I hope you enjoyed the summer issue of Nature’s Home, including our feature on the “Springwatch Effect” with the stars of the show from Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan to Bill Oddie and Mike Dilger sharing their favourite moments, along with some of the RSPB staff members who have also featured on screen.
I always enjoy bringing you the latest news in Nature’s Home, but there was one piece of news that I couldn’t in this issue because of the all important press embargo on the announcement that Springwatch will be coming from our Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk from 26 May.
You can be pretty sure that bitterns, marsh harriers and avocets will feature, but look out for mysterious ant-lions that make their pits in the reserve’s sandy areas. I’ve seen the pits before, but not the lions!
Springwatch always inspires me to get out a bit more and enjoy my local wildlife and in 2012, I blogged about my badgers that kept me entertained after the show had finished each night. They’re back again this summer, taking a while to settle into the routine of coming to the food I put out for them – but one in particular has rapidly lost her inhibitions and is tucking in happily for long periods.
My blue tits are currently going mad for RSPB coconut treats (photo by Chris Gomershall rspb-images.com)
It’s actually the birds rather than the badgers that are taking centre stage at the moment. I have never had so many visiting at this time of year before and they are getting through the food I put out at an incredible rate. I’m hoping this is because they have hungry mouths to feed, but I’m also sure it is because the work we’ve been doing in the garden to give nature a home has come to fruition with trees and shrubs maturing, a good mix of flowers now established, several log piles and the pond looking good.
If the Springwatch team cam to my garden, it would be our pair of swallows, currently engaging in lots of agile courtship flights with the longer-tailed male powering through the garden twittering loudly to show off, the beautifully glossy starlings that descend on my buggy nibbles and those classic Springwatch stars, blue tits, feeding young in one of my nestboxes. They hatched over the weekend, so it’s all go with both parents gathering and bringing in food at a rapid rate. It’s a nice distraction to watch them coming and going while doing the washing up.
I’ll be blogging regularly during the show and I hope you’ll let us know your favourite Springwatch memories from shows past – and from the next few weeks. Please e-mail email@example.com .uk or leave your story below by posting a comment. Thanks – enjoy the show!