Springwatch

Springwatch and Autumnwatch are paired annual BBC television series which chart the fortunes of British wildlife during the changing of the seasons in the United Kingdom. The programmes are broadcast live from locations around the country in a primetime evening slot on BBC Two and BBC HD. They require a crew of 100 and over 50 cameras, making them the BBC's largest British outside broadcast events. Many of the cameras are hidden and operated remotely to record natural behaviour, for example, of birds in their nests and badgers outside their set.

Springwatch begins on the Whitsun bank holiday and is broadcast four nights each week for three weeks. After the success of the first Springwatch in 2005, the BBC commissioned a one-off special, Autumnwatch, which became a full series in 2006. The Springwatch brand has expanded to incorporate further TV spin-offs and specials, and also has a strong online presence. The BBC Springwatch website offers further video content and allows viewers and programme makers to interact through a message board, Flickr photography group, blogs and the @BBCSpringwatch and @BBCAutumnwatch Twitter accounts.

The executive producer of Springwatch and Autumnwatch is Tim Scoones and the score was composed by David Poore. It is made by the BBC Natural History Unit, but was originally commissioned by BBC Learning with the aim of getting viewers to actively participate in wildlife conservation.

From 2005 until 2008, the regular presenters were Bill Oddie, Kate Humble and Simon King. Oddie left after the 2008 programmes (he made a guest appearance in the penultimate episode of the 2010 series) and was replaced by Chris Packham. Martin Hughes-Games, formerly a Springwatch producer, also joined the team. In early September 2010, King announced he was leaving the presenting team to pursue other projects. Humble was not involved in Autumnwatch 2011 and in March 2012 she announced that she was leaving the team to pursue other projects.

Other regular contributors include cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan and sound recordist Chris Watson, who has occasionally appeared on-screen to describe his working methods.

Read more about Springwatch:  Forerunners, Surveys and Campaigns, Presenters, Book, Music, Awards and Nominations

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