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Updates on SPRINGWATCH 2012 favourites

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Quite a few of you have been asking what happened to the animals we were following earlier this year on Springwatch. Here's a quick update on just a few of them.

The Bath peregrines
The breeding pair produced two chicks, one male and one female. Sadly only the female survived fledging. She is still in the area and local experts are hoping she might breed next year.

Essex fox family.
The eleven cubs dispersed at the end of the summer. Though no one knows for sure what has become on them, three foxes are still visiting the garden and investigating the den site and keeping it clean.

Dyfi Osprey chick
The Dyfi ospreys had three chicks but two chicks died in the rain. One male chick called Ceulan survived. He was satellite tagged and then migrated flying 3000 miles south to Senegal in West Africa in record time. Now he is feeding off fish in a tributary of the Senegal River and nearby irrigation ditches.

Kingfisher family
Sadly the kingfisher’s first brood were killed, washed out. But there were signs that the pair produced a second brood though unfortunately Charlie Hamilton Jones wasn’t able to follow their progress.

Ynis Edwin Barn Owls
There were 4 barn owl chicks and they all fledged successfully and dispersed. However the parent birds did not produce a second brood this year, possibly due to the bad weather.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Julian

    on 31 Oct 2012 21:05

    Please include an option to write to BBC Autumn watch at the bottom of the screen.
    Not everyone has internet access. Older generation tend to walk in nature and use pens and paper.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by northernjock

    on 31 Oct 2012 15:22

    clearly im not the only one annoyed by your presenters pronunciation of loch. Here are some tips which might help. Like being in primary school again; try splitting it up a bit . First bit; "Lawww (Not Lawrr as you say), then CHHHH as in the sound you make for a steam train, but try smiling as you say it, then put it together. There now .....not difficult is it . And we Scots are accused of not being able to speak properly ............hmmmmm.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by steelromantica

    on 31 Oct 2012 14:14

    I'm delighted Autumn watch is back, specially as it's based in the Scottish Highlands; therefore it would be appropriate if the presenters could pronounce "loch" properly !! it's not THAT difficult !

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Jonathan Hauxwell

    on 31 Oct 2012 12:54

    It was good to see the golden eagles on the programme yesterday - we have just returned from a week on Islay, where, in a similar fashion we saw three GEs in a short stretch of about 1-2 miles on the same road. On our first day we saw one GE, a pair of hen harriers and a merlin on the same penninsula. The strangest site on the island: a flock of about 60-70 chaffinches in a field by a remote road!

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by northernjock

    on 31 Oct 2012 10:50

    Have to agree with posts 2 and 5. Much as I love autumnwatch, I was screaming at the telly last night on the piece about grey squirrels. Why oh why was there so much airtime about greys when you should have been reporting on the reds who you should know feed on on a different diet anyway, and are under major threat from the greys which are vermin as far as i can tell. Also for goodness sake get your presenters to pronounce LOCH properly - it is NOT a lock - that is for boats doors.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Mallymack

    on 30 Oct 2012 22:21

    Great programme and a wonderful part of Scotland. Commentary and filming absolutely superb. Please remember, though guys, that the water behind you is a loch and not a lock!

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by PurpleMoose

    on 30 Oct 2012 21:38

    Wonderful program tonight guys. You had 2 of my all time favourite animals on.... beavers and pine martins! All you needed were a few bears and moose, and I would have been in animal heaven!! LOL . Interesting piece on the difference between the red and grey squirrel's memory!! Only problem is, you are making me homesick!! :O)

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by bordererbob

    on 30 Oct 2012 21:20

    Isnt it remarkable,I`ve just watched an Autumn watch from Scotland with no Scots involved !!
    Can you imagine if that came from England with no engish involved ?

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Bmk1964

    on 30 Oct 2012 20:34

    Have just watched the piece about squirrels. What a shame that a balanced report could not be given by mentioning quite clearly and specifically the devastation that grey squirrels do to our native red squirrels. The presentation even suggested that the poorer memory of reds foods store locations might be a reason why greys do so much better. Frankly that is simply rubbish. Please please report fairly and accurately .

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by s palmer

    on 30 Oct 2012 16:52

    cant wait for this new series. loved it since it started good luck to all the team. from a nature lover.

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