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...that was Springwatch 2012. What did you think?

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Paul Deane Paul Deane | 18:09 UK time, Thursday, 14 June 2012

Somehow, that's almost us for another year. And it's been eventful one and we feel genuinely privileged to have experienced it.

We were at the heart of a Welsh storm and watched, first hand, how wildlife is affected by an extreme weather event, while our own production site was flooded and abandoned.

We've seen predator attacks from a weasel, a mink, a woodpecker and a cat.

We do try to move things forward each year on Springwatch too.

This year we made a concerted effort to make the TV show feel fresh and re-energized. We've tried, wherever possible, to put more of the wildlife we know you love on screen and to offer you a greater breadth of different species. We tried to go deeper into the lives of some species, such as peregrine falcons, kingfishers and otters.

We've also tried to bring you more mammals and revel in the unsung heroes of our native wildlife both on our live cameras and on the show, such as earthworms, moles, mammal stump and butterflies emerging.

In the past, Springwatch has had a second live location but this year, in some programmes, we chose not to do this. This meant we were able to allocate more time and effort into live cameras around our base at Ynys-hir. It would be interesting to hear if you missed this element at all?

Sometimes things don't go so well for the animals we're following. This year has been particular bleak at times, with the extreme weather and a number of predations that have taken place, all part of nature taking it's course. We feel it always right to show you exactly what happens even when, at times, it makes for emotional and hard viewing.

On the web this year, we teamed up with the BBC Nature team to bring the webcams with a news-style commentary system. We were also able to bring the webcams onto the Red Button for 20 hours a day for our first week (before jubilee and football events pushed us off the schedules).

Like so many other BBC sites we said goodbye to our messageboard this year, but Facebook and Twitter went from strength to strength.

We try to post a range of blogs, which are helpful, interesting or examine a subject in more depth.

We're back with a Summerwatch special in August and with Autumnwatch. As ever it's always great to hear from you about what you enjoyed and what you'd like to see more of?


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  • Comment number 1.

    I have enjoyed every minute, that been able to watch (not got chance to see all the programmes this time around). Everything that I wanted to see has been in this series. I especially enjoyed the fox family in Potters Bar, the item about the fossils, butterflies, and the Barn Owl cams. Also the film with old boats in the scenes was beautiful. Thank you all for your excellent efforts!
    David, (volunteer for Hogarth's Wildlife- aka Hogarth's (Spikey's) Hedgehog Rescue).

  • Comment number 2.

    Brilliant, of course! You keep us hooked from start to end and leave us wanting more so the website and webcams is a great extra. I love the mixture of live action and clips, and the presenters work well together. Didnt miss the second location myself. Loved the peregrines :-) Love it all, and yes, there have been some sad parts when animals were predated, but as you say, that's nature. And we love it! Thank you everyone so much! x

  • Comment number 3.

    HI spring watch team ,
    mackala ? what a breath of fresh air .chris as usual brilliant and martin mr cool. well done great series. three best presenters yet. any chance of doing more down in my neck of the woods ? new forest hampshire ? fallow deer , roe , muntjack, red, springwatch unsprung real winner if i was the producer i,d sign those three up quickly on a five year contract so they cant go off and do other things. and i promise i dont know any of them. well done again cant wait for Autumn watch.

  • Comment number 4.

    Love Springwatch: thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Goldcrest nest (we are lucky enough to get these birds in the garden), Sandpiper and, well, just about everything, really.
    Presenters are grea,t and hats off to the whole team who managed to get the cameras working after the awful floods. Look forward to seeing Autumnwatch and, hopefully, the winter special.

  • Comment number 5.

    I really enjoyed it, even though there seemed to be more sad outcomes than ever before - that's nature. And the amazing effort to get everything working again after the flood is very much appreciated.
    A few suggestions to make it even better:
    Do it in SPRING! Taken as 1 Mar to 31 May by Met Office, so it's mostly over by the time SpringWatch starts, too late to encourage people to go out and see spring nature for themselves.
    I did miss having presenters seeking different animals in other parts of the country; very focused on the one site, and therefore on birds, this time.
    Not knocking Michaela, she does a great job, but how about a female presenter who's as qualified in zoology or other relevant science as Chris and Martin?

  • Comment number 6.

    Brilliant film of otters in Shetland. Such a super and soothing piece, Absolutely loved it and could empathise with the obsession!! Beautiful!!!

  • Comment number 7.

    Another wonderful series. Find it so annoying that your presenters keep saying aPsolutely, Please please remind them that the word is aBsolutely.

  • Comment number 8.

    I cant believe its the last show fantastic program, wonderful photography. what will I watch at 8pm every night now.
    Seriously guys cant wait for Autumn watch many thanks Jan

  • Comment number 9.

    Great series, wish you would use Miles and not Kilometres when talking distances.

  • Comment number 10.

    I have loved watching springwatch yet again - the only thing that makes me sad is that you find time to rescue the larger birds i.e. perigrine falcons, but not the small birds who have been left behind in the nest box (which have been made for them by us in the first place). Its a shame. We have had the full entertainment of watching these tiny birds hatching and growing, and then we let them perish in front of us... arghhhhhh.

  • Comment number 11.

    Just thank you to everybody, very much/diolch yn fawr yn iawn Ynyshir.............so long til August, yes we want Summerwatch Special and then Autumnwatch!!

  • Comment number 12.

    Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed the shows this year. This is of course down to the wildlife being wonderful but also enormous credit to the presenters who did not try to outshine the animals but were very informative and enthusiastic and let the wildlife experience shine through. Well done, please keep these presenters for the next show.

  • Comment number 13.

    Well, as usual the BBC NHU has brought us another fantastic series of Springwatch. Having to contend with not only the unpredictable nature of nature, but with the adverse weather conditions. Well done team! Can't wait for the next instalment. Shame we can't have a monthly catch up programme

  • Comment number 14.

    I am so glad Springwatch has been on the last few weeks.
    It has really given me something to enjoy whilst studying for my A-level exams!

    I have loved all of the young animals, especially the peregrines, the ospreys (one of my favourite birds) and the redstarts.

    Obviously the sandpipers have been amazing to watch and I am extremely pleased to have been priviledged enough to watch them hatch.

    Thank you so much Springwatch for a fabulous diary of real-time events!
    I can't wait for future series (including summerwatch and autumnwatch).

  • Comment number 15.

    Absolutely loved it! Now it is all over, I will be suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Thank you so much to everyone involved.

  • Comment number 16.

    Brilliant as always, even when its been hard to watch with so many deaths this time. Gutted we have to wait another year before its on again! I know we have Autumnwatch but I don't like the once a week format of that! Thanks to all the team for a great 3 weeks!

  • Comment number 17.

    Excellent as usual, loved the Gannetts, great filming and footage come to North East Scotland and see them at Troup Head they are 10 times more spectacular than the Bass rock. Great to see Chris back on our screens look forward to his new show. A monthly or even weekly catch up would be good.

  • Comment number 18.

    Enjoyed all the shows and must say a big thank you. But I would like to see a bit more on how the Rspb manage the reserve for nature a mention of the plight of the hen harriers I feel is important lastly more unsprung! Must say that the website is excellent.

  • Comment number 19.

    For the first time I have been really interested in Springwatch, and watched it quite religiously! I have particularly enjoyed watching the progress of the Nuthatches and Sandpipers, with the series ending so beautifully with the hatching of the Sandpiper chicks, especially after the awful weather. It has been heartbreaking to see the fate of the Kingfisher chicks near the beginning of the series and the last Nuthatch chick who didn't make it. But this emotional investment and interest has made the series what it is. I love the presenters: Michaela is gentle and inspiring, Chris is so knowledgeable and Martin, who I hadn't seen much before, was wonderful and a pleasure to watch. A great team. And those who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes have done a fantastic job too. Now I am addicted to the lovely webcam footage of the birds and animals, I just wish they could be kept online for a bit longer, especially as there's such a long time to wait before Summer/Autumnwatch! Perhaps this is something that could be put in place to keep the interest going? And I know I'm not alone in wishing the series was longer, as I think there is a place for this sort of show regularly on our screens. Intelligent, moving, interesting, captivating and educational, we need more shows like this!! Thanks again

  • Comment number 20.

    No Unsprung? Thats rather disappointing! Show was good but wish some things would be greater highlighted such as the devastation non-native invasive species cause like the mink, why was there no talk of mink rafts and removing the animal like any decent nature reserve would do? Please next time maybe add in at least some information on the wonderful plants of spring! Martin and Chris well done, other than that, a great show :)

  • Comment number 21.

    I think this has been the best Springwatch so far. Chris, Martin and Michaela have really gelled as a team and Iolo and Charlie have been consistently interesting. I liked the concentration on one site rather than having a secondary site elsewhere (there was certainly enough going on at Ynys-Hir!!) The tone of the interaction between the presenters was less frantically jokey than last year thank goodness but still very entertaining and engaging. Well done to everyone, especially after the flood last week. It's been brilliant!

  • Comment number 22.

    As usual Springwatch you did it again!
    Wonderful stories, Real drama and all of it happening in our gardens, woodland, parks, and under the sea.
    Brilliant, is about the only word I can think of to sum it up.
    I shall now look forward to the Summerwatch Special and Autumnwatch.
    But where is Kate? I miss her so much especially her knowledge.

  • Comment number 23.

    So sad Springwatch has ended...loved every minute. The three presenters absolutely make it the fantastic programme it is - the best presenters yet, please don't change them. Although there were very sad moments there were also magical one's too. Hopefully it has made more peope interested in nature. Looking forward to Chris' new programme and also Autumnwatch - Well done !

  • Comment number 24.

    Absolutely fantastic! Well done to all the springwatch team. So true what Chris says about getting children interested in nature. I took my year two class pond dipping on a school trip recently. They loved it - haven't stopped talking about it. We also did the big birdwatch earlier this year ( we managed to make pretend birds out of paper plates too that 'flew' across the classroom!) and the scream of 'pied wagtail in playground' and children rushing to the window during my lesson observation recently was quite amusing. We are now waiting for our butterflies to emerge so we can release them in the school garden. Kids love nature if they are given the chance to explore it instead of playing computer games all week-end. It really is down to the parents - get your children enthusiastic about the amazing natural world out there before it is too late.

  • Comment number 25.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the programs. Photography execellent as usual. Chris gtes even more 'geeky' each time, but I really quite envy his knowledge. I grew up in the countryside and had seen most British animals by the time I was a teenager (that's going back some). One of the best moments though was watching 3 or 4 red squirrels playing around an oak tree about 3 years ago. They were exquisite.Can we have Kate Humble back though. My wife has stopped watching the program since she left.

  • Comment number 26.

