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Springwatch 2022 (2 Viewers)

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
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Just heard Springwatch will be returning on 30th May.
Chris and Michaela will be at Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk, with cameras and stories highlighting the diversity of wildlife in the area. Uniquely for this season, remote live cameras will be rigged on a bee colony, offering special insight into their society and hierarchy too.

Megan McCubbin will take viewers on a spring road trip across the North of England, travelling from wild Kielder Forest, to Hauxley Nature Reserve and then concluding her journey in Newcastle.

Finally, Iolo Williams is returning to one of his favourite wildlife havens of all time, the Isle of Mull, which is home to 22 pairs of white-tailed eagles and 30 golden eagle territories, as well as a wide range of marine life. Iolo will also immerse himself in the beauty of a wild meadow, meeting the invertebrates and small mammals that reside in it, and meet a local adder expert who has been collecting data on these snakes for more than a decade.
 

Himalaya

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I love Wild Ken Hill but enough of East Anglia!

Surely there must be somewhere else in SW England, the Midlands, North England, Scotland, Wales that could accommodate Springwatch?
 

Farnboro John

Well-known member
I think they should go European or go home: let's have Gibraltar storks and raptors, Biscay cetaceans, Fenno-Scandian mammal predators, Striped Hawk-moths and Vagrant Emperors, migrant bats and so on, along with the Northward greening of the continent.

Then hit the audience with ambelopoulia, Malta shooting, intensivisation of farming on traditional wildlife havens, wolf culling and so on.

If not, then the rule for the next series should be: not one species we've featured previously.

John
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
I think Iolo should go somewhere else other than Mull. How many more times do we need to see White Tailed Eagles? What about The Outer Hebrides or something
 

delia todd

If I said the wrong thing it was a Senior Moment
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Opus Editor
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Scotland
Thanks Euan - recordings set. I like to keep them for a bit to re-watch later too.
 

Farnboro John

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Well that was a mixed bag. Far too much repeat explanation of how they do stuff rather than the wildlife. Also far too much of the metaphysical benefit rubbish: show people what is out there and they will either discover the spiritual aspects for themselves or they won't, I'm now fed up with it being rammed down our throats.

That said there was some great stuff: best thing on the programme was the Osmia bicolor film. More like that please.

I liked the macro photographer too, but hated the briefness of the report and the almost subliminal glimpses given of his work. More prominence and more time to this segment would have been excellent (and leave his family out, concentrate on his excellence and fire up the audience with that rather than giving the broody a chance to coo over little humans.)

As for Iolo, I'm sorry but what a waste sending him to Mull, nothing but repeat after repeat after repeat of stuff we've all seen a million times. Otters, eagles, Hen Harriers, Greylags..... come on. Mull has loads of other stuff. Show us some Corncrakes or breeding Redpolls or anything really!

I'm really feeling Springwatch has run its course and it's time for the next big thing.

John
 

Mono

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Europe
Best thing about today's show was that I watching it at my mother-in-law's. The TV is next to a window with an overgrown hedge behind. Caught some movement out of the corner of my eye whilst watching Springwatch and saw a Garden Warbler, watched a bit more and it was clearly going in and out to a nest.
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
Good to have it back I enjoyed the Osprey footage but yeah a lot we have seen before from Iolo same stuff in Mull and I don’t know how many times I hard ‘It’s not just birds’ I would rather see more bird species not seen in the show.
 

Himalaya

Well-known member
Well that was a mixed bag. Far too much repeat explanation of how they do stuff rather than the wildlife. Also far too much of the metaphysical benefit rubbish: show people what is out there and they will either discover the spiritual aspects for themselves or they won't, I'm now fed up with it being rammed down our throats.

That said there was some great stuff: best thing on the programme was the Osmia bicolor film. More like that please.

I liked the macro photographer too, but hated the briefness of the report and the almost subliminal glimpses given of his work. More prominence and more time to this segment would have been excellent (and leave his family out, concentrate on his excellence and fire up the audience with that rather than giving the broody a chance to coo over little humans.)

As for Iolo, I'm sorry but what a waste sending him to Mull, nothing but repeat after repeat after repeat of stuff we've all seen a million times. Otters, eagles, Hen Harriers, Greylags..... come on. Mull has loads of other stuff. Show us some Corncrakes or breeding Redpolls or anything really!

I'm really feeling Springwatch has run its course and it's time for the next big thing.

John


I really like the Osmia bicolor segement and it was one of the most interesting things I have ever seen on the whole series. I was really impressed by that.

The macro photographer was amazing - something completely different - especially the way they covered it.

Mull is overdone - Wouldn't Shetland have been better?

I am glad they are visiting the North East as i went there last year for the first time.
 

JTweedie

Well-known member
I really like the Osmia bicolor segement and it was one of the most interesting things I have ever seen on the whole series. I was really impressed by that.

The macro photographer was amazing - something completely different - especially the way they covered it.
It says a lot that many of the segments that are getting the most positive responses are those featuring animals rarely, if ever, shown on the programme. See also tonight's segment on the woodlouse where we saw some fabulous photography as well as their predator, a spider.
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
Tonight was slightly better I did enjoy the woodlice film (still remember calling them slaters as a kid) and the film on The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
 

Farnboro John

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The second programme was really good and I enjoyed it: I was astonished when the "mindfulness" segment came up because I couldn't believe the hour was up! Looking forward to today's effort.

John
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
Wasn’t mad keen on seeing the footage of the hedgehog eating the Skylark chicks, it didn’t need to be shown that long.
 

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