Autumnwatch & Springwatch

That was Springwatch 2013 - what did you think?

Series Producer

I can't believe we've reached the end of the series already. It has been another whirlwind of action and drama and beauty ..... and not sleeping enough ...... and midges !

Our weird, late spring certainly prompted a new and interesting story from the RSPB's glorious Ynys Hir reserve this year - so many new species and new behaviours (thanks to Dick and all our RSPB friends !). It's amazing to think that we never really know what is going to happen each year. Who would have known that the jackdaws would dominate our news on many days, and that a grass snake would put in a dramatic appearance? I've particularly enjoyed the fledge fest of the last few days - almost like nature planned it for us.

We also never know what amazing things that you, our incredible audience, are going to send in, and tell us about, and photograph ..... and tweet. What you do and say and send is so much a part of Springwatch that I can genuinely say we cannot make it without you these days. So a big thank you from all of us in the Springwatch team.

We've had a great time (fabulous weather helped!) and we've learned loads of new things, not just about the wildlife, but also about how we make the show and the web stuff - and what you like to watch. As in previous years, we're writing this blog and inviting your comments and suggestions (just post below) about what you've liked - and disliked, and what you want to see more of - and less of. We really do want to hear what you think and how you think we should evolve further.

I'm sure you are aware that there was a big debate about the badger cull on the blog we set up to link you to the science behind the issue and on to our BBC News colleagues for the political and policy aspects of the story. Thank you to the many of you who have had your say by commenting on that blog. The blog is still live and you can continue to have your say - I am sure the debate will continue for a long time to come. Do keep tuned in to BBC News for the latest on this evolving story.

From all of us in the team, thank you very much for watching Springwatch 2013 in all its guises - and for getting involved. After a bit of a lie down, we'll be flat out planning for Autumnwatch - thoughts and suggestions welcome.

Do look out for our "Springwatch Guide to Butterflies" on BBC TWO sometime in July, and have a great Summer of Wildlife!

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  • Comment number 181. Posted by Trisha

    on 27 Jun 2013 12:01

    Can we please get rid of that Michella Strachan.....to start with she tried to take of Kate Humble....badly, very badly. Her constant exagerated head flicking and fixed grin put you off watching, I really only watch a few minutes now and turn over. My mother watches with the sound down so she does not have to listen to her stupid comments. Please bring back Kate Humble or somebody else. The currentl group does not gel. It is a super programme but I know quiet a few people who have stopped watching because they cannot stand her. Sorry but I know I am not alone.

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  • Comment number 180. Posted by mike and sue g

    on 27 Jun 2013 06:30

    What a great springwatch this year. Can anyone help. We missed the very lasy episode. Downloaded on sky then didn't get to see it before it was deleted. Any ideas on how we could see the final show. Mike

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  • Comment number 179. Posted by WHOOP WHOOP

    on 25 Jun 2013 11:21

    Unfortunately Trude, your badger may have been killed by a government assassin

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  • Comment number 178. Posted by WHOOP WHOOP

    on 25 Jun 2013 11:18

    ABSOLUTELY agree with Balbuzzard, Springwatch has turned their backs on one of our iconic wildlife species, the badger. Disgusted that the legalised government killing was not even mentioned.

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  • Comment number 177. Posted by WHOOP WHOOP

    on 25 Jun 2013 11:14

    The silence about badgers and the legalised slaugher of them was deafening. I am appalled that springwatch can ignore this important issue in their 'wildlife' programmes. Even if they cannot express an opinion one way or another, balanced comments about this abomination should have been included. It wasn't a accident that the badger photograph on countryfile won the overall competition, British people have a great respect for badgers and this will show itself at the next election.

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  • Comment number 176. Posted by Brian Needham

    on 22 Jun 2013 18:25

    Enjoyed the series but I feel the presentation style treats viewers as if they all about five years old. It's sadly typical of the BBC since
    the great dumbing down.

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  • Comment number 175. Posted by Ruth

    on 21 Jun 2013 09:41

    I refer to the episode of Springwatch where "crabbing" was shown. At the end of this piece it was stated "to put them back carefully". What did this mean? Not dropping them from the height one had netted them out from? Taking them to shallow waters to let them slip off into the water gently? Or, if one took them off to shallow waters would this be taking them out of their locality? I don't know, but, does the Springwatch team? I have seen th practise of "crabbing" going on in Porthmadog harbour with people slinging the crabs back in from a great height. I and the person I was with went to see a harbour worker, but he wasn't interested. My opinion is, Springwatch should NOT be encouraging people to play with living beings as if they were toys. I would be very interested to have a response to this from the SW team
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  • Comment number 174. Posted by etomlin

    on 21 Jun 2013 08:20

    Can we have an update on the pheasent's egg in the duck's nest?

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  • Comment number 173. Posted by Sue Shore

    on 20 Jun 2013 21:44

    A little late I know, but nevertheless, I must state how much I enjoyed Springwatch '13. The presentation team, camera work and content overall is excellent! I would challenge anyone not to feel inspired to get engaged with our wildlife after seeing both Springwatch and Autumnwatch...and to that end I had the first sighting of a stag beetle flyihng yesterday evening at dusk accross our garden - wonderful!!

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  • Comment number 172. Posted by NickyD

    on 20 Jun 2013 21:05

    Absolutely fantastic 3 weeks again with 4 wonderfully enthusiastic presenters. I was really moved by Martin's report on the Herring Gulls in Bristol on Tuesday 11th June. Having grown up by the sea and lived in Cornwall most of my life I thought of them as a nuisance, how that changed!! Those caring adults braving all weather conditions to keep the eggs warm and "talking" to them as they were getting ready to hatch, then the funny little chicks when they arrived.I loved seeing them a little older on Wednesday with Iolo, where they looked like 5 year old children having fun in a playground. Thank you Springwatch

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