    Fantastic...its been both fascinating and entertaining. Can't wait for Summerwatch...meanwhile I'll be outside enjoying the wildlife and the weather and marveling at it all. Thanks for a brilliant show...to everyone involved!

  • Comment number 27.

    Well Done to everyone at Springwatch - I'd say this has been your best by a mile! The presenters were excellent, the superb camera work breathtaking, the stories both heartwarming and terribly sad, especially the Kingfishers, have had us on the edge of our seats. Cried buckets at the demise of the bluetits - but then squealed with joy that Mrs Leggitt has hatched her eggs. Loved the otters, and the variety of all natures best and the micro world of insects etc was fascinating. Credit to you all for managing to get it back together after the floods and how you perserved with all those midgies - I couldnt stop scratching and squirming every night watching you all! Please keep the presenters for the next series and please may we see some hedgehogs next time? Bravo!

  • Comment number 28.

    An exceptional Springwatch series. The theme of "get young people involved" was well illustrated, although somehow the link to special activities from previous series got lost. This is not surprising what with the Jubilee and the Olympic Torch there just wasn't enough time for most people. I felt the presenters were more focused than before and there was less innuendo. The floods brought a strong and rather dark theme- those of us who watched the RSPB site and Facebook were expecting a vale of tears but instead the presenters and the animals dried themselves and got on with their lives! This was uplifting for me at least! Not having another location but darting about was good, as it gave presenters (notably Chris Hamilton James with his otter family) a chance to give us a timeline. As usual the photography and editing was faultless. I was glad to see the strand about different cameras and I do hope young people watching may have been inspired to take up nature photography and join the British school which has got to be one of the best in the world. Really excited to hear about Summerwatch and Autumnwatch coming back. Until we meet again!

  • Comment number 29.

    I have had the webcams up and running on my classroom computers. The children absolutely love it. We will miss Springwatch & look forward to seeing you back soon.

  • Comment number 30.

    I have been glued, as ever, to Springwatch. I think Michaela is a great asset to the programme, I think this show has been better presented this year, the emphasis returning to the birds and animals, rather than the presenters, less playing to the camera etc. Which bit did I like best? The otters. Amazing filming and how interesting to see how they smell underwater! Loved it all. Thank you, and will be looking out for Chris's prog on Sunday and Summerwatch. Isobel

  • Comment number 31.

    Due to the football, I've only watched the first week which was excellent. I have recorded this week's episodes and am looking forward to catching up. Photography has been fantastic and quite inspiring so am looking forward to getting out and about with my camera for the next two weeks. Looking forward to the summer special and Autumnwatch! Thanks guys!

  • Comment number 32.

    Addicted. Degree in Zoology but learn so much from your great team. Perfect mix of fur, feathers and slithery things. Mammal stump inspired and what amazing slomo shots in HD - such a treat. But as for Chris' poetry - I've had a bat in my hair.

  • Comment number 33.

    really enjoyed springwatch,but could it be on in spring and maybe up north as we allways get left out of any bbc programs ,would love to have had simon king on for a few episodes,

  • Comment number 34.

    Absolutely brilliant!!!!! Congratulations to everyone involved - it was a Fantastic Voyage throughout the wildlife and a Brilliant Adventure in a wonderful part of the world. It was a Moonage Daydream watching the films and backed by the wonderful Welsh landscape, there must have been Something In The Air - the presenting was engaging and getting the show on air - re: the awful weather - was a Miracle. Goodnight SpringWatch. Roll on Summer / AutumnWatch.

  • Comment number 35.

    Big congratulations to all on what I personally think has been best Springwatch series yet. Dispite the awful weather the crew managed to bring us some fantastic footage. Overall, the series was refreshing and and was presented in such a manner it appealled both knowledgable viewers and the and public in general. Well done again *****

  • Comment number 36.

    We've enjoyed every minute of the series! Especially the fox family, which Tess the dog loved to watch. Brilliant coverage. Watching in HD was just amazing. And well done for keeing going after the storm. My only complaint, can you keep going for longer and can we have more Unsprung. Congratulations and our thanks to all the Springwatch team! xx

  • Comment number 37.

    I found it totally addictive, especially after the storms to see what happened. Hats off to getting it live on air after being flooded out. Loved the live webcams of the nests those that survived and those that didn't, but that's nature for you. Would like to see more Birds of Prey featured, but those Owls were amazing to watch. Not so keen on the juvenile presenting of our two boys out on a frolic. All in all though compelling viewing and looking forward to next time.

  • Comment number 38.

    Loved spring watch this year have been hooked since the first year, micheala was brilliant and a good addition to the team. Want to see a LOT more of Iola next year though as his reports were so informative. It's been a year of highs and lows and I have become obsessed, the Facebook page has become a life line through the long weekends. Unfortunately I've been unable to access the live feed online but really enjoyed watching on the red button the first week - more of that next year please. Keep the Facebook updates coming and I can't wait for autumn watch.

  • Comment number 39.

    Springwatch, as ever, is producing accessible, enjoyable and dramatic nature to the population of the UK. At a time when Rio 20 and environment issues are apparent just show more shows like this as it inspires alot more people then you can passing any legislation! There should be a programme such as this broadcast all year, as it engages people who wouldnt normally otherwise into wildlife and the environment. Clearly there is a need for this as so many people have enjoyed this series so more of the same. Please!

  • Comment number 40.

