It’s been an unprecedented year for all of us, and for the Springwatch team, that meant adapting to new ways of filming and presenting in order to bring us the wildlife programme we so love and cherish. This year, Michaela is finally able to rejoin the presenting team and the programme is aiming to look forwards, with an overarching theme of ‘A Vision for the Future’ as they reveal the wildlife stories of spring.
As usual, there will be plenty of live wildlife cameras on the go, and pre-recorded films featuring nature lovers, cultural stories, species and landscapes from around the UK. And following their previous successes, the Mindful Moments films will return – 90 seconds of beautiful nature to absorb and savour. It’s time to sit back and relax, and enjoy the best spring wildlife our country has to offer.
When is Springwatch on TV?
Springwatch returns to BBC Two at 8pm on Tuesday 25 May and will continue every Tuesday to Friday for three weeks.
Who is presenting Springwatch?
Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams return again to present the show. Michaela was unable to join the team for last year’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, as she lives in South Africa. But after quarantining earlier this spring, she is able to present this year’s show.
Where will Springwatch be visiting?
Chris and Michaela will be based at Wild Ken Hill, a rewilding and regenerative agriculture project in west Norfolk with wetlands, farmland and woodland, and home to some newly introduced beavers.
Gillian will be presenting from WWT Castle Espie, Northern Ireland’s only marine nature reserve, where she’ll be diving into the waters to discover some of the thousands of species there.
Up in the Highlands of Scotland, Iolo will be at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, from where he’ll be reporting on iconic Scottish species, including wildcats, pine martens and mountain hares.
What is the Spring Watchlist?
The Spring Watchlist is a list of signs of spring for Springwatch viewers to look out and share on social media (using the hashtag #SpringWatchlist).
They are split into three categories – easy (such as singing blackbirds and hawthorn blossom), medium (such as orange-tip butterflies and screaming swifts), and hard (such as hedgehogs and oil beetles).
Learn more about identifying spring wildlife:
- How to identify spring bees
- How to identify birds on the move in spring
- How to identify similar-looking spring wildflowers
- How to identify spring hedgerow species
- How to identify river wildlife in spring
Main image: Springwatch presenters. © Jo Charlesworth/BBC