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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 10:12   #51
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I think we have been too critical about Gillian and her style. I think her style has shown signs of improvement as evidenced from her report from Fairburn Ings. I am confident that she will continue to develop and improve her style, just as the rest of the team have. Each presenter brings their own qualities to the programme. Spring watch presents a difficult challenge because it has to appeal to a wide audience.
Oh dear - I don't want her to stick around long enough to develop and improve - just want rid!
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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 18:19   #52
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Oh dear - I don't want her to stick around long enough to develop and improve - just want rid!
Its about time you lot stopped slagging her off. I see nothing wrong with her presentation style and if you can do any better then give it a ago. She is though perhaps a bit brighter than those who constantly abuse her.
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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 19:26   #53
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Its about time you lot stopped slagging her off. I see nothing wrong with her presentation style and if you can do any better then give it a ago. She is though perhaps a bit brighter than those who constantly abuse her.
I don't see why, she isn't any good as a presenter and on screen is not the place to develop and improve: presenters particularly on flagship programmes trying to make an impact on an increasingly short attention-spanned x-box generation have to hit the ground running at top speed without stumbling.

She needs to be replaced by someone with some talent for the job, whatever her academic credentials are. If there must be diversity box-ticking then maybe they could get David Lindo, provided his obsession with urban environments can be kept in check. He can present all right.

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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 19:53   #54
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I don't see why, she isn't any good as a presenter
Give her a break for gods sake. I think the problem some of you have is with how bright she is.
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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 19:55   #55
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Give her a break for gods sake. I think the problem some of you have is with how bright she is.
I do agree with those above as she is hopeless as a wildlife presentor. Sooner they get someone else whos more professional the better.
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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 20:10   #56
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She's certainly not bad enough to make 100% of all Springwatch discussions each series about nothing but whether or not she is a bad presenter.

Either you like her or you don't so can we park all discussion about her merits and talk about more interesting elements if Springwatch?
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I think this series is as good as it usually is, the only disappointing thing for me is there's no Unsprung this year.

Oh and I think GB is improving (slightly) and certainly doesn't ruin the programme for me, she's only on screen for about five minutes.
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Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 00:46   #58
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In ep02, the opening discussion on the Marsh Tit nest made reference to the bird controlling the number of eggs laid based upon cross section area of the hole they're nesting in. Chris went on to say, they reduce the number of eggs to prevent the cavity from getting overcrowded with the young.

My question is, does this behavior replicate across other cavity nesting species or is this specific only to the Marsh Tit?

I have in mind my nesting Bewick's Wrens. I'm hoping I solved the mystery why their first clutch only had 3 chicks; their chosen box was to small..??
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Its about time you lot stopped slagging her off. I see nothing wrong with her presentation style and if you can do any better then give it a ago. She is though perhaps a bit brighter than those who constantly abuse her.
Whatever!!
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Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 07:38   #60
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Give her a break for gods sake. I think the problem some of you have is with how bright she is.
If she's as bright as you think she is, she would have stopped waving her arms about before now! Someone must have advised her by this time, surely....
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No end of presenters do this. The worst are those that are holding something that they want you to look at and the camera homes in on it..... up, down, up, down.... you never see it.

Hand gestures for emphasis, are nothing - everybody does it, though I admit some more than others. Don't think it's anything to get wound up about.
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Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 09:47   #62
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If she's as bright as you think she is, she would have stopped waving her arms about before now! Someone must have advised her by this time, surely....
Then watch Sir David Attenborough Sandra. It doesn’t bother me but if it troubles viewers then they have a big problem.
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on another note: Chris Packham seems to be using a pair of Kowa SV's this year.

Thought it could have something to do with this article:
https://theecologist.org/2018/feb/14...linked-hunting

But Canon is not on the list (http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/comme...gwildlife.aspx) so, maybe just a coincidence.
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Never mind Gillian & her presenting style, it's whoever came up with "Lord of the Wings" that needs getting rid of :-)
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Never mind Gillian & her presenting style, it's whoever came up with "Lord of the Wings" that needs getting rid of :-)
Well said,Richard.
I'm sure they could have came up with something better to highlight our two species of Eagles.
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Glad I'm not the only one who didn't like the eagle segment!

I found the first few episodes off somehow but it's definitely picked up with some interesting content as it's progressed. However the lack of regular hour-long shows on red-button, lack of unsprung and what feels like less updates on their live blog means it all feels less like a three week long event.
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Just managed to watch up to half of Episode 4. The series is better than expected. Quite a good one. That said all the best bits are not from the base location. In Episode 1 after Michaela explains the difference between Marsh and Willow Tit she manages to mix the names up.

Love the fact that they visited the Gower and got footage of Dartford Warblers there. I am not show I agreed with their any how late spring analysis was when they had a Swallow in January 2017 which could have over wintered rather than be a very early migrant.
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They seem to have acquired a surfeit of presenters at the moment. I am not sure what the collective noun is for Springwatch presenters a Gesticulation perhaps?

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They seem to have acquired a surfeit of presenters at the moment. I am not sure what the collective noun is for Springwatch presenters a Gesticulation perhaps?

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I'd suggest an Infantilisation.

I find it unwatchable.
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I like Chris. Change the other presenters!!
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I just wish CP would keep his hands off the co presenter's badger.

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I think they should all go and bring back Martin, team him up with yollo and Steve backshaw, maybe a guest presenter and bring kate back.
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I think they should all go and bring back Martin, team him up with yollo and Steve backshaw, maybe a guest presenter and bring kate back.
Not Kate- far too preachy!
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Old Thursday 14th June 2018, 11:11   #74
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Not everyone will be happy whoever the presenters are.

Next series...

Main presenters; Chris P and Lindsay Chapman
Roving reporter; Lolo Williams
Pre-recorded items; Gillian or others

Although I have a feeling there might be bigger changes...
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It was announced at the end of this evenings Springwatch, that Autumnwatch this year will be different with the venue not being in the UK. Autumnwatch 2018 will be in New England. Is that in the USA or Canada? I’m unsure how i feel about that destination. It was also mentioned earlier today on the live webcams, that Springwatch 2019 will be at a new destination.
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