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In pictures: Chris and Martin's Isle of Man boys weekend

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 15:15 UK time, Thursday, 9 June 2011

Martin and Chris put on leather, get on a motorbike and behave badly... Martin's taking Chris on his ideal wild weekend across the sea to the Isle of Man. (It's probably just a coincidence that bike-mad Martin chose the home of the TT races.)

Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games

Martin and Chris on a bike

Martin Hughes-Games and Chris Packham

Martin and Chris in leathers

Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games

Martin and Chris on a bike... again

Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games

...and again

Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games

Some wildlife! Filming lamprey

Watch the first instalment of Boys Weekend on Springwatch on BBC Two at 8pm, Thursday 9 June


  • Comment number 1.

    Hey there, I love Springwatch and the owls, but here is a question that has been bothering me and my neighbour, There is a duck in my neighbour's garden that has been laying eggs randomly around the place.... What is going on in this duck's mind??

  • Comment number 2.

    what was in the jars? and why was Chris in the side cart?

  • Comment number 3.

    ...is it me or is it warm in here?!! ;-)

  • Comment number 4.


  • Comment number 5.

    Lol much, chris looks SOOOOOO funny! no offence but haha!

  • Comment number 6.

    Positively Brando-esque ;)

  • Comment number 7.

    My daughter just commented "Dastardley & Muttley"!!! - spot on Izzy!!

  • Comment number 8.

    i take that back, seeing him on tv now it looks alright!

  • Comment number 9.

    dose a fox give birth to one litter and then go and mate again and give birth to another litter in the same den?

  • Comment number 10.

    How did Chris manage to fit in the side cart?

    Archie Lamb aged 11

  • Comment number 11.

    Leathers, biking, camping. Interesting!

    Also how many Tom Jones lyrics are trying to be sneaked in tonight? Who lost which bet? I noticed the manic street preachers going in there too. Kate isn't quite up to Chris's sneaking in skills just yet.. but he is the past master.

    Bring on week 3!

  • Comment number 12.

    I and many others are sick to death of Chris's innuendos and the homophobic 'Brockeback Mountain remark is the end Springwatch for me and others that have been discussing him online. He is the reason why viewing figures are dropping like a stone, more of us have gone now...

  • Comment number 13.


    I am a big fan of Springwatch and just saw this episode where you visit the Isle of Man, and I'm very, very disappointed that you chose to fly there and show this on the programme. There's a real contradiction there that you push the nature conservation message on the programme and yet take short haul flights within the British Isles. It sends a really unhelpful and contradictory message. How can you on the one hand promote conservation and on the other so casually take a short flight so needlessly?

  • Comment number 14.

    Gavin did it occur to you they may not have flown at all - the shot may just have been for effect? How do you think they got the crew and their equipment there? How about the motorbike and sidecar? Hmm.

    And Mark, that's an over-reaction. I could have been offended by this, but I'm really not. Come on guys, lighten up a bit!

  • Comment number 15.

    Yes Mark I agree you are over-reacting... Chris was just making a joke... Did you leave your sense of humour in a rabbit hole?... That too is a JOKE and please don't be offended! He may have a tacky sense of homour but I don't actually believe homophobia is quite there... Well I hope not anyway... ;)

  • Comment number 16.

    We have newtlets in a tub in the garden will they spend the winter in the tub or do they leave like frogs? Also we feed the hedgehogs & have nightly visits will they eat newts & frogs? We think the show is the best!

  • Comment number 17.

    just home and totally missed thursdays springwatch!
    what am i to do?
    and chris packham in leathers too!!!
    life is not worth living!!!!
    and what birds did i miss as well? what happened to the spotted fly catcher chicks ?
    Aw come on !!!

  • Comment number 18.

    Best comment so far:
    7.At 20:47 9th Jun 2011, Flossie wrote:
    My daughter just commented "Dastardley & Muttley"!!! - spot on Izzy!!

  • Comment number 19.

    Chris, if you promise to dress like that on your tour I will definitely be buying tickets ;) hahaha. Nice Manic Street Preachers reference in the show earlier by the way. :)

  • Comment number 20.

    Excellent programm. And er......would love to go camping with you Martin!!!
    Beautiful Enfield btw.



  • Comment number 21.

    Enjoyed last night's programme....although my little lad Arthur was in tears because Martin had no-one to camp with when Chris made his hasty departure!! Can't wait til Monday's show but we'll keep busy over the weekend with our Bug Watch..

  • Comment number 22.

    I live in the isle of man.tt is crazy lukuly i havent seen eny wildlife on the road yet acsept for a cat but it made it acros.

  • Comment number 23.

    Do you ever show Pigeon babies. I know they are not liked, but niether a rats and there is loads of wildlife footage of rats.

  • Comment number 24.

    Recently on springwatch Chris mentioned the use of the uyropidual gland (preen glands) in birds. I am aware of the fact that certain birds including buzzards dont have preen glands; how do they keep dry? and was this what the mother buzzard was doing on the show on Thursday?

  • Comment number 25.

    is chis in the side car because he cant drive. :-)

  • Comment number 26.

    I agree with their enthusiasm over the choughs. I stood for ages once watching them in Ronda, in Spain. Absolutely awesome bird.

  • Comment number 27.

    ** Succumbs to an attack of lower gravity again **

  • Comment number 28.

    Great footage of the Choughs. Where my Mum lives in Spain there is quite a big flock of them. When we were on holiday there in June last year, they flew over the house in the morning to feed on the hills behind, then back again in the evening. Spectacular sight. Unfortunately we only saw one this year as we went over earlier in the year.

