Springwatch Christmas Special: A look back at 2010 and a look forward to 2011
A date for your calendar: 6.30pm, 29 December on BBC Two. Chris, Kate and Martin join us for the Springwatch Christmas Special. It's a look back at the big wildlife stories of 2010 and a look forward to what's on the horizon for next year.
First Snow Watch, then the Springwatch Specials and Springwatch itself, then Autumnwatch and now the Christmas Special... 2010 was the first time that we had cameras rolling up and down the country for pretty much the whole year. Which means the Christmas Special's the perfect time to examine the highlights and lowlights of each of the seasons.
Liz Bonnin called filming Scottish wild cats in the wild one of the most incredible wildlife experiences of her life. A behind-the-scenes look at how the team managed it will reveal just how tough a challenge this was.
There's a look back at some of the other wildlife revelations from Springwatch and Autumnwatch, the ones made possible by cutting edge technology: Chris Watson's pistol shrimp and skylark timestretch recordings, and Simon King's slo-mo footage of hobbies.
As all you Unsprung fans will know, no show would be complete without Martin introducing some of his friends. This year's very special guests include a barn owl, hedgehogs, a red kite, a badger and a snowy owl. Each has its own special 2010 story to tell.
Filming this year's Christmas Special
But what about the bigger picture? Valuable work is being done across the UK to reintroduce lost species. It's time for an update on the success of these projects, from cranes to sea eagles and from red kites to beavers. And what other species might we be seeing on these shores next year? Perhaps the delightful serin or new species of damselfly?
Few rural matters are as controversial as the proposed badger cull. And in the city, foxes were very much in the news in 2010. In-depth analysis of both these issues will get to the heart of these stories.
Don't forget that when the show's over and hopefully got you eager to get out and enjoy more nature first hand, this website's here with all the info you need for a winter of wildlife watching. Pop in your postcode and find out what's happening near you, or browse simple ways you can help your natural neighbours.
Happy Christmas! (And a big thanks to all those who volunteered their stories.)