    Everyone has done a fantastic job in very difficult conditions. It's amazing there has even been a Springwatch after the weather at the weekend and the photos we saw of the production village! I've had more time this year to watch the webcams but instantly regretted it as now they're off, I'd love to know how they get on - hoping that will be covered in Summerwatch........
    Also, I've missed Unsprung and the red button interaction, but mostly Unsprung. I find it very entertaining and wonder if there were only 2 because of budget or lack of a timeslot (stuff the football!!)
    Didn't miss the second live location, much preferred to know what was going on with the webcams etc, good move as far as I'm concerned!
    All in all, I've thoroughly enjoyed it and as always, looking forward to Summer/Autumnwatch. (with more Unsprungs!!!)
    Thanks for the last 3 weeks!

  • Comment number 41.

    Oh, and bring back Science Geek!!!!

  • Comment number 42.

    This is the only programme on the BBC that's worth paying the TV licence for, it's educative, enjoyable and most importantly ignites a passion for British wildlife that is not otherwise readily available to the vast majority of British people, so why is the series so short? surely in a country that has 4 widely varying seasons (and therefore plenty of cycles in thousands of different species) there is plenty of scope to be covered to justify a way longer series? (personally I would love to see it broadcast every night all year around) I love the BBC for bringing British wildlife in real time into my life, but at the same time hate it for cruelly snatching it away from me after such a brief encounter :(

  • Comment number 43.

    Absolutely loved the series this year - a great improvement on the last two years. Although I do miss Kate, I think that Michaela, Martin and Chris work fantastically well together and this helped a lot in my enjoyment of the programmes. less silly stuff and more wildlife, keep it up!!! The addition of Iolo, Roy and Charlie was great too. I would prefer to see them doing more 'live' outside broadcasts though rather than the pre recorded stuff that made up most of their input.

    Great to see more focus on the nests featured on the webcams this year something which was lacking last year. These are integral to Springwatch and should always be the main features on all the programmes. Also pleased to see the mammals and butterfies getting more coverage but you can do more in this area, more invertebrates and other insects please! Their lives and habits are interesting too. More people like the earthworm lady please!

    Only 2 unsprungs? Thats disappointing! Please go back to having one every night after the main show ie 11 altogether, will let you have the last night off! They don't need to be as formal and organised as they are getting, just get the presenters sitting on the sofas chatting about the show thats just finished and looking at viewers photos and videos, once again these did not get the coverage they deserved. Guests are not needed nor is the audience.

    Thank you to all the team for a fantastic series despite all the welsh weather threw at you! Looking forward to summerwatch and autumnwatch.

  • Comment number 44.

    Always get withdrawal symptoms even before the last programme of a series finishes, and always look forward to a new series (arguably the best TV show on our screens). Intrigued about Summerwatch in August too! I did miss the second live location to a certain extent, an element that shouldn't be completely ruled out in the future. However loved the rich variety of habitats on view from the web cams. The three presenters look very comfortable presenting along side one another and their various skills compliment each other making the viewing very satisfying, don't change a thing from that perspective. CHJ great film maker but concentrate more on the wildlife rather than him filming his subject. Iolo and Liz are always great! Also well done SW team for keeping things going despite the flooding!

  • Comment number 45.

    I loved everything about the series except not enough for me. I want 3 months of Springwatch then 3 months of Summerwatch and of course 3 months of Autumwatch and a Winter special. And Much more Unsprungs.
    I'd be happy to pay more license fee for that.
    Come on BBC its the best program you make.

  • Comment number 46.

    i am so gutted that springwatch has left the airwaves. i think the series has been fantastic with nature, of course, being the star of the show. i am sure staying at ynis hir will be beneficial to build relationship with the natural world and with the people who make it happen. the extras such as the osprey project is crucial also, especially for the overeall enjoyment of the programme and broadens appeal. ive learnt so much and have met like minded people along the journey. i cant even tell my hubbie how upset i am about the series ending and having to leave the families we have grown to love, but I can tell my like-minded, new found friends. i have learnt so much because of your dedication to nature and keeping the public informed and insprired. tyvm x

  • Comment number 47.

    Haven't missed a programme of all series, past & present, or 'Unsprung'. Adore the show and love to learn more and more about nature. I do all I can to help nature in my garden, even though I am the only garden with trees in the row. It was even more enthralling this year given the weather conditions, and kept me on my toes all weekend wondering how the birds were coping. Very sad for the kingfishers, just hope that with more bad weather forecast this weekend, they all survive. Thanks to you all who are involved, roll on August!!!

  • Comment number 48.

    Just to say I really enjoyed this series and I though the text commentary to go with the webcams was excellent. Also thought Iolo, Roy and Charlie were great additions.

    Only dissapointments: finished all too soon and 2 episodes of unsprung.

  • Comment number 49.

    Hello! I am Gavin Jenkins and my garden is in Durham! Thanks for a brilliant series once again it always manages to inspire me to take more notice at this time of year. AND THANKS for showing my CRAZY STOAT VIDEO - you have made my century. After a lifetime of you guys at the BBC showing me wildlife I finally return the favour. Loads of questions - were they playing? (surely) why? were they young pups? will i see them again? hope so. See you in AutumnWatch and COME TO DURHAM it is lovely! I'll get the kettle on...

  • Comment number 50.