  • Comment number 29.

    Loved the Brokeback joke. Didn't see it as homophobic at all. Chris Packham is the best part of the show.

  • Comment number 30.

    please put river cam on at night i would like to see if there are any otters on there

    ben age 13

  • Comment number 31.

    Can't believe that the comment made by Chris has offended anyone, clearly that was never the intention. For me his enthusiasm and humour are a big part of what makes Springwatch so great. If this is all some people have to get upset about, then please get a life!!

  • Comment number 32.

    Was goinmg to tell C&M to say hi to my grandson on Man, but after that Brokeback remark...

  • Comment number 33.

    Incredible how easily some folks are offended nowadays. Trying to take all the fun out of humour. The segment was very entertaining and dare I say, also amusing. The aerobatics the Choughs were performing was quite spectacular, something I haven't seen before. Thanks.

  • Comment number 34.

    love the show but can we have some jays please next spring

  • Comment number 35.

    spark 66 I don't twust people who can't contwol their R's.

  • Comment number 36.

    We have made a beautiful wildlife pond in our garden. It was full of tadpoles, sticklebacks, pond skaters, whirlygig beetles, newts and lucious plants. They are gone or devastated due to a pair of mallard ducks who would love to set up home there. It is breaking our hearts to witness the destruction. Is there anything we can do - my husband wants to buy an air rifle. Help!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Great pics guys, CP in leather - aaaaaahhhhhhhh. Give me some, please! AND Choughs are awesome birds. Watched them at South Stack on Anglesey last year, and hopefully going back there in a couple of weeks to see them again. Their acrobatics are spectacular. Lovin' them too! As for the negative comments on Chris earlier - shame on you, he is the best part of the programme and makes wildlife watching more exciting with his quirky, commical edge, his knowledge and passion are unquestionable. There!

  • Comment number 38.

    You don't have to go to the Isle of Man for Choughs, they're at Aberdyfi and on the Gower too!

  • Comment number 39.

    How do Earth worms get into my water butt?And how are they still alive?

    I do return them to the soil but I am helping?

  • Comment number 40.

    Mmmm CW_74 we dont need a life but children watch this and it will be up to parents to explain comments like Brokeback mountain to them, unless Mr Packham would like to explain to the viewers himself on Mondays show. Do you see Kate or Martin making these type of comments, No, so lets keep the comments clean and viewers may return. This is not the first time Mr Packham has made such comments but I hope it will be the last.

  • Comment number 41.

    @ Keith

    What about the countless soap operas on TV these days at around 7pm that deal with sexuality? Surely children watch that and ask questions? Why bring up children to be totally oblivious to the real world? It was only a joke.

  • Comment number 42.

    So far Springwatch have been fabulous!
    And Ynys Hir is such a wonderful and wild place.

    Really makes me laught, all the negative comments about Chris ... bla bla bla... he's the reason my 3 year old nephew is watching Springwatch!!!

    And they did actually go to Isle of Man on the ferry.....

    Keep up the great work, to all of the BBc Springwatch crew!

  • Comment number 43.

    I love Springwatch, but I found Chris Packham's homophobic 'joke' about not sharing a tent with the Martin he had seen Brokeback Mountain, offensive, inappropriate, unnecessary and completely unfunny. (Thursday 9th June) Coming across such blatant homophobia on the BBC is depressing and I hope he will be challenged about it. I notice homophobia is not allowed on the blog!

  • Comment number 44.

    One for CHRIS: those lamprays are certainly 'a design for life!' :)
    Ronan Harris

  • Comment number 45.

    OMG The joke about Brokeback mountain was sooo not meant to offend anyone , It was a joke plain and simple , and I thought the mini film was really funny and loved watching the choughs , Come on guys whats with all the Chris battering that is going on , he is very very informative on the show and his chemistry with Kate and Martin is good to watch , they all get on so well .
    Oh and by the way I have kids that watch the show and they didn't bat an eyelid at the Brokeback joke , They were more concerned Martin was left on his own hahaha .
    I'm just wondering what you are all gonna say about Martin being in all his glory in the river * I nearly fainted * *thud* I did lol .
    Funny and entertaining oh and very informative .
    Keep camping It up lads It's all in good fun :)

    PS I have someone very close to me who is gay and he wasn't offended in the least !!!

  • Comment number 46.

    Loved the show , loved the bikes , loved the bromance and fun ;), loved the choughs and last night loved the Lamprays , awesome . Prior warning could have been given though as to Martin in the river lol , bad for my blood pressure ;) Good telly and very informative lads and team .

  • Comment number 47.

    Keith 40 I haven't seen Brokeback. Explain...

  • Comment number 48.

    Well basically Kieth It's about two gay men who have some tent action , Beautiful film but the tent action is what everyone remembers ;)

  • Comment number 49.

    Stunning Film footage last night of those beautiful birds , the colour of their eyes was breath taking :) Also didn't realise Martin was a stuntman too , oh wait he's not right !!
    Funniest thing Iv'e seen In a while I can tell you , the sight of Martin somersaulting over that fence , watched It about 5 times and nearly did myself real damage cos I was laughing so much ;)

  • Comment number 50.

    I have a very large wasp/hornet in my garden, using a nest box. I have looked it up at it seems that I should destroy it. I don't like the idea of this, what should I do.

  • Comment number 51.

    hils 50, Once again, if they aren't bothering you, leave it alone. They will die off and the queen will move on. I discovered an enormous disused nest in our loft several years ago that I didn't even know was there.

  • Comment number 52.

    M R-S 43 I said something that was a bit dubious, but meant to be amusing. It is still there.


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