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Monday 27 May 2024

Springwatch 2024 Returns: A Spectacular Season Unveiled

Springwatch 2024

Image: BBC Studios

By Jon Donnis
Springwatch is back, more thrilling and expansive than ever before. The main hub for this year's exploration is RSPB Arne in Dorset, where the programme will revisit the captivating stories and wildlife characters from the dramatic 2023 season. Additionally, viewers can look forward to journeys across Dorset's varied landscapes and a special road trip uncovering the natural wonders of the Isle of Bute, Loch Lomond, and Glasgow.

The mission of Springwatch remains steadfast: to inspire, engage, and captivate audiences, inviting them to immerse themselves in the beauty and drama of this season's wildlife as it unfolds.

Springwatch 2024 will air on iPlayer and BBC Two from Monday, 27 May, featuring three weeks of live programming. The presenters will serve as the audience's eyes and ears, bringing live updates from diverse locations and capturing the real-time dramas of the natural world.

Broadcast Schedule:

Monday, 27 May – Wednesday, 29 May: 8pm
Friday, 31 May: 7.30pm
Monday, 3 June – Thursday, 6 June: 8pm
Monday, 10 June – Thursday, 13 June: 8pm

Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation, reacting to topics and questions as they come in, with no limits on the wildlife discussions.

This year's overarching theme, "Little Things Make A Big Difference," underscores the idea that even small actions can collectively have a significant impact on wildlife conservation. The programme will feature a new array of live nest cameras at the springtime locations, providing fresh stories and characters for the audience. Pre-recorded films will capture various wildlife happenings across the UK, not shying away from addressing the pressing challenges facing our natural world.

In an exciting new addition, Springwatch will offer behind-the-scenes glimpses, showing viewers the careful processes involved in creating the series without disturbing the wildlife.

Main Locations and Presenters:
Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will be stationed at the RSPB Arne reserve in Dorset. This site is teeming with life during spring, from rare breeding birds to specialised heathland insects and all six native UK reptile species. Set against the picturesque Poole Harbour, Arne offers a rich tapestry of habitats, including ancient oak woodlands, reedbeds, mudflats, and heathlands.

Iolo Williams will explore Dorset's abundant wildlife, from Little Terns nesting on Chesil Beach to Dormice in Garston's ancient woodlands. He will also visit the Portland Bird Observatory and delve into the surprising urban wildlife of Bournemouth. Crossing into Hampshire, Iolo will highlight local farmers' efforts to save the rapidly declining Turtle Dove.

Megan McCubbin will venture to Scotland, starting on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Despite its small size, the island boasts a wealth of wildlife, including seals and hunting Ospreys. Megan will then collaborate with Glasgow University's field research centre to explore the species inhabiting Loch Lomond's temperate rainforest. She will continue to the Argaty Rewilding Estate in Perthshire to witness the impact of reintroduced beavers and observe red kites.

The final week will see Megan uncovering urban wildlife in Glasgow, with cameras focusing on peregrine falcons, water voles, and cutting-edge research in the city.

Springwatch 2024 promises an exhilarating journey through the UK's rich wildlife, highlighting the importance of conservation and the extraordinary stories of nature.

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