    It was a real treat to watch and a shame it ended when spring was still springing and summer was dragging its sorry sunshine behind...A tear welled up inthe corner of my eye, then I realised I was a grown-up and wiped it away...but still, come on BBC...just when things are comming to life you pull the plug...you dont do that with the news (chuckle)...anyway...watched it all and the ones I couldn't, there was iplayer...I still have my nests and my own spring in my garden...will see you all soon bye

  • Comment number 51.

    Honestly think this has been the best Springwatch ever! All the presenters worked so well together and the overall production has been so good. We have had little timewasting showing us what we have seen before and showing us what we will see in the next bit then seeing it!!! This happens ad nauseum these days which is why springwatch has been so refreshing to watch. Keep the team, keep the production - outstanding - thanks!

  • Comment number 52.

    I loved the programme this year. The highlights for me were Charlie's kingfisher and otter films. Iolo also really shone in this year's Springwatch. Only one complaint: Chris - why did we not have any Scary Monsters and Supercreeps on the show?

  • Comment number 53.

    Can we have MORE unsprung next year. Pleaseeeee more unsprung. and more episdoes, a good 5 weeks would be nice. Glad to see so many comments, hope the bbc look up and show more shows like this!

  • Comment number 54.

    Loved the series and as always wish it could go on for longer especially as this year had so many lows it would be lovely to see how nature continues despite set backs. Loved the webcams and have to say the otters and falcons were my favourites. Wish we could have seen more of the bats though and sorry Chris, but the baby bat was gorgeous!!!

  • Comment number 55.

    I missed the last show so has to catch up on the iplayer. Regular shows about nature are important and these days often few and far between, compared to the 1970'S and 1980's for example. Yes we get our regular Attenborough fixes now and again, but for how much longer? Sadly, not for ever. Now, I Don't want to be a party pooper - on the whole, I think the show is a very valuable and brilliant one, but I thought this year's Springwatch was ..lacking. Evidently watered down in content, I expect as part of the BBC cut backs and so has tightened purse strings for the shows budget, to compare this years to the last couple of years. I can partly understand the reason for loosing such massively popular messageboards from a technical and management perhaps even cost point of view, but sadly half of the audience fun was removed at the same time. Twitter, Facebook are OK but have limited usage and other demands. Unsprung was basically Unplugged and then no Kate. You could blame things on the scheduling, due to sport and Jubilee coverage but what about next year? Michaela however has evidently been doing her very best and a good job, considering the tasks involved in taking on a live programme and replacing a more experienced Kate. All credit to her.
    I do hope that the BBC will realize and appreciate it's audiences preferences and not slash the budget for the show again next year. I understand TV licencing fee controls may not help in the matter, but to push an otherwise excellent programme to the verge of becoming boring is irresponsible and unacceptable. We need wildlife and nature programs to keep inspiring our up and coming environmentalists, naturalist and conservationists. To liven up and put a smile on peoples faces, especially older people who perhaps only have the TV for company. A show which has the capacity to appeal to all ages is a marvellous tool and an investment. For the people and the wildlife it loves.

    On a lighter note ..Well done to all! Keep it up. Webcams were the best ever. Lets have a Roadshow ...Horse and cart, whatever you can afford just move about the country a bit more. Preferably no distracting irrelevant lyric games, do that in your own time please.

    All the best

    a GardenTiger, in West Yorkshire.

  • Comment number 56.

    I have already posted a detailed message of praise to Points of View (I didn't know where else I could!). I absolutely loved this series, I hadn't really watched at all in previous years and I am 100% in regret over this. I want to say a BIG thank you to ALL involved, I wish this was on everyday! Unfortunately I didn't really have time to spend a few hours watching the webcams, but I religiously watched the show, the DVR is a great invention! I cannot emphasise enough how much I loved this programme, thank you thank you thank you :-)

    What would I wish for future series? More unsprung! I can't imagine the pressure of doing so many live shows, it really is nice to allow the presenters to 'let their hair down' and have a bit of fun, and as a viewer, to hear encyclopedia ChrisPackhaminnia answer dedicated questions from enthusiasts like myself. The phrase "what's quite interesting is..." was used many times in the series, more please! You can never know enough about wildlife!

    Also, I wish the series lasted longer!

    So my main criticism is I want more! Ever the greedy human! I can't wait for Summerwatch, please spam my Facebook wall when this will be aired, I CANNOT miss it!

    Please keep doing what you're doing and thank you so much :-)

  • Comment number 57.

    More, more, more, please! Thoroughly enjoyed all of Springwatch 2012. So sad it's ended. Was going to suggest Summerwatch but you've already sorted it - how about Winterwatch? Still so much happening! How about something from the Lake District? I agree with the comment about "Spring" watch being a bit too late - well we are in June, so hardly Spring. Just a minor point. Keep up the great work with three brilliant presenters (the best yet!).

  • Comment number 58.

    Having now read all previous comments, it warms my heart to know I am definitely not alone in my views. I'd like to add a massive pat on the back for the tremendous efforts from the flooding. Definitely more Slow Mo shots, they were simply stunning! If Kate Humble were to be added to the roster of current presenters, this would be a good thing, Simon King would also be most welcome. I'd also love to see Terry Nutkins! Until Summerwatch, how about re-runs of The Really Really Wild Show :-)

  • Comment number 59.

    Brilliant series. One of the best. Would have liked a few more unsprung!

    Well done team :)

  • Comment number 60.

