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It's all action in the woods, what is going on here?
It's time to reveal the winner of this year's birds nest competition.
Can they beat last year's winners? That was a tough one to beat.
this week we have been joined by our guest naturalist who is down in
Essex. How are you doing today, It is, of course, our oystercatcher,
she's been behaving a little bit strangely and I did hope and wonder
that it may be because - don't shake your head, I can see you - it
may be that her eggs were about to hatch and yesterday she was doing
this, which was really strange. have to admit there was something
going on there. Look at this, Chris, she was picking up little bits of
stone or slate from the wall as if What would she be doing? My mantra
is there's a reason for everything in nature. Nothing is going to
waste any time doing anything, I know you might think it's menial
lifting up a tiny stone, but there's going to be a reason. I
have come up with a theory, it's that she's bored, absolutely bored
senseless. It's the best I can come up with. She's so desperate for her
eggs to hatch that she's taken to picking up pebbles and chucking
them on her back. They place them around the edge of the nest. I
think she's possibly doing that and getting it a little bit wrong.
you might be wrong. They might have hatched. Let's go to her live. They
haven't, though. Sadly. She is sitting firmly on those two eggs.
You did concede that this sort of slightly odd behaviour might be an
indication that they're hearing the pipping of the chicks inside the
eggs. Before they hatch the adult birds can hear the chicks inside
the eggs, an for a few days and we think that we know where they were
laid and that they might hatch at theened of this week or sometime
over the the weekend so you are right, she could be listening to
those, and he, and that's what's leading to this behaviour. Because
they are behaving differently but I am afraid, they didn't come out.
they didn't. One bird we have definitely enjoyed some real
success with and it's been great to watch are our herons, let's go live
to the nest. I know it's an empty nest, but this is bringing me, well,
more joy than Katrina has this evening. This proves is they
fledged successfully. It really does. It's amazing timing because
this is the first time at this time of evening we have gone live to the
heron nest and seen no herons. We have been following them all over
the three weeks we have been on air and when we first met them - they
haven't changed in size much. They were still hunched grumpy looking,
but very much dependent on the adults. Adults coming in and they
were pulling down the bills to feed them. Now it seems they're an
hunting. They're learning to hunt. We have been watching them and you
see them pecking at things all the time. They don't always get it
right. The adults today have been out in front of us and we captured
them on the marsh-cam. A couple of times they were in there
successfully catching eels. The technique is simple. They stand
still. Presumably the fish were slow-moving. They twist them around
and go down head first. youngsters will continue learning
from the adults and how long will it be before they're fully
independent do you think? It can be 80 days. Even then they might hang
around a family group. Eventually the young will disperse and they go
quite a distance away, up to 80 kilometres at least and in any
direction. Sometimes towards the south west although they don't
migrate in this country. Other parts of Europe they migrate.
bird you introduced us to yesterday has also been seen on the reserve
today taking full advantage. Look at this. What made us laugh about
these is that the heron is standing There are two strategies. One is
sit and wait, the other is expend energy, so it has to get more of a
return. You would expect it to catch more fish. Let's go live to
the buzzards. They have been tremendously entertaining. These
two are quite dozy. They have had a great variety of food. These ones
are maturing nicely. I am very confident they will survive. The
younger of the two has got to a size where it is unlikely they will
push out of the nest. There was a lot of bullying earlier on. Now
they seem to have caught up with the bigger ones. They seem to be
doing very well. There was something that a lot all of us that
happened earlier today. Have a This was happening somewhere in the
vicinity of the buzzard nest. The camera is having a pan around to
see if he could spot what is making that is spitting noises and setting
of the crows, which it seemed to upset as well. There is a real
I think that some of the food that the buzzards are not eating, they
picked the bones, they left some of the larger parts, the youngsters,
it could be falling off the nest underneath it. The sound we heard
is undoubtably foxes. They could be fighting over some food and that
might explain the presence of the Crow. Every week we have been very
fortunate to be joined by a guest naturalistic. We have had Charlie
Hamilton James, this week it has been lose. Where is she? We are up
there. If we zoomed out you can see we are in West Wales but if we zoom
back into the south-east, of England, in Essex, weekend Liz is
on that landfill site. We presume you are having a very nice evening?
Very nice. We do get a cacophony of Fox sounds every evening as well
which we are laughing. All week, we have been filming the wildlife
making a living alongside human landscape and down there is part of
the restored land. It dates back to the 1970s, the last time this part
of the site was active. It is also where I had an amazing Fox
encounter and it is where we will try to bring you live foxes on
Springwatch. Let's turn our attention to the active part. We
throw out 57 million tonnes of waste in the UK every year. That is
more than any other EU country. In 2018, we are going to run out of
space in landfill, that is just seven years' time. The government
is working on increasing the amount we recycle so it restricts the
amount of waste that gets to landfill. It is also looking on
more biodegradable waste being put to composting and turning waste
into energy. But we need more solutions and we need them fast.
