Archives for May 2010

Nature UK blog and website now live

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 14:18 PM, Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A quick post to let you know that the new Nature UK blog and website are now up and running. We won't be posting here any more (but you can still comment for a bit longer) so please make sure you follow us on the new one. We're pretty excited about the new possibilities it will bring. Hope you are too!

Announcing the new Nature UK blog

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 15:48 PM, Friday, 14 May 2010

Exciting news... next week the Springwatch/Autumnwatch team, in conjunction with our friends and colleagues in the BBC Natural History Unit, will be launching Nature UK, a brand new blog and website for UK nature lovers that will run all year round.

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Springwatch team's early May Flickr favourites

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 11:43 AM, Thursday, 13 May 2010

Just a few weeks to go until the live show and your pictures are really flooding in to the Springwatch Flickr group! Now that we're gearing up for the Springwatch Photo Club it's more important than ever that you share your spectacular signs of spring with us, so that we can put together the strongest and most sensational show of your work.

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Springwatch Unsprung and two new shows on Red Button

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 10:49 AM, Thursday, 13 May 2010

Unsprung is back!

Now with its own slot on BBC2, for half an hour every Friday night during Springwatch, Martin will host the weekly edition of our audience-led show. He'll be discussing the week's biggest events and talking points, tackling your questions, following your debates, and of course, keeping us on our toes with special guests and mystery items.

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Chris celebrates all things geeky for Springwatch 2010

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 10:41 AM, Thursday, 13 May 2010

Chris will be out and about meeting pioneering scientists and members of the public who have had amazing revelations about our animals, all thanks to their passion and persistence with the natural world. Bringing science to you through clear and simple geek speak!

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New missions for Gordon

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 10:38 AM, Thursday, 13 May 2010

After his amazing success finding and filming killer whales in the North Sea during Autumnwatch, intrepid wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan is on the road again for Springwatch 2010.

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Martin Hughes-Games meets the audience

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 14:16 PM, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

With so many great anecdotes and stories coming into the Springwatch office direct from our viewers, Martin will be following up on some of these leads and travelling around the country to meet the audience and share your wildlife experiences first hand.

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Simon King heads to Dorset on an exploration of Britain's diverse habitats

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 10:52 AM, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

In this, the International Year of Biodiversity, Simon will be based in Britain's secret and sunny wilderness where he'll be using his incredible field craft skills and hi-tech equipment to share the treasures of this amazingly wildlife-rich region.

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Chris and Kate in the wilds of Norfolk

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 10:42 AM, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Chris and Kate will be on hand to monitor our daily animal dramas as they unfold at our North Norfolk wildlife hotspot.

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Springwatch 2010 starts here...

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 11:13 AM, Monday, 10 May 2010

Springwatch is back! Once again, we'll be celebrating the best of the UK's wildlife, bringing you all the news, views and action from across the country live, and as it happens. And we're hoping you'll join in and get involved as in previous years - your input makes the Springwatch season all the more special and rewarding for us.

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Springwatch Pub Quiz

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 10:26 AM, Monday, 10 May 2010

Fill up your glasses, put on your thinking caps, and settle down for the unique Springwatch Pub Quiz! There's nothing else like it on TV...

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Springwatch Photo Club

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 09:53 AM, Monday, 10 May 2010

There are a couple of rather exciting additions to Springwatch this year and I'm particularly pleased about Springwatch Photo Club. You may remember I've always felt we don't devote enough time to the amazing photographs you post on our Flickr group. The new Photo Club will go some way to addressing this.

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Springwatch ladybird quiz

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 13:39 PM, Thursday, 6 May 2010

To get you in the ladybird spotting frame of mind, Dr Helen Roy from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Peter Brown from the Anglia Ruskin University have helped us put together a ladybird quiz. Let's see how much you know about this dappled garden visitor.

You can find the ladybird quiz answers on the new Nature UK blog. Good luck!

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Have you seen any ladybirds?

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 14:45 PM, Wednesday, 5 May 2010

If like us, you blinked and the last two weeks have become a distant memory you will be forgiven for not noticing the sleepy emergence of one of our most loved garden insects. What started off as a few singular office sightings has now developed into a spot-spotting frenzy. Ladybirds are everywhere.

But our native ladybirds are under threat , with sightings of the five-spot becoming rarer and rarer. This is partly due to the arrival in the UK of the invasive harlequin ladybird. Originally from Asia, the harlequin arrived on our shores in 2004 from mainland Europe where it's routinely used in agriculture to control aphid populations. Unfortunately for our native ladybirds the harlequin is a more generalised feeder and is able to reproduce continuously throughout spring, summer and autumn, allowing its populations to grow steadily in size.

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