    Great series, a real roller coaster of nature. Sadly missed the last programme as we were out, but had our own springwatch moment on the way home, a family of very young cygnets with Mum and Dad on the roadside on Romney Marsh, a Hare running along the road in front of us and then a fox crossing the Ranges, close to the main road. Also discovered that the Blue Tits had nested in my bird box. They are a bit late, but hopefully will survive.Looking forward to seeing you all again on the next series. Thank you again.

  • Comment number 61.

    i look forward to watching the programme
    every time its on just wish it could be on longer

  • Comment number 62.

    This has been the best series yet. For the first time I was able to watch every program. Chris, Martin and Michaela are the perfect presenting team with just the right amount of seriousness and humour making everything interesting. In spite of dramas of the predations and weather I loved every moment of every show. I enjoyed the 'away' items especially the sea eagles and otters but was glad you spent more time on site. I wish the series could have been longer, but am looking forward to the Summerwatch special and autumn watch. Please don't change a thing.

  • Comment number 63.

    Really enjoyed the films from Richard Taylor Jones, loved Chris and Martin out for a jolly in the Morris Minor, loved the mammal stump and that viewers very own Springwatch in her garden.
    I did think there was a lot of subjects we've been through before and I would've loved to have had a weekly feature from Bill but apart from that well done a a big thankyou from this house

  • Comment number 64.

    I loved Springwatch in fact even though the weather was appalling for the last week it was probably one of the best weeks ever. There was so much information and generally good fun had by the presenters and I really look forward to Autumnwatch later in the year. This is one set of programs I really hate to miss.

  • Comment number 65.

    Only suggestion is more UNSPRUNG and can you have somewhere on facebook or on this website to post purely questions for the team and a separate place to chat and post other comments. I never know where to post a question and they have never been answered. Maybe this would make it easier for you to find people's questions. My question this year was what we should do if we find New Zealand flat worms - are we supposed to report them and as they eat our earthworms are they a big threat to them ? My husband found them in Bolton, Lancs.

  • Comment number 66.

    I loved the fresh new look of Springwatch this year and the wide variety of webcams you were able to set up, especially the Kingfishers and the the 'Stump!' Magnifiscent wildlife filming together with the sensitive and interesting thoughts and commentary of the presenters and film makers which were both informative and thought provoking - brilliant! Unsprung, entertaining and facinating as ever (and great fun) was like the icing on the cake - would have loved to see a few more of those though, especially on the final Thursday! Fantastic - looking forward immensely to the summer special!

  • Comment number 67.

    Congratulations to the very professional Springwatch team in front and behind the camera! It was superb, dare I say the best ever: knowledgeable, passionate, eloquent, inspirational and enormous fun. It succeeded in every area that Planet Live failed. I shall really miss it but I am off to do more for the wildlife that lives and visits my garden! Thank you all, it was wonderful!

  • Comment number 68.

    Great series - the best yet I think. Very informative and put over in a light hearted but not silly way. Congratulations to the whole team as we know there is a lot of work going on in the background and particularly this year with the weather problems - you must have been working round the clock! The presenters were tops - they seem to work so well together. Chris with his knowledge and clear way of putting it over is a great asset and makes the programme for me.

  • Comment number 69.

    Cheers and applause to the BBC! A super run of delightful programmes.Loved every minute.Hardly did any work for 3 weeks-totally hooked on the web cams.Despite shouting at the screen to encourage the fledglings-'come on!! you can do it!' to worry and tears at the losses. I know, I know it's what happens, cann't help being a wimp....Bereft now that it's not on. Didn't miss the other locations, quality better than quantity. Super presenters too! Love you all!! Please have more items about beetles and slugs-so overlooked and unloved. Liked the moles- have been trying to stop garden persecution for years!! Roll on summer watch-need 'all year round watch'. The best yet.Big fat thanks xxxxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 70.

    Ohhhh, kissy kissy huggy huggy!! No Odd Billy, no Kay Tumble, no final Unsprung, too many birds. All in all, not as good as previous years.

  • Comment number 71.

    Another great series of Springwatch, very informative and brilliantly presented, although it would have been nice to have a few more episodes of Unsprung. The nuthatches and barn owlets have absolutely made it for me this year! I also really enjoyed the greater focus on the Ynys-hir reserve this series, and the availability of webcams on the red button (just a pitty the schedules only allowed for this during the first week). Please hurry back!

  • Comment number 72.

    Best series yet - I thought the formula was getting tired, but you've tweaked it just enough to make it compulsive viewing again, and much as I admire Kate Humble, you've got the third presenter just right in Michaela Strachan.
    Well done, and roll on Autumnwatch!

  • Comment number 73.

    Well we now have an excellent RSPB reserve at Saltholme on Teesmouth which for years has been a excellent staging post for waders etc.

    So please can Springwatch or aitimnwatch come up to are area instead of been rooted down south all the time.

    As you don't know what you are missing.

    But having said this this series has been different mainly due to the weather been like it has and I congratulate the camera men/women on producing such a wonderful awry of pictures under such trying conditions.

    But remind the Bosses of BBC we the viewers want more of the same please and less of the reallity programme which turn me off.


  • Comment number 74.

    I've really enjoyed this series - a good mixture of information, brilliant photography and filming and great sense of humour by all three presenters. I am already missing the webcams!

  • Comment number 75.

    thanks for another enjoyable series . having read the previous posts from new viewers, i'll let you off with the "repetition" on a lot of topics , pied flycatchers , barn owls , basking sharks etc .
    i'd still plump for more features and less presenters, more questions answered and less "banter".
    sterling work by the whole crew after the flooding. well done everyone .

