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Springwatch behind the scenes: Five days to go

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 18:11 UK time, Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Pretty much the whole of the Springwatch team is onsite at Ynys-hir now, from the wildlife cameramen to the caterers. The difference in atmosphere from when I was last here on Thursday couldn't be more pronounced as everyone makes last-minute preparations for the first rehearsal tomorrow and the first show on Monday.

Sign to Ynys-hir

Our new home for 2011

The new Springwatch studio

A sneak preview of our new studio

Outside the new Springwatch studio

The view from the veranda


Rigging one of the nest cameras

Story developer truck

Where the story developers will be tracking the every move of our animal stars

Springwatch team

Planning the content for programme one

Searching for a nest at Ynys-hir

Looking for grasshopper warbler nests

Springwatch gallery

The gallery, where the live show is directed

Springwatch production village

The production village: the centre of our world for the next three weeks

Hope you'll all be watching the first show on Monday. In the meantime, the messageboard is open for business, the photo group's filling up with stunning spring pics and there's loads more info about the show, the season and the wildlife righ here on this very blog.

Springwatch starts 8pm, Monday 30 May on BBC Two

Update 29 May: You can see some more Springwatch behind the scenes pictures on the BBC Mid Wales website.


  • Comment number 1.

    Getting very excited now - and best of all my daughter comes back from University on Monday so we can watch as a family again!

  • Comment number 2.

    Really looking forward to the new series. The venue looks great - hope the weather stays kind to everyone and the wildlife.

  • Comment number 3.

    And it's all happening just down the road from me...great stuff

  • Comment number 4.

    Really Looking foward to the new series. of springwatch Because I will on A wildlife Filming Trip with My Brother at North Wales.

  • Comment number 5.

    it looks a very nice seting for springwatch this year well dun for picking it can not wate to see more off the new set on monday

  • Comment number 6.

    Are they bats flitting about that I can see on the webcam for the marsh?

  • Comment number 7.

    Iv have a big Qu i have wanted to ask for a few series and wondering how best to get advice from you guys....i live in a city suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne and have a Tyneside standard flat on a terrace of houses. We have a park about 1 min walk away and we are trying to work out how to encourage birds in to the yard. My dad has made us a great bird table with food and water, we have planted lots of veg and herbs in pots to try and make it greener and enticing to the wildlife. Any advice on how to encourage birdies in to our patch or should we just resign our fate to Geordie Shore??? I reckon this is a situation lots of your watchers may have who live in cities!! Any advice from SP Officials greatly appreciated from a Geordie urban dweller!! GOOD Luck for new series!!!

  • Comment number 8.

    After such a lovely and properly seasonal winter, when we had lapwings in our garden for the first time -wow, I look forward to Springwatch; the return of old friends on the sofa, hearing what other viewers have seen, and counting how many times Martin puts his glasses on and off! I do the same thing.

  • Comment number 9.

    Cant wait for the show tonight!
    Gr8 behind the scenes pics as well .... Good Luck Team!

  • Comment number 10.

    Really looking forward to the new location, we have been to Wales many times on our hols. great place for scenery and coastline walks, the Mauddach estuary in Barmouth is great for wildlife and the Panoramic View walk is breathtaking.

    Looking for Grasshopper Warbler nests looks like a lot more interesting job than delivering shopping for Tesco.com Giz a job.

  • Comment number 11.

    Although Spring arrived a tad early this year I am looking forward to Springwatch this evening to see how the Team deal with things that may have passed us by.Brilliant presenters but I sincerely hope on this Springwatch we can see a bit more of the Wildlife and a bit less of the Presenters unlike the last series which was a bit like Humanwatch!
    See you tonight.

  • Comment number 12.

    Well said Roy I couldn't agree more.

  • Comment number 13.

    There are so many questions I would like answered by the Springwatch Team that I do not really know where to start. Firstly, Garden ponds, mine is a small pond and is only there for the sound of the running water from the water feature but of course it has been taken over by a quantity of frogs. This year, with the very cold winter that we have had I have had to remove around 10 large, dead and decaying frogs from the pond, that died during the winter when the pond was covered with very very thick ice for nearly two months. The pond is now full of tadpoles so it seems that the winter has not had so much of a detrimental effect as I thought it may have have. Secondly, although I have a good feeding staiton in the back garden, safe from predators etc and always well stocked with white sunflower hearts, wild bird seed and wheat, as well as the titbits the wife puts out everyday, yet the birds have been absent since Christmas and are only just beginning to return, except for the Greenfinches, which seem to have disappeared from the garden altogether. Any and all comments from the team will be welcome.

  • Comment number 14.

    location looks fantastic! cannot wait for the start of this new springwatch,will be glued to t.v. with my daughter,also a fan,we are already ooh and aah-ing at those baby redstarts!

  • Comment number 15.

    its nice to see spring watch back and in wales , IL be watching the red starts !, good luck everyone.

  • Comment number 16.

    i want to be part of the team!!

  • Comment number 17.

    Hello,all. Lovely show again. On going to the kitchen after Unsprung,I noticed in my garden up on my palm tree ! 3 woodpeckers! 2 adults feeding young. A blackbird was very keen to "see them off"...and did so! They were not much bigger in size, so I presume were Lesser Spotted .Am thrilled to have them in the garden..DCK.

  • Comment number 18.

    Where are Martin's glasses?! We missed the flicking back of the hair in Unsprung last night!!!

  • Comment number 19.

    Am loving watching spring watch with my daughter, untill now forgot it was on so you have made wednesday evenings enjoyable again thankyou :o)

  • Comment number 20.

    Where would we be without Springwatch, what a fabulous programme :-) .


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