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Episode 5

Michaela Strachan and Iolo Williams test a golden eagle against a white-tailed eagle in a Lord of the Wings spectacular. Gillian Burke sees how disused mines have been reclaimed.

It's the second week of Springwatch, and Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham are back to catch up with all the latest news and goings-on from over the weekend.

It's been a frantic few days, the wrens have fledged, the mandarin ducks have hatched and a weasel has been causing havoc in a brand new whitethroat nest.

This week they are joined in Sherborne by Iolo Williams, who immediately sets out to stake out some of the farmland birds on the estate. He has two exclusive new nests - yellowhammer and yellow wagtail - both specialists of arable land, both in serious decline and both Springwatch 'firsts'.

Iolo also joined Michaela in the latest in Springwatch's line of entertainment spoofs - this time pitting a golden eagle against a white-tailed eagle in 'Lord of the Wings'. Expect bad hobbit puns, fancy dress and fascinating facts about these two iconic species.

Gillian Burke has moved south after her Shetland adventure, and is just outside Leeds to see how a series of disused mines have been reclaimed as spaces for nature. Despite the change only happening in the past few years, many rare birds including the black-necked grebe, bittern and spoonbill have already set up home here.

The second film about Richmond Park's wildlife from Japanese filmmaker Yazuru showcases the wildlife of this urban oasis, and there is a look at wildlife artist Robert Gillmor's extraordinary and long-lived career.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 4 Jun 2018 20:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:21

    Howard Shore

    Concerning Hobbits

    Performer: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
  • 00:22

    City of Prague Philharmonic / Crouch End Festival Chorus / Raine

    The Bridge of Khazad Dum

  • 00:24

    City of Prague Philharmonic / Raine

    May It Be

  • 00:52

    Tom Walker

    Fly Away With me


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Presenter Michaela Strachan
Presenter Gillian Burke
Presenter Iolo Williams
Producer Jake Senior
Production Manager Wendhy Sierra
Series Producer Chris Howard
Executive Producer Rosemary Edwards


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