  • Comment number 76.

    Sorry, was meaning to continue..... I think the balance between presenter banter and in-depth fabulous wildlife filming is now just right --the presenters draw you in to the subjects wonderfully well but whereas in the past I haven't been able to watch whole programmes through(because wearied with too much focus on presenters) , this time I was glued to the screen and feel bereft now! On the other hand ,if this type of presenting had never been tried we would never have got to where we are now. I can't help wondering if Bill Oddie was instrumental in laying the foundations, even though he might have have been occasionally over chirpy. I can't watch Springwatch without thinking of him, and it great to have little films of him in the prog. Springwatch 2012 has been magnificent -I loved watching the live stuff online and I've made a big leap forward in learning about birds' behaviour and identification(and other wildlife) Thankyou

  • Comment number 77.

    I enjoyed the series overall, but have to admit I'm actually a bit disappointed. I watched most episodes (missed some due to late night research work with newts!), and while the episodes themselves were fantastic, I'm disappointed at what feels like a very short time to be on air. Has it always been this short? I think it should have been earlier in the year and for 5 weeks instead of 3. And 3 episodes of Unsprung wasn't enough for me! It is brilliant, and draws the audience into the show even more than the main programme by answering more questions.

    I did miss the message boards, and I really didn't feel that involved in the whole programme compared to the last 5 or so years. I can see the reasons it was cut, but it is not the same as Facebook or Twitter, or even the blogs. I enjoyed commenting on the blogs this year, but I think it's such a shame that so many people want you to answer their questions but never get any acknowledgement. On the messageboards, they usually got a good answer, even if it wasn't from one of the team, and I know I certainly learnt a lot. Is there no way that you could create an area specifically for questions and answers, even if you removed all other discussions (which used to get very heated).

    And now for the positives! Beautiful shots and good detail, a brilliant mix of wildlife (but I missed the episode with the newts, gutted!) some great firsts and lovely stories, and absolutely loved the presenters as always. And the butterfly, mammal stump and grass snake cams were bloomin' marvelous. But above all, well done for battling against the weather. I really wasn't sure we'd get a programme at all on Monday, but you did us all proud and kept calm and carried on!

    Well done and thank you, and I look forward to seeing Autumnwatch later in the year!

  • Comment number 78.

    Springwatch was yet again a great programme and well done for overcoming the flooding to get back up and working. However, why so few Springwatch Unsprungs? It is fascinating to see nature live but with a limited time programme it can be a non event. The Unsprung programme is packed with interesting topics and information, things to involve the audience and a great way to get facts and opinions from the experts.

    So why not change the balance of programming so that the live events are part of the programme but there is a lot more detail and interaction like in unsprung, about how wildlife and nature works.

    Agree with a previous comment about knowledgeable presenters as this really adds to the enjoyment, sorry Kate Humble just was completely wrong for the programme. Also use the wildlife Cameramen/women more as their passion and knowledge of their subject shines through everytime.

    Good stuff looking forward to Autumn Watch

  • Comment number 79.

    Although i've still got the final 3 shows to watch i've thoroughly enjoyed the series. Its been heartbreaking at times but thats nature, there were plenty of high moments too. I thought the Peregrine & Kingfisher stories were fantastic too.

    I'd like to see springwatch move to a new location next year though, 2 fantastic years at Ynys Hir but its always nice to see new and different habitats. It also helps out the other reserves too and will help them pull in more visitors. I must admit I kind of missed a second location, the one with the rubbish tip was great to show two totally different habitats. Presenters as always were fabulous, they really bounce off each other and all provide great in depth knowledge which really makes the programme and there were plenty of graphs too! Well done to all concerned.

  • Comment number 80.

    I can really fault the series. I thought it was fab!
    Shame about the lack of UNSPRUNGs and it would have been nice to have had a Friday show, even if it was for 30 minutes.


  • Comment number 81.

    P.S. It would nice if you got MIKE DILGER doing a few things too.

  • Comment number 82.

    Well done to presenters, and behind the scenes teams. You've had yet another successful three week run. I have really enjoyed the programme this year - great balance between the presenters. I think Michaela has quite clearly shown that all her detractors of last year were clueless about her abilities. She has settled in so well, and has hit her stride.

    On a lighter note:
    I think Martin's hair this year has disappointed many of the Shed-sisters but hopefully no trip to the barbers between now and Summerwatch and they'll be back on Full Purring Form. ;)

    Messageboard and lack of Unsprung has probably been due to cutbacks - I hope these are both reinstated for AW.

    Personally during the three weeks that SW runs, I loose so many hours over the webcams - but glad the sandpiper managed to hatch all their chicks.

    More of the same for AW...

  • Comment number 83.

    Springwatch has been absolutely fantastic and I've enjoyed every minute. But please bring back the daily unsprungs and it would be great to have a Friday show.

  • Comment number 84.

    Another great series but I really missed Unsprung which was so relaxed and casual, it was almost my favourite part. Please bring it back for future series.

    Not sure about the relevance of the short piece with Chris & Martin looking for fossils.

  • Comment number 85.

    An improvement on Autumnwatch, but the presenters are still a bit of a 'curate's egg'. Chris struggles to find a balance between geek and fool, but at least the 'Science Geek' and the poodles have been consigned to the bin along with the thigh rubbing.
    Michaela isn't bad when she plays it straight, but the commentary on the squirrel fight wasn't worthy of CBeebies and she does veer that way from time to time.
    Martin is just a love struck spaniel pup following Chris around and has even started repeating the ends of his sentences. He should be put back behind the scenes where he belongs forthwith.
    Iolo was a breath of fresh air despite a slight tendency to over enthuse and his travels made a good change from the static 2nd locations of the past.