Ultimately we need to change our attitude. Until drastic changes are
made to our throwaway culture, animals are going to continue to
try to make a living alongside all of our discarded rubbish. Some
species are doing fairly well with that option. We showed yesterday
that wildlife was driving alongside a golf course. What about
brownfield sites? They are interesting because they are made
by man and then we abandon it and then wildlife moods in and does
very well without any help from us whatsoever. Do you remember it says
Henshaw from a couple of nights ago? -- Sarah Henshaw? She loves
brownfield sites. She showed us one I have always been into cultivation
and barks. I have about 1400 species of in vertebrate recorded
on this side which puts it in the top three sides in the whole of the
UK. -- sites. It has been. Britain's rainforest for
invertebrates. When you think about the UK's riches wildlife sites, if
you ask the general public, they may think of ancient woodlands,
meadows, wetlands. They wouldn't necessarily think about places like
this but this is one of the best sites in the whole of the UK. Can
be Wick has an interesting history. Historically it was coastal grazing
marsh and then in the 60s, two meetings of drudging was put in the
site to prepare it for an oil refinery. The oil refinery never
actually happened and in 19 SEP- 23, it was abandoned and it has been
abandoned since then -- and in 1973, it was abandoned. I like brownfield
sites because they are a bit of a diamond in the rough. At first look,
they look messy and untidy but if you look a little bit closer, they
are real special places which wildlife has taken hold of and
I have been working in invertebrate Conservation for two years ago
worked for a wildlife charity. When the first survey of this area was
done in 2000, we found three species which we thought were
extinct and that includes the can be beetle, only found at this site
and no where else. -- can feed The ground is not just good for
invertebrates, it is also good for amphibians and reptiles. For
example, we have basking adders. Common lizards are common all
Brownfield sites don't just support native wildlife. They also support
alien species. It is the wild flowers which are particularly
important for the bumblebee This is an excellent example of
what can happen on a site when The Land Trust, along with the RSPB
and "By Clive" are planning to make this the first brownfield site
reserve in the area. That is not just for the amazing what life but
the people of Canvey Island to win joined appreciate the wildlife on
their doorstep. Brownfield sites, fast becoming a very important
wildlife habitat in this country and proves that nature once again
can be very resilient and adaptable. Let's take a look at some of our
cameras on the restored land. Any foxes? No. We will endeavour to get
you wild foxes by the end of the show live on Springwatch. See you
Thank you! We have come to the place that we call heron point.
Something happened at the buzzard nest today. Let's have a look. You
can see in an earlier rain shower, the adult was sheltering those two
chicks from the rain but look, as we all comes in, the adult gives it
quite a beady look but does not go for it. I think it is preoccupied
with brooding the chicks in the rain but the squirrel, potentially
dicing with death. Once an animal knows a predator is looking at it,
the predator is at a disadvantage because it hasn't got the element
of surprise. It was dicing with death because it seems for buzzard
families, the squirrel is very high up on their list of favourite foods.
Here is and adult bringing in a school for the two little chicks
which they attack him to with relish -- bringing in a squirrel.
grey squirrels have been brought him in both of the nests. They are
good, rich meat for the youngsters. They are quite heavy. I was going
to say there must be quite difficult for the buzzards to get
because they are big and agile and I imagine they would fight like
hell. If this will all those above that is coming, it will get it. But
the buzzards are capable of catching things up to 500 grams,
considerably larger than a squirrel. Let's go to this... It almost looks
like an adult bird. A couple of weeks ago, it was still covered
with lots of doubt. There is no doubt on visible at all. It will be
out of their nest within the next couple of weeks and it will then
hang around with the adults up to four and a half months. Presumably,
it is real tactics that they need to learn to be able to feed
themselves. The adults will continue to feed them as well. They
make a terrible noise. If you hear that call repeatedly, it is the
youngster, they go out begging for a couple of months. But this one
has been preparing for the moment when it will leave the nest. A lot
of wings flapping. Looking like it almost wants to take off. Do you
think it is thinking about a maiden flight? I think it is building up
its flight muscles. It is exercising. It is learning the
mechanics of flying, hanging on to Also thing it's been doing is
practising grabbing things. Obviously, the prey there well and
truly dead, but as you say it looks like it's practising pouncing,
using its talons to pin down that prey. It's there, all the instinct
is there. You see its tail there, well down. Well developed.
