show with sadness since it is the last show but am looking forward to the Christmas special.
    I saw a whole field of Lapwings (I live in the Dordogne region of France) yesterday, an each year we are fortunate to see the mass migration of cranes from Sandinavia flying south for the winter and also as they make their way back to their northern breeding grounds.

  • Comment number 16.

    I have just got a night vision camera to try and get pictures of the big cats as i have many plaster casts of their paw prints and have also seen them. When i went to check the camera this morning for pictures i went over to a badger set close by and there was masses of steam coming out of it from the badgers asleep inside, the steam showing up as it was so cold this morning. Brill sight!

  • Comment number 17.

    My story would be around our local RSPB reserve! RSPB Saltholme, only open 2 years in february, already had well over the estimated figures of attendance. The amount of species seen phenomenal. A great success story after quite a bad winter, last. a great inspiration to myself and my family.
    Also during these tough economical times its sometimes these charities that can suffer and need all the help and support they can get, hooray RSPB, hooray Saltholme

  • Comment number 18.


    As you like to feature viewers now and again, it would be really cool and I'd love it very much if you featured me.
    To find out about me please click here: http://NatureonScreen.webs.com/AboutAdam.htm

    :-) Thank you.

  • Comment number 19.

    Good for you Wildlife Filmer Adam and I support your request.

    Even if it doesn't quite fit the Christmas slot, I'd encourage the BBC to provide your generation of enthusiasts, an opportunity to hone and air their impassioned work, both regionally and nationally. Perhaps a new 2011 campaign to find the most talented, lesser spotted, young Packam's of tomorrow.

    Please put your thinking caps on BBC - get these guys learning alongside the professionals.

    Looking forward to the special, having thoroughly enjoyed AW again. Thanks! - TPH

  • Comment number 20.

    My boyfriend's cat regularly tries to stalk the local squirrel, but has never managed to catch it. Instead, the squirrel dashes up the tree then drops on the cat's head before scarpering.

    This morning, the cat was sitting with its back to the hedge waiting for the squirrel to come for its breakfast (the squirrel makes noises outside the kitchen window if breakfast is late in being served). Suddenly, from the middle of the hedge, the squirrel emerged, ran up the cat's back and over his head then scampered for the nearest tree, leaving the cat looking very shocked.

  • Comment number 21.

    Agree with great ideas by Pippi, Beverley, Plucky/Wildlife Filmer Adam, would all make a good mixed Xmas puddin' of a special, with flames on top!
    On wildlife note, suggestion for folk is : if you live near woodland, please put unwanted raw sprouts or cabbage out on ground for roe deer who particularly need them and other wildlife, especially if snow/hard weather then. Happy Xmas all!

  • Comment number 22.

    Oops also meant to ask (though there may be one planned) any chance of a Xmas message board with special? (It's 2 four-day hols in Scotland, but no drunken posts, promise and who knows what interesting wildlife we'll see walking off all those hangovers).

  • Comment number 23.

    Thoroughly enjoy all the series. Just watching a re-run of the final Autumnwatch and Unsprung.
    Thanks for all the hard work it takes to bring us these fantastic programmes.
    Would it be possible, when you show close-ups of birds, to show a small caption with the identity (common-name) of the species which would then help everyone that doesn't know, to identify them. It would help immensely with the learning process.
    Thanks again to all.

  • Comment number 24.

    i have a great picture of a jay eating at a tray of nuts i put out, is it possible for the pic to be shown and where can i put it on the website?

  • Comment number 25.

    On your Christmas show, could you ask, and perhaps answer,
    the question :-
    “What are the martlets doing for Christmas?”

    One day in late September this year Eastbourne seemed to be hosting a martlets festival!
    Over the Downs around Beachy Head and all along the seafront, the air seemed to be alive with hundreds of low-flying House Martins: I wish your cameras could have been here, they were too quick for mine. A native of East Sussex, a landscape architect and community artist with a passion for wildlife and habitat conservation, I find that most of local people I ask have not heard of the martlets, are unaware that six distinctive little birds form the county’s emblem, and seem to know very little about the amazing, real-life birds that they represent. Research into martlets made the subject increasingly fascinating to me - House Martins, Swallows and Swifts fit the descriptions.

    Martlets connect us with both our cultural and natural heritage - ancient mysteries and symbolism, historic art, crafts, drama and nature study, etc. – and with contemporary ornithological research and global environmental and habitat conservation issues. Master flyers and navigators, still holding some unknowns for natural historians, House Martins, Swallows and Swifts pay no heed to county or international boundaries, and are a natural, literally free-flying, link between communities across the UK and with communities in all the other countries they visit on their incredible migrations. The martlets’ mysteries, myths and images reach back into our history, as they must surely also do in many other cultures. Martlets have remained as symbols of our heritage for many hundreds of years, and the birds they represent are marvellous, extraordinary creatures: but in the 21st Century, all three species are on the BTO’s amber list.

