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Springwatch just won a BAFTA!

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Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 09:16 UK time, Wednesday, 11 May 2011

The whole team are now crazily busy, getting everything ready for another hectic month of Springwatching, starting on 30 May. Camera teams are out all the time now, catching the best of the action, and our amazing technical team are doing their most ambitious build ever in our new home at the RSPB's stunning Ynys-hir nature reserve in wild west Wales.

Right in the thick of peak preparation, we've had the most unexpected and delightful interruption... Springwatch just won a BAFTA!

The Springwatch team

The 2010 Springwatch team at Pensthorpe

At this year's BAFTA TV Craft Awards on Sunday night, Springwatch was awarded the "Special Award" for 2011. It's a bit like a lifetime achievement award - no nominations etc... the BAFTA committee just pick an individual or team that they feel has been most deserving of recognition. In his letter to us, the chairman of BAFTA pointed out that this is one of BAFTA's most prestigious awards. To give you an idea of this, last year Coronation Street got the Special Award for 50 years of soap, with Aardman Animations before that. We are in distinguished company!

The citation reads "... the award is given to Springwatch in recognition of its outstanding creative and technical teamwork and the role it has played in developing technical standards both behind the camera and online ...". Creative and technical teamwork, on TV and online - that's Springwatch all over.

For more details (and a film about us), check out the BAFTA website. You can also see the official BBC press release with quotes from our commissioner and from BBC Two. And a few of us have been blogging on a special BAFTA blog as preparations for Springwatch get going in earnest.

This is an award for the behind-the-scenes teams on the show - people you rarely see on screen but without whom the show and its wider impact would never happen. It's a huge tribute to the literally hundreds of unsung heroes backstage who have worked so hard and who have constantly stuck their necks out technically and creatively to keep Springwatch fresh and focussed on what you - our dear audience - want to see, hear and get involved in. I am sure you will join me in congratulating them for an amazing achievement.

Chris Packham and I spoke at the awards (see the video clips and web article on the BAFTA website) and we were at pains to say that Springwatch has always been made for our audience... and is now increasingly being made BY our audience. This is a big award and we simply could not have done what we've done without YOU. We think you are the best audience in the world and BAFTA are inclined to agree. So there's a bit of the BAFTA we won on Sunday that's yours too - you are our army of supporters and contributors, messageboarders and Flickr photographers. So CONGRATULATIONS to you too!

We do hope you like the new series, and we know you'll step up and get involved like you always do. We love you for that.

Keep an eye on the website - the activity is already building... And everything's due to go nuts towards the end of the month!

Here's to BAFTA, to Springwatch and to one of the most stunning springs we've had in this green and pleasant land for many years!

Here we go again... there's no going back now...!

Tim Scoones is the Executive Producer of Springwatch and Autumnwatch for the BBC Natural History Unit


  • Comment number 1.

    I saw an amazing sight today while out running. I run just outside of thetford norfolk along a little b road towards brettenham and I was running down a hill when a little baby rabbit ran out a few feet in front of me quickly followed by a stoat, the poor rabbit did not make it across the road but the sight of them both rolling around in the road was something i never thought i'd see. It all took about 20 seconds then the stoat gave me a quick glance, help his head way up and trotted off into the bushes with his lunch. What an amazing but macarb display of nature!!

  • Comment number 2.

    Heartfelt congratulations on BAFTA win to you and all the fantastic SW/AW team. So looking forward to the new series. Not long now!

  • Comment number 3.

    Congratulations to ALL the Springwatch team, a programme the family can enjoy, a programme I discuss with my workmates, a connection with the beauty of the wild world around us. What more can I say? well-deserved, and thank you!

  • Comment number 4.

    Long overdue. Can't say enough for the way you have consistently showcased our UK wildlife. Thanks and congrats.

  • Comment number 5.

    Most of your dear viewers would say 'about time too'!! Delighted that all the hard work, long (and patient) hours and commitment which is put into SW/AW - by ALL the team - has finally been recognised. WELL DONE - MANY CONGRATULATIONS !!
    PS - 10 Blue Tit chicks in nest cam ready to fledge!

  • Comment number 6.

    Congrats, well deserved
    Can't wait for May 30th.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hearty congratulations & thank goodness the powers that control the purse strings can now see what we've recognised all along: BBC NHU & SW + AW are producing top quality television for all ages in the 21st C, nay, world leading television :)

  • Comment number 8.

    On 9th May this year in South Somerset I saw a black ladybird which I discovered from the internet was a "liver spot". As I've never seen one before I am wondering how common they are.

  • Comment number 9.

    Congratulations to the whole Springwatch team - we tend to forget about all those working behind the scenes; yes, Chris, Kate and Martin do a fantastic job, but without those all-important 'backstagers', from the camera operators to the researchers, there would be no programme for the presenters to present! Well done, and I am really looking forward to the next series.

  • Comment number 10.

    Well done you make some really interesting programs and deserve the BAFTA award it's also nice to know the the Flicker site is also appreciated

  • Comment number 11.

    I have only just read the interview in g2 with "the team"! Very insightful!

  • Comment number 12.

    can't wait for the series to start! my nine year old daughter got us into it a couple of seasons ago and we've put out feeders for the birds over the last two years. this morning we had Gold Finches,Green Finches,House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Robins, Blackbirds, Coal tits, Wood Pigeons and Collard Doves all in the space of 1/2 an hour. We also had a female blackcap stay for about 2 months earlier this year loads of thanks to you for getting us started!!

  • Comment number 13.

    Well done Springwatch Team!!! I am so pleased that all your hard work over the years have been recognised with this award, it is well deserved.
    Can't wait for the 30th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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