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Paul Deane Paul Deane | 17:22 UK time, Wednesday, 30 May 2012

On Springwatch tonight we'll see the first of 3 cinematic adventures in British landscapes. Please meet wildlife cameraman Richard Taylor-Jones to introduce the first.

Richard Taylor-Jones

Richard Taylor-Jones

On Springwatch we love to get into the nitty-gritty of nature. Delve into the detail of our natural neighbours' lives and reveal fascinating facts and figures to wow your friends down the pub with.

But we also like to simply enjoy being in a place and feeling like we've stepped out of our busy lives and become part of another world. No need to look up the name of that flower we don't recognise or ponder the migration route of that bird. All that you want to do is immersive yourself in nature on its grandest scale - the skies, the hills and the wind.

With this particular thought in mind, I sat down with bosses at Springwatch HQ and devised a set of films that would attempt to take you away to a landscape and immerse you in it - hopefully a calming break in the middle of a hectic world.

It proved a tall order, as these more cinematic films need to look stunning and the spring weather conspired against that in every way possible. But, with some hard work and a good deal of luck I hope we've made some films that will give you a real sense of being immersed in 3 very distinctive British landscapes: Dungeness, the White Cliffs of Dover and the Somerset Levels. And if you haven't been to these places, I hope you enjoy the films and maybe feel inspired to discover them for yourselves.

Richard Taylor-Jones

Here is the first film by Richard about the Somerset Levels.

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Here's Richard's second film about the White Cliffs of Dover.

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And here's Richard's final film about the Dungeness.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I ask about blue tits in my garden in jersey leaving the nest three weeks ahead of the ones you show on the tv

  • Comment number 2.

    Beautiful footage and great to hear that the Great White Egret is breeding in the UK , this country has such a wealth of wildlife .

  • Comment number 3.

    I have a question, on the website how do I find how to be included in a conversation??
    Thanks, Annabel.

  • Comment number 4.

    We're really enjoying the footage tonight, some beautiful films. Charlotte, 15, came up with a question when the warbler's nest was introduced. Why do some birds nest on the ground? Surely it would be safer for them to nest in the trees, avoiding the foxes along the train track situation Chris mentioned earlier? Thank you!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Annabel Sanderson - feel free to post replies to any of these blogs, or if you prefer, post to Facebook and Twitter. We do try to read them all and will choose relevant ones for the show.

  • Comment number 6.

    Just watched the show. What happened to?

    Iolo Williams goes underwater to witness the surprising mating ritual of one of the UK's biggest fish, the pike.

    Tuned in just to see that. When will this be on??

  • Comment number 7.

    Loved the pine martin.We have seen a pine martin in the north west of scotland, near Torridon. We were on a secluded beach having a picnic when a pine martin came within 1 metre of my 8 yr old son and stole a sandwich!!He promptly ran off up the hill with it-they are obviously not too shy!

  • Comment number 8.

    Hey guys wazzup

  • Comment number 9.

    I couldn't take my eyes off the screen when I saw the pine martin, id never even heard of them before this series of Springwatch! I cant believe that they are almost extinct in whales, I have been there twice and its much more wildlife abundant than where I live in England.

  • Comment number 10.

    hi, chris wanted to know the incubation periods of certain eggs. well there's a book, i don't even know if it's still in print, the pocket guide to nests and eggs, fitter and richardson. in that it gives the incubation and fledgling period of every species of british bird. cheers.

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Springwatch team. I was watching last nights episode about the Pine Martin when you mentioned that the elusive creature was the SECOND rarest predator in the UK and the Wildcat was number one. It woke me up a bit as i have one living in or around my garden in Aberdeenshire. When we first saw him i managed to get a look at him through some binoculars, even though he was only 30 meters away and saw that he did indeed have the bushy tail (i believe those that breed with domestic cats do not) and huge long whiskers. I double checked with the Scottish Wildcat Association on markings and it seems he is a pure bred animal. I know they are very rare and even though we have seen him about half a dozen times in the last ten days we havent managed to get a picture of him yet. Are there any tips you can give me on photographing him for you i.e will he eat food left out that is already dead etc. Thanks

  • Comment number 12.

    The show is so much poorer without Bill Oddie

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi, Love the show, especially Chris Packhams mischievious comments re:football etc.
    Am attempting to savour the programme all the more in the light of the impending blizzard of sports coverage we're shortly to suffer. Also keeping my ears peeled for any David Bowie songs refs!!!

  • Comment number 14.

    I'm enjoying the Springwatch show, but am very unhappy that we no longer have the Message Board. Nearly everyone loved it, and we were able to have lots of questions answered, often by other better-informed viewers. I have been reading a "blog" on this site earlier today, and now can't even find that. Have they taken that away too? PS Tell Martin his hair looks much better as he has it now!)

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi 'coolsilverbird' I agree with you there, I really miss the Message Board, i loved it too :)
    from Annabel, 15

  • Comment number 16.

    No messageboards? What's the point? These blogs are a dreadful way to discuss anything. Ah well, maybe in Autumn.

  • Comment number 17.

    I've recently returned from Vancouver Island and thought you might be interested in a sighting of otters. I've seen otters in 1 &2's in this country but just offshore of Vancouver Island I saw a group of 14 otters all swimming and hunting together. Is this unusual

  • Comment number 18.

    Fantastic film on Dungeness tonight - always wonderful to see this special place through somebody else's eyes! (I'm lucky enough to see it most days and yet others still manage to surprise me with new sights and views!) For anybody interested in this curious corner of the Kent coast you may want to visit www.lovedungeness.org for information on how we're trying to protect the Dungeness nature reserve.


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