Springwatch returns and announcing Springwatch in the Afternoon

Series Producer

We’re delighted to announce that Springwatch will be back on Monday 27th May at 8pm for 3 weeks of live shows, from RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve in West Wales, hosted by Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games, with Iolo Williams out on the road, on a mission to capture the best of the UK's wildlife action as it happens.

And introducing Springwatch in the Afternoon, part of the new BBC's Summer of Wildlife season. Springwatch in the Afternoon will be broadcasting across the first two weeks of Springwatch, with live broadcasts from 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The new show will be hosted by renowned naturalist and regular Springwatch guest Nick Baker, and will be all about getting out and about this spring and summer. 

On Wednesdays, Martin will also host Springwatch Unsprung straight after the main Springwatch show, with the usual mix of your photos, questions, special guests, rarities and oddities.

To get us all started, the Springwatch Webcams will be online, on BBC Red Button*, tablets and mobile, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Sunday 26th May at 6pm with Euan McIlwraith returning on Springwatch Extra each night after Springwatch.

Here's a glimpse of what's coming up on Springwatch

So what’s going to be on Springwatch this year?

Chilly Beginnings

The cold weather dominating March and April has resulted in the latest spring for decades, and it’s now a national news story. We'll be finding out what this remarkable spring means for the UK's wildlife, from barn owls to hedgehogs. We’ll also be looking into what triggers spring, what prompts the flowering of bluebells and the bud burst of the horse chestnut - the traditional indicators of the start of spring, and why has it all been different this year.

Live cameras

This year we have more cameras in more places and are using new technology to bring you the best of Spring. Our nest-cams will be back in place, including picking up the stories of our favourite families, like the barn owls. And just down the road, at the Wildlife Trust's Dyfi Osprey Project, the ospreys are already creating a drama worthy of any soap opera.

We’re planning to get our mini-cameras into new areas of the RSPB’s Ynys-Hir reserve, including a wet woodland, reed bed, and rare bog. Fingers crossed we’ll get intimate access to the lives of lapwing, redshank, teal, reed bunting, sedge warbler and, with luck, stonechat and bullfinch.

We’ll also have cameras rigged around a new farmyard site, aiming to follow nesting jackdaws, swallows and house sparrows.

New camera technology

We’re sure many of you remember this clip from last year.

Super slow motion birdfeeder

We’ll have the latest super slowmotion cameras hoping to reveal extraordinary behaviour, which the human eye simply can't perceive.

We are also bringing you detailed views of our micro-worlds in three key local habitats - pond, bog and woodland. These high-tech techniques should reveal sundews catching flies and worms dragging leaves underground, as well as the aggressive behaviour of dragonfly larvae, and life in an ant colony.

The very best of UK wildlife

As always we’ll be celebrating the beauty of the UK’s wild places with some of our country’s top experts and amateur naturalists. We’ll be revealing new science and new behaviour - never seen before.  From dolphins hunting salmon in Aberdeen harbour, to plunge-diving gannets in ultra-slow motion, and the extraordinary story of long-tailed tits, where relatives come together to raise one nest of chicks.

Our teams are out filming as we speak, and if you’ve spotted something interesting please do share it on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or drop us a tip by email

We'll post a full schedule of broadcasts shortly.

*We’ve got our best ever schedule on BBC Red Button but do have to hand it back occasionally for other shows.

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