For three weeks, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games followed stories of survival in spring, a critical time for wildlife. As well as capturing the action on live cameras, the series revealed the beauty and drama of this exciting season.
This year Springwatch brought us the unfolding drama in the world of animals. Covering the lives of animal families in real time, with specialist cameras and new technology to reveal every angle. Plus reports on the strange spring of 2013, and the wildlife issues making the headlines: Some plants were delayed by up to four weeks; migrants like swallows and cuckoos arrived late; and some animals, like hedgehogs and barn owls, struggled with a lack of food. Springwatch looked at the impact this remarkable spring has had on wildlife across the UK. Springwatch brought us a celebration of the beauty of the UK’s wild places from the stunning Welsh hills, to wild and rugged Lundy Island, and the spectacle of an English orchard in bloom. New science and new behaviour - Springwatch looked at the fascinating behaviour of animals from dolphins hunting salmon in Aberdeen harbour to plunge-diving gannets in ultra-slow motion, and the extraordinary story of long-tailed tits, where relatives come together to raise one nest of chicks. And this year the programme gave us a chance to meet the UK’s wildlife experts and amateur naturalists, including a man who has captured astonishing moments in the lives of secretive wild boar and a woman who has helped unravel the science of how bumblebees pollinate flowers by sensing electrical fields.
Our involvement with Springwatch isn't just about the three weeks that it appears on our screens. We're there too working to support the production for months beforehand as the pre-production work gets underway and the films that you see are being shot and edited. Over the weeks we add to the facilities and then comes a busy weekend for us when we move the whole post production facility to Ynys Hir. Everything has to be back up and working by Monday morning on location ready for the team to carry on where they left off in base on Friday night.
On location, the editing equipment is fully integrated into the Outside Broadcast EVS network to make for a powerful and slick location post production facility. This in turn, we'd like to think, reflects in an interesting and polished programme for viewers to enjoy.