Unsprung, your autumnal videos...and conkers

Monday 8 October 2012, 10:32

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games Presenter

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Well, the leaves are starting to turn - the first signs of autumn are upon us and in just a few weeks we'll be "live" from the wonderful Scottish Highlands at our new base, Aigas.

Back at Bristol HQ we're busy preparing - currently discussing important questions like "do squirrels eat conkers?" - er....we're not actually sure just yet!

As ever we love seeing your superb pictures on the Flickr site. We're also fascinated by videos of British wildlife, particularly because you sometimes show us things we would never normally see - really astonishing behaviour.

This year we'd like to spread the net a little wider - so as well as your own videos we'd also love to know about any other wildlife clips you may have enjoyed recently, think "Youtube", "Vimeo", "Facebook" etc.

So if you have been browsing the web and discovered something fascinating, funny, dramatic or really intriguing to do with wildlife, please send us a link as a reply below or share them on our Facebook group, on Flickr, on Twitter @BBCAutumnwatch or just email us a link.

We have big plans for our one "Unsprung" - hoping to make it something of a grand finale to this year's "Autumnwatch" - we're going to need your help on that one so stand by!

So...what does eat conkers?.....

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    Comment number 5.

    Fantastic clip Mad Mark....thanks for sharing.
    Like you I've heard about bee revival but never actually seen it in action...well done you :-)
    Nice camera work too !

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    Comment number 6.

    I filmed 4 bottlenose dolphins on the 28th of September in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. I spent a lot of time with my camera taking photos so there isn't a lot of video footage that made the cut. There is a link to my Flickr account and the photos I took in the You tube video description.


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    Comment number 7.

    Yes, Littlewatervole, here another huge fan from The Netherlands!!

    And Martin, I know that horses eat conkers.
    And squirrels, jays, mice, crows, ( wild ) boars....

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    Comment number 8.

    Good evening to the Autumnwatch team! I'm really looking forward to the new series.

    Me too, I'm writing this from the Netherlands, although I'm here just on holliday on the beautifull island of Terschelling, amongst the migrating geese and other birds. Next friday I'm returning home, in Flanders.

    As for the conkers: in Turkey horses were forced to eat conkers (only from the red variety it seems) to cure them from coughing, fever or when a merry was expecting a foal. But it isn't very clear whether the mentioned cures used raw conkers or preparations like today in homeopatic recipes.

    I've read somewhere that wild boar do eat them spontaneously though.

    It's also possible that the seeds of the pavia are mistaken for conkers. Both trees are very similar as well as the seeds. (Aesculus pavia Aesculus hippocastanum)

    Anyway: if you want to spare your house of the visits of a witch, plant a horse chestnut tree next to it. The witch will rest there in the shape of an owl instead of hounting your home. ;-)

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    Comment number 9.

    Hello. We were visiting Aigas area at the week-end and heard of your imminent arrival up here in the Highlands. Thought I'd let you know about our nocturnal visitor to our front garden in Saltburn, Invergordon (about an hour from Aigas) - the "elusive" pine marten! He regularly comes around 8-9 o'clock, helps himself to the hanging nut chains out for the birds, generally follows the same trail every night, around our summerhouse and along by the fence. He can be in the garden for 5-10 minutes at a time. Sometimes he visits later, but we know he's been from the evidentiary trail of nuts / food. My husband is to try to get him on film. We were just amazed at the fact he would come into what is essentially a town garden - though at the end of Saltburn village - but he is thrilling to watch. And the lounge lights, and outside motion sensor light coming on, do not seem to phase him at all!


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