    In your special show, please let us know where and how the House Martins, Swallows and Swifts that fledged in the UK this summer might be spending their Christmas, and something about the amazing journeys they made to get there. Please appeal to everyone to welcome them back in the spring, and perhaps make a few changes to help them - to tolerate House Martins’ making new nests, leave outbuildings open to Swallows, and maybe provide artificial nests for both and keep a muddy patch in the garden or farmyard, and allow Swifts to have access to roof spaces. You know all this far better than I do ………
    Kate Graham

  • Comment number 26.

    For the last three years running I have bought a large Christmas tree (responsibly sourced) from the same local garden centre and on each occasion within ten minutes of unwrapping the tree up to a dozen sleepy ladybirds have dropped out of the branches and onto my living room floor. Each time I quickly gathered them up and hurried them down to the woodpile at the bottom of my garden. Is there something else I should do to ensure they survive this untimely festive awakening? Thanks.
    Hayley x

  • Comment number 27.

    This morning I was distracted by what I still think an amazing sight. Living in the Midlands I occassionally see the odd seagull fly over but not really hang around, we are about 100 miles away from the coast. Anyway whilst washing up I was honoured to a display of what I think were Terns but could be some other gull as I'm not an expert. There was 1/2 dozen swooping and diving but not landing and it seemed they were doing there display just for me as I stood at the kitchen window (doing a turn?). Have they got a bit lost? They did evevntually land for a few seconds. They were as big as the wood pigeons that were waiting to dive bomb the bird table but defo bigger wing span and a gull of some sort some of them had black tips to the tail feathers. Then after the wood pigeons there was a crow, magpie and then a jay popped in and scooped up some scraps. I'm thinking of rewriting the 12 days of Christmas song, I think I could have .... 6 gulls swooping, 5 little sparrows ..... 2 collared doves and a jay bird in a conker tree.... We have some snow but comparing it to other areas on the news today its more of a sprinkling.

  • Comment number 28.

    Down here in the Channel Islands winter is normally quite mild but I always feed our garden birds and have a 5 feeder station under one of two mature yew trees in our sheltered front 'suburban' garden. In the early autumn I was sure that I saw a sparrowhawk in the yew tree (a downward pointing spread fan of tailfeathers was the only indication - brown suggesting a female)the bird shot out half a minute later and was gone. However I think it may have been a recce mission because on Monday 29th Nov. with a couple of cms of snow on the ground I was running late for work and glanced out of the window to see a little shower of feathers floating down to the ground. At first I thought it was a little flurry of snow but then saw, on the ground, a female sparrowhawk making sure her prey was dead (judging by the splash of blood on the snow). The 'hawk then flew into the yew tree - to re-position the prey? and then flew off. Wow!!! What a treat - feeding the garden birds pays off - big time - not that I don't like our feathered friends in the garden! I have also found that feeding the birds in the garden stops them messing on the cars (though I'm not sure why!) all I have to do now is stop herring gulls dropping limpet shells from low altitude!

  • Comment number 29.

    I remember the snowy photos of deer from Snow Watch and thought they’d make nice alternative cards at this time of year. Christmas cards always feature the robin as the ubiquitous animal of choice for the season’s greetings, but what would your choice of alternative animal on a Christmas card be, and why? I’d like to think that I, too, could capture a worthy photo of the visiting wild bird in this snow in order to make homely Greetings cards with an unusual take (however, I cannot). Robins will do just fine.

  • Comment number 30.

    I love all the wonderful winter photos which are now being posted on AW's Flickr site - even if they might seem rather incongruous for the autumn pages ..! (although, presumably the winter group will start tomorrow on the 1st December, the date often considered to be the first official day of winter?) Anyway, with snow now even here in London (and whilst still in November too!!), all those previously premature-seeming Christmas trees and decorations, and shops full of seasonal everythings, will actually look appropriately timed this year!! (and didn't those last three months pass particularly quickly ..?!)

    Re the "Christmas Special", I can't imagine that any of these suggestions will be taken seriously but -

    - Staying with the photos - As the only professional photographer still on the team (I think), maybe Chris P (for Perfection) could pick his Top Twenty from all the 30,000+ amazing photos submitted this autumn to the AW Flickr site ... shouldn't be too difficult ..!!!

    - Each of the presenters could do a piece on where they live (roughly!) and why they love their home area so much (preferably with a guided tour around their favourite bits ..!). We really loved seeing Iolo Williams' Welsh river and mountain landscapes (especially as my partner's from Blaenavon - the excellent World Heritage Site in South Wales - and still hopes (soon!) to return to this beautiful "land of his fathers" ... (and it was also lovely to learn from one of your contributors that there are still plenty of sparrows thriving in this small Welsh town, the home of the Industrial Revolution!)).

