If you enjoyed the dramatic scenery and captivating wildlife of the Cairngorms National Park during Winterwatch earlier this year, now is your chance to revisit the area as it thaws into spring – and, hopefully, track down a few familiar characters.
When is Springwatch on TV?
Springwatch returns to BBC Two at 8pm on Monday 27 May and will continue every Monday to Thursday until Thursday 13 June.
The first week of broadcasts will have a run time of one and a half hours followed by two weeks of hour long shows.
Who is presenting Springwatch?
Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke return again to present the show along with Iolo Wiliams who joined the presenters during Winterwatch earlier this year.
Springwatch presenters: Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke. © Jo Charlesworth/BBC
Which species are being covered in Springwatch?
“We want to see if we can locate the slumbering pine marten who visited one of the boxes we installed over winter,” says executive producer Rosemary Edwards. “Has it found a mate and will it return to our cameras? We’re intrigued to find out.”
Avian icons, such as golden eagles and crested tits are among the species likely to become stars of the show, and we will be following the fortunes of Scottish salmon, too. It’s set to be “a celebration of some of our most charismatic wildlife – those that live on one of the UK’s ultimate wildernesses,” Rosemary enthuses.
The team are hoping to catch this rare Scottish bird during mating season with the help from experts from the RSPB. Fingers crossed we’ll get to see the famous lekking behaviour.
This very elusive animal is Britain’s last remaining native cat species. The team will be following scientists involved in captive breeding programmes aiming to protect them from extinction.
We should also catch up with these iconic Scottish fish as they continue their journeys, we last saw them as they were spawning during Winterwatch earlier this year.
A new initiative on this years show is the inclusion of the fascinating world of invertebrates that can be found in your garden.
Designed in conjunction with the British Trust for Ornithology, and other wildlife partners, it will be encouraging viewers to seek out the myriad ‘mini beast’ invertebrates that dwell on their doorstep. During the programme, viewers will be asked simple questions about their gardens, which will involve going to look for certain creatures then completing an online questionnaire.
“The data collected will give conservationists a specific idea of what is in the nation’s gardens as well as what British households are already doing to help our wildlife,” Rosemary explains.
“Gardens are important because this is where information is most scarce. These private spaces cover more land than all of Britain’s nature reserves combined, and yet very little is known about them.”
Wildlife gardener and bestselling author Kate Bradbury will be appearing in the garden wildlife segments.
“I’m so excited to be sharing my wildlife gardening tips with the Springwatch audience,” she says. “Together our gardens take up more space than all of Britain’s nature reserves. If we all did more for wildlife outside our front and back doors, we would make a huge difference to many wildlife species.”
Read Kate’s guide to making and caring for a bee hotel. Kate will also be featured in the June issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine (on sale from Thursday 6 June) to discuss her new book and the benefits of creating wildlife-friendly spaces.
Main image: Springwatch presenters. © Jo Charlesworth/BBC