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Old Saturday 29th April 2017, 21:19   #1
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Does anyone know when the new Springwatch venue will be announced?

With the new series of Springwatch starting at the end of May, does anyone know when the venue will be announced by the BBC? I though that the BBC would have announced the new venue by now!
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Old Saturday 29th April 2017, 21:23   #2
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To be announced on Thursday as per the Springwatch Facebook page
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Old Saturday 29th April 2017, 21:33   #3
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To be announced on Thursday as per the Springwatch Facebook page
Thank for that. Getting excited about where the new venue will be.
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Old Sunday 30th April 2017, 12:08   #4
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The fact they've kept it so close to their chests so close to when it normally goes on air, makes we wonder if it's not going to be at one of the big well known reserves but somewhere a bit more left-field.
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It would be nice, if this years Springwatch wasn't located at a reserve owned by one of the big conservation organisations, but from one of the county wildlife trusts etc and maybe like you said not a well known location.
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After their unexpected appearance in Japan I'm wondering if its Mai Po.

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Got to love those wee green birds with white eye ring against a blossom-pink background. But then I do love green!

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Old Thursday 4th May 2017, 11:02   #8
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The answer is: The National Trust's Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...watch-new-home

BTW: that's breaking news. The press release has gone out ahead of the official announcement (12:10 according to the facebook page)

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The answer is: The National Trust's Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...watch-new-home

BTW: that's breaking news. The press release has gone out ahead of the official announcement (12:10 according to the facebook page)
I don't know anything about the National Trust's Sherborne Park Estate, despite being a member of the National Trust or what it's like for birds and other wildlife. I have had a look about that Estate on the National Trust website. Anyone know anything about the wildlife for that estate.
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Old Thursday 4th May 2017, 12:22   #10
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I see Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch are all coming from the same location now, to monitor the changing seasons. That sounds like a good idea to me. Hopefully it is a good location, although alarm bells are ringing for me with the mention of the 'historic deer park'.

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Based on the descriptions in that press release, I think it's going to be a look at 'typical english countryside' (or rather 'this is what typical english countryside could be like if better managed') compared to the specialised landscape and star species of Minsmere and co.
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Don't think this is likely to obstruct my wildlife watching during the period at all.

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Is it me or does anyone else feel the same as me, as I'm not really looking forward to this new Springwatch destination as I have with Venues in the past. I just feel there isn't as much wildlife interest at this new venue to keep me watching Springwatch for 3 weeks and I don't feel as excited as usual as from previous venues. Maybe it's because I don't know as much about this National Trust Estate as I have with past Springwatch venues.
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I think it's natural not to be as automatically excited about you're not familar with as places you are. But I've never failed to enjoy the majority of previous series so I think I'll give them the benefit of the doubt...

I do wonder, if based on the press release, if there's going to be a lot of focus on non-avian subjects - I suspect heresy for a lot of you but I won't be complaining!
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The most interesting thing about this estate is that it has extensive water meadows that have been restored to working order with someone controlling the sluices etc. The flora will probably be effected if the wartime experience at Chicklade is repeated. It may also illustrate water management with regard to water cleanliness and flood risk
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Looks like Martin is still a presenter there was a picture on Twitter with the four of them the forth was that other woman I forgot her name who did a few films on Winterwatch.
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Looks like Martin is still a presenter there was a picture on Twitter with the four of them the forth was that other woman I forgot her name who did a few films on Winterwatch.
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He's called himself a roving reporter on Twitter so I think they've still cut back to just two main presenters.
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Maybe they have to be fair in the sense they are not just using RSPB Reserves. I think they should broadcast from a Wildlife Trust reserve too.
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Maybe they have to be fair in the sense they are not just using RSPB Reserves. I think they should broadcast from a Wildlife Trust reserve too.
It would have been nice to see Springwatch this year come from a Wildlife Trust reserve and also further north in the UK such as Northern England, Scotland or Northern Ireland as there are just as good wildlife areas in the North as well as Southern areas. I know they have been to Scotland for Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. But Springwatch is the main series as it lasts for 3 weeks and it would have been nice from somewhere further North.
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It would have been nice to see Springwatch this year come from a Wildlife Trust reserve and also further north in the UK such as Northern England, Scotland or Northern Ireland as there are just as good wildlife areas in the North as well as Southern areas. I know they have been to Scotland for Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. But Springwatch is the main series as it lasts for 3 weeks and it would have been nice from somewhere further North.
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Totally agree, a Highland location would've been better, somewhere with a bit more wildlife.
Not convinced the National Trust are always such great custodians of the countryside either, as you live in the NE you'll be aware of the developments at Gibside Estate, which I don't think do much for landscape or wildlife. I enjoy going to Wallington and Cragside on occasion, but do so on a NT for Scotland membership card, as I don't want to contribute to the building of massive car parks in the countryside.
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The answer is: The National Trust's Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...watch-new-home

BTW: that's breaking news. The press release has gone out ahead of the official announcement (12:10 according to the facebook page)

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For the first time ever, I feel no excitement for a Springwatch, Autumnwatch or Winterwatch series, at this new venue of the National Trusts Sherbourne Estate. I don't know why I feel like that. It maybe because I don't know much about this Estate. But in the past I've always felt excited about a new venue, but not this time.
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