    - As well as the Welsh trout (not you, Iolo!), I really loved Darryl Grimason's Irish geese/swan segment and strongly agree with the view expressed by others, so - yes, can we please have much more of these two charming and imminently watchable (and listenable to!) expert wildlife presenters in future programmes? ... Thank you!

    - Also, and as I mentioned elsewhere on the AW pages, wouldn't it be great to hear the starlings which featured on one of the earlier shows (and have now been back by popular demand!) singing a selection of well-known Christmas carols ...??!!! Start practicising ..!

    - Maybe you could run a fun competition to create a nutritious "Christmas cake" for garden birds?! (not sure quite how you'd test which recipe was the most popular with viewers and/or the best for birds, so I'll leave someone else to decide how to organise and judge this one ...)

    - And, finally, I, too, like the idea of including all the "Twelve Days of Christmas" creatures and other seasonal wildlife favourites (this was actually my first thought for the show and is maybe a more practical idea than are some of my others ..!). Christmas is cliche itself and traditions are exactly that so I'm all for including all the familiar symbols of the season! The iconic robin should feature, of course, but all the other wonderful wild things around at Christmas time (fauna and flora) would also provide a great natural lead-in to the festive season, and the winter and spring still to come. Maybe you could also include all the creatures of the Nativity and how they fare during the winter (as well as the ox, ass and lamb - early winter snow-births, and rescue stables/sanctuaries maybe?? (obvious Nativity connections) - also the more exotic camel (like the fine Bactrian one featured recently in the snow during the BBC news!) - eg how do these exotic imports fare in our - often very different to indigenous - geographical/climatic conditions?).
    And, on the subject of entrees, I also like the traditional food idea - besides the pheasant and partridge (and all the other "12 Day" creatures), maybe the imported turkey could be included, (especially for AW's American and Norfolk-based viewers, and the late, somewhat controversial, Mr Matthews (RIP)!), plus seasonal food from the past such as (again, the seven swimming) swans (sorry!), and maybe even cranberries, chestnuts, carrots (think snowmen ...) and Brussel sprouts (I really, really love them!! - and that should get the snowdrifts (and CP!!) going ...). Plus, the holly and the ivy - and the dread mistletoe (beloved, 'though, by the UK's dwindling population of thrushes! - and it could also make a nice segue into the plight of all those struggling bees and birds ... but keep it clean!). And the traditional fir/spruce "Christmas" trees with all the pros and cons (eg, which birds etc prefer which tree and how best to decorate homes whilst keeping environmental issues in mind - literally, keeping things green as well as clean ..!).

    - Lastly, some more questions ... (how long is this "special" expected to be, by the way ..?!) - What do worms do in winter? and - Do compost heaps ever freeze!?

    As ever, thanks to anyone who reads this, and good luck with the show - I wonder which ideas are actually used in reality! And, is it too early to wish everybody a general (snowy!!) "Season's Greetings"? TB/EB et al.

    PS - I also share Heidi A's view re the "geeky" CP, so - a big thankyou Chris (and I hope that you're planning to make many other progs.for the BBC in the coming years ... please!!).

    PPS - In case anyone is wondering by this stage - Yupp! "Old Krupnik's" comes highly recommended by the both of us (honey liqueur - Polish, and (probably) much better than the "Kiwi" kind ..!).

  • Comment number 31.

    Not sure if this will work as it is the 2nd December, past the end of November! However, I have had an unusual visitor to the garden today. I'm in Exmouth and it doesn't often snow here but today, finally, it did. My unusual visitor is a Grey Wagtail. There he was on the ground feeder with yellow underparts and a gorgeous bobbing tail. He came twice. Now am I right in thinking that they are not usual garden visitors but are resident near rivers? I'm assuming that he came into the garden because food was scarce or frozen along the river Exe? I have a mobile phone video of very poor quality but he really was there!

  • Comment number 32.

    Realise we are now in December, but wanted to let you know that we had a Rock Partridge visit our garden today. It was running up and down in the snow along a hedge. We took photos of it as it was so striking, with red beak and legs and beautiful tan, white and black markings on its head and breast. It eventually flew up on to the hedge and over into our neighbour's garden. We have never seen one before and wondered if there have been other sightings, or has it perhaps escaped from somewhere? We live in Central Scotland, near Stirling.

  • Comment number 33.

