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Something for the weekend ......?

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 23:06 UK time, Thursday, 5 June 2008

It's late on Thursday night and my adrenaline levels are just calming down after another live show from the production gallery, this time wondering if we would have to completely re-order the show as it was happening, were Simon to get loads of dolphins performing live for the cameras in Scotland.

Most of the Springwatch team have already left the site here at Pensthorpe (apart from our dedicated team of cameramen, out trying to film otters, and our story developers, painstakingly watching the camera feeds and giving you the best of the action via our webcams). So week two of Springwatch 2008 is over. We now have a few days to get some rest and reflect on what goodies we can present you for our final week of live shows (nature and technology permitting, of course).

But what about you? Yes, YOU!! What are you going to do this weekend?

As I've said in a previous blog, one thing that makes Springwatch special is how much you, the audience, join in and get involved - with Springwatch and with UK wildlife as a whole - whether its just enjoying it or getting stuck in and doing something to help wildlife where you live. There are loads of ways that you can do this - allow me to find something that will suit you.

So ...... something for the weekend, sir (or madam)?

There's no better weekend than this weekend to do something with nature, or for nature. Get out there, get involved and keep the Springwatch spirit going until we see you again on Monday. Here's a range of suggestions:

Don't fancy going further than your own garden? Our garden wildlife page has loads of ideas and links to information on what you can do to help the wildlife that lives (or wants to live) right on your doorstep. Go on - start your very own nature reserve in your back yard! I have and I'm addicted to it. I have a relatively small garden in the middle of Bristol and I even have a badger that comes and visits most nights (I hope he isn't missing me ....). There are suggestions of quick and easy things - and more involved things - you can do, depending how brave and energetic you're feeling.

Whatever you do this weekend, why not "Do One Thing" for nature? Click here for even more ideas - easy to challenging - from the BBC Breathing Places team. And don't feel you have to restrict yourself to doing just One Thing, either!

If you want to just get out and see some wildlife or find a wildlife event in your local area, why not let the BBC Breathing Places team show you what's near where you live? Go to their places and events website , put in your postcode and away you go.

As Bill and Kate have mentioned, there are a number of Springwatch and Breathing Places Festivals happening around the country this weekend (only!). So if you live in or near Brighton, Bristol, Derby, Gateshead, Glasgow, Newcastle or Southampton there's a great day out for you and your family to be had right on your doorstep. These festivals have been hugely popular and well received in the past, so if you haven't been to one before, why not go along this weekend and try one out?

If you want to get really involved and make a real difference to the wildlife in your area this weekend, why not join one of 50 Springwatch Action Teams (S.W.A.Ts) that will be springing into action all over the country, turning run down spaces into breathing places - great for wildlife and for people. If you want to know more, click here or watch the film on the Springwatch homepage which shows what happened when Gordon Buchanon went to help out a SWAT team in Leicester. You'll make a lasting contribution to your local wildlife and your local community and are likely to have a lot of fun in the process. Go for it!

The weather is looking half decent for most of the country at some point this weekend, so why not take the opportunity to do your own Springwatching, whether you are just outside watching the birds and the bees, or getting down and dirty and making a difference in your local patch.

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun, stay safe and we'll see you on Monday, no doubt brimming with a whole host of Springwatch surprises for you, courtesy of Mother Nature.


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