    The film work on the other hand was as outstanding as ever, even without Gordon Buchanan and John Aitcheson, a bit more of that and a little less live action would improve the balance.

    Didn't watch 'Unsprung', it seemed unnecessary and childish and if it is to continue should return to the website or the red button. I want television to inform and entertain me, not rely on me to supply its content.

  • Comment number 86.

    Like a lot of people,I really missed the Messageboard.Somehow it gave the feeling of 'belonging' Questions,whether 'geeky' or novice-based were usually answered without being made to feel stupid.Surely BBC cutbacks could be made elsewhere(how about the 'can't cook,won't do housework,decorate my home and do my gardening,whilst I go out to sing and dance' programmes).The shows were brilliant,best ever this year,with a lovely range of presenters.It's fantastic to see nature that is not always so abundant in gardens anymore-there is no sadder sight than a clear blue sky devoid of birds.Please update about the birds still nesting-the shutting of the webcams have left us in suspense.

  • Comment number 87.

    A brilliant mix of topics, live stories and beautiful set-piece films exploring the passions of all the professionals involved in this group effort. LOVED the piece on fossil-hunting! And did enjoy trying to figure out what Chris was sporting on his t-shirts, when the weather allowed. But did miss the Unsprung feature... bring that back next time please!

  • Comment number 88.

    Since showing the live webcams to my year 7 and 8 students in class I am aware that several of them (not having heard of Springwatch before) are now avid viewers and have been watching the webcams in their bedrooms at night! They are often hard to inspire and lacking in focus so that's a real acheivement Springwatch -thankyou! We have now become inspired to do some creative writing tasks on the various animals and events!

  • Comment number 89.

    Thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring show, my family and I really enjoyed every minute of it. Fantastic presenters too! More Unsprung next time please!

  • Comment number 90.

    I can't believe it's over for another year! Where does the time go? I have loved every heartwarming, heartbreaking, inspirational, educational, entertaining, midge infested moment. Please come back soon!

  • Comment number 91.

    Can't believe it's ver already absolutely guted can't wait for summer watch and other thanks for the experience you give yet again learn so much

  • Comment number 92.

    I really enjoyed this years series, though Chris was a bit annoying at times. But on the whole a wonderful series.

  • Comment number 93.

    As ever cannot believe it's all over for another Spring. Always glued to the program. Loved coverage of all aspects, and found the supplements by other presenters great. This year found that each program was less boistrous and much more sensible, informative yet still entertaining. Michaela (sp) was a pleasure to watch and listen to. Martin as ever, a lovely character and easier to watch without the hair flicking ;-) Chris as ever very informative. Only negative for me was the poetry - felt somewhat unnecessary - but that's just me probably and very very picky. VERY MUCH MISSED unsprung as this is often the opportunity to get other birds/animals into the studio. Thank you BBC.

  • Comment number 94.

    Congratulations on one of the best Springwatch programmes I have seen for a few years. very compact and full info as well as great photography. I didn't miss having a second location - really enjoyed looking at the birds for longer in one location. Particularly enjoyed seeing the Peregrines and the otters. I thought Charlie and Iolo were brilliant too ! Great to see nature as it really is, sometimes sad, sometimes joyful. Very well done, everyone !!

  • Comment number 95.

    We have really enjoyed this year's Springwatch. It has been the best for several years. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work- especially those people who had all the drying out and re-setting up after the storm. Roll on Autumnwatch- as long as the level information and teaching is maintained - the presenting team have got it just right, including Iolo and Charlie. Thanks and well done.

  • Comment number 96.

    I loved Springwatch as usual. I was most excited to hear that there is going to be a summer watch. As a family, over the past couple of years we have become more and more passionate about British Wildlife. There are many programmes about African animals and from all over the world but you beat British Wildlife. Why is there not a tv channel totally devoted to British Wildlife. Come on springwatch team, work your magic and get this started.

  • Comment number 97.

    Absolutely brilliant series this year! Chris, Martin and Michaela make a fantastic team! Only wish there could have been more Unsprungs but the ones there were were the best yet; nice to have more viewers' questions/photos/videos.

  • Comment number 98.

    Warty 77, Yes, that is one thing that annoys me and I have mentioned it before. Questions answered from Facebook and twitter, but none from the blog. But then, when I answer one, I rarely get a reply of thanks.

  • Comment number 99.

    This was the best Springwatch I have ever seen. I loved the format of live coverage, recent footage, short films and the details of how different filming works. It all came together brilliantly. My only criticism is for the Unsprung about the dresses and fashion, really boring and really quite uninformative. This programme made the BBC Earthwatch Live programme look inane, really knowledgable presenters who know how to inform, educate and entertain instead of just "faces". A good balance of birds, mammals, insects and sealife, covering not just the cute and cuddly!

  • Comment number 100.

    Thanks team for a realy great springwatch, the best ever!
    The programe flowed well, and the presenters just jelled together, no stilted speach, just a relaxed and pleasent camorradory, making watching a joy. Not to mention the nail bitting, and egde of seat drama unfolding daily. Great stuff! See you in the summer and autumnwatch too, same team I hope.


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