    During the snow on Thursday my husband cleared a patch of ground for the Chaffinches to feed on the seeds. Not only did this attract the Chaffinches and other ground feeders but during the afternoon a Moorhen arrived. We have a 30 acre lake at the bottom of our garden and she obviously spotted a good thing. On Friday she was there again but brought a friend with her. They also took to hiding in the top pond of my husbands carp ponds which still has running water, the lake having mostly frozen over. Saturday arrived and from our pond out popped not two but three Moorhens. On Sunday a male Moorhen joined the girls and as of today Monday 6th we now have a total of 6 Moorhens. Not only eating the birdseed but also doing a grand job eating the duck weed on the pond.
    Await developments.

  • Comment number 34.

    Yesterday we saw two redwings in our garden, merrily eating the cotoneaster berries. My bird book says they are only seen in Scotland - so is it very unusual to see them in Hampshire?!

  • Comment number 35.

    While watching the article about the spread of the harlequin ladybirds and the parasite that has adapted to feed on them, Martin suggested that this was "Evolution in action" this is not evolution and is a major misquote by him. In fact evolution is not in anyway scientific and is not even a theory that can be substantiated by any branch of science. Does Martin actually believe in evolution?

  • Comment number 36.

    help: ive seen a hobby in december in angus .!!! how is this possible.
    its really a hobby!

  • Comment number 37.

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  • Comment number 38.

    Its winter its snowing im in angus and theres a hobby flying around my house. its been here all year but hasnt left?? why ? and should it even be on the east coast of scotland! p.s. its really a hobby! its redish brown under tail and dark grey black back, its not a kestrel, hope you can help. callum

  • Comment number 39.

    Last night's Christmas Special was great - thank you all!
    The team were discussing how far Red Kites have moved south & east, & I can report that there are several Red Kites thriving on farmland & woodland between 2 small villages just north of Chichester (West Sussex), East Dean & Charlton. We have seen them many times over the past 2 years, & we have also been told there are some near Clymping, (near Littlehampton) but we've yet to spot them.
    On another, but similar subject, Martin seemed delighted to learn how to tell a female Barn Owl from a male - the speckles on its breast. But did someone tell him that the speckles represent mites etc that easily infiltrate a nest, so a female that has a lot of speckles can fool mites etc into thinking she's already infested & they go elsewhere! Another way to tell males from females is the colour on their backs: a male is usually more pale golden because he goes out hunting (used to be over corn fields) when there are young in the nest; & the female is more camoflaged to be on the nest by having darker mottled feathers.
    Another couple of Barn Owl facts: I can't recall anyone explaining why Barn Owls bob & weave their heads when looking for something...they're actually getting an exact location by using their ears! The ears are just inside the facial disc & are at different heights on the bird's head & are also different shapes. Sounds hit the facial disc, which acts like a satellite dish, & then the sounds get processed by the ears, giving an exact location of the prey. Once the owl lands on its prey it uses the bristly centre part above its beak to feel where it is under its feet - then its dinner time!
    Another fact is that Barn Owls have a 'comb' that they use to keep their facial disk in prime condition. The 'comb' is on one of the toes & can be clearly felt if you run your finger along it. The facial disk feathers constantly grow in the opposite direction to those around them & moult far more often than flight feathers - all to keep the facial disk in tip-top condition so that the ears work effectively & the bird can eat. Nature has a reason for everything & there are even more facts I could share...

  • Comment number 40.

    hi i live south of birmingham and have recently had a black cap turn up in my garden which is fine but it seems to have taken over it wont let the blue tits any where near sunflower heart feeder or the fruit is this normal ? any clues how to stop this please

  • Comment number 41.

    we have a lone black cap arrive in our garden south of birmingham, it has taken over the feeding stations it wont let bluetits anywhere near the sunflower hearts or apples is this normal for this bird ?

  • Comment number 42.

    I live in Worthing West Sussex. We have a lawn, (needs mowing when dry), in our back garden. Yesterday, (29th Dec), and today I have observed midge swarms. Yesterday, they commenced before it started raining and then continued during a fine drizzle. Today there were 2 such swarms. The temperature on both days was about 8 degC. Isn't this a little early for such a phenomena?

  • Comment number 43.

    can someone please help me!i have had to drain my small pond this morning as my fish and all my frogs have died due to the pond freezing over,i have had advice on how to stop the pond freezing over completely but this as not worked as it as been so cold,what can i do to stop this awfull thing happening again?

  • Comment number 44.

    On Boxing Day and again today, we saw a black-headed gull with its dark head summer plumage. This was on Gorleston-on-Sea beach, in Norfolk. Is it rather early for summer plumage?

  • Comment number 45.

    Can any one give us a clue as to where SpringWatch will be in 2011.
    I have heard that there has been some interest in RSPB Lakenheath,this would be an amazing venue as they have there very own Cranes and a breeding population of Golden Orioles plus at the moment an amazing array of Birds of Prey.
    15 years ago I believe it was a field of carrots so a history of the reserve and how it has expanded would make an interesting story line.
    Can any one answer my question or is it a closely guarded secret.


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