Presumably, for its fledgeling to be successful it needs to keep
exercising, it needs to be as fit and strong as possible. Exercise is
Mo, that's enough of that. It's the Olympics next year and I am
considering two strategies. One, I could lay back, relax, eat a few
chocolates and enjoy the action on the big screen. Or two, I could
spend more time on the exercise bike. I will never be as fit as the
athletes winning but at least I will get into the spirit of things.
But what about wildlife when it comes to health and fitness? It
might surprise you to know that birds will actually exercise. Young
birds and migrants spent more time flapping their wings to build up
muscles before the big day. But they're also involved in doping
scandals. Scientists have discovered that sandpipers will
concentrate by feeding on shrimps which are rich in emega three and
when this chemical gets into their muscles it greatly enhances their
ability to use oxygen. So, they make it to their wintering grounds
but they'd fail a drugs test. It's not just birds that use chemicals
either. Bees when they're out foraging will collect pine pine
resins which they turn into a compound which they line the
complete inside of their nest with as a sterilising agent. You might
remember last year those blue tits that were bringing mint into one of
the nests. Kind teuss have determined this has anti-terial
properties. The chemicals in plants are thought to have anti-pesticidal
qualities to keep the number of parasites down, which is a
brilliant idea, of course. I have got a brilliant idea of my own, and
that is when I am working on this theory that chocolate has lots of
very important chemical qualities in it so I think the best thing to
do throughout the course of the Olympics is to get masses of it or
maybe get some mint in. Or Minty There will be more top sporting
tips from Professor Packham in Autumnwatch later in the year. It's
time to catch up with one of my favourite animals on Springwatch.
How my going to tpwet up here! That's the little owlsment we were
lucky enough to have caught up with a project by Emily and she managed
to get cameras inside the little owls' nest giving us that
privileged view. So, let's have a look inside the nest. This is how
we left our little owls last time. This is the very latest that we
have had from Emily. They look fabulous.
During there was a children's show called The Flumps. All four of them
have grown up, they're looking magnificent and they're almost
ready to go out and branch, I think. They're almost ready to leave that
nest and Emily had to ring these owllets. There they are. Four
little owllets, so that's a very happy ending to our owl story.
Thank you, Emily. Happy ending. We have also had a happy beginning
here. If you have been watching the show you will know up stream from
here the first Ospreys to nest in this part of Wales have done so for
more than 400 years. Now, Ospreys move back to Wales in 2004, and
they began to nest in the north, The good news is, as Chris said, we
have Ospreys nesting just a kilometre along the Estuary from
here. We have been following their fortunes. There are three chicks in
this nest. The adults both in attendance and bringing in plenty
of food, including... This looks dangerous! A rather alive mullet.
The chick close toast the camera has sense -- closest to the camera
has has taken refuge. What's really scary, Amir, who has been
monitoring these birds, was poised rushing out to go in one - in case
one of them got butted out of the nest by this fish. Poor little
thing. We were worried initially because these are the first - this
is the first time these adults have bred and they were having
difficulty fighting -- feeding the chicks, you can see no difficulty
catching fish and those chicks are thriving. Would you help me do a
little experiment? Put your hand out flat. Do you know, Kate, I
think they're going to be OK! That's not science either. Look,
take that because I have a present for you. Look, you will be very
impressed. This was sent by Amir, and it's a breakdown of what they
have been feeding on and mostly it is mullet. 53%. 28% sea trout. 9%
flounder and a few other fish. A healthy diet, I would say. I am
pleased with that and pleased with your enthusiasm. I too have a bar
chart. This is other statistics. In week one we had two, in week two,
we had two. But this week we have had a fantastic three statistical
representations bar charts, diagrams... I think that could be a
bar chart too far. You can't throw that down, Kate.
The shame of Kate Humble. It's not war. But it's the end of love.
Tantrums, kids kids! It's just us now. Let's talk about toads one
final time. We saw all those tiny little toadlets around here and
they're all common toads but there's another sort of toad, much
rarer, it's fast, it's flashy. Let's have a look.
I have come here to Cumbria on this blustery day to meet Richard Irvine.
When Richard started farming here he would go out at night and hear
the most bizarre sounds. It took him ten years to find out what was
making those sounds. It turned out to be something rather special.
They're nocturnal animals. In the spring they congregate around the
breeding ponds. When you approach the noise they're making you can
find them, and there they were. Something we hadn't seen before. I
didn't realise it was anything special, so it's a real joy.
What is this special animal? I have come out with Richard to uncover
the mystery. Loads! Loads of them! Have a look.
Look at that. They're beautiful. This is a natterjack toad and you
can tell it is because they have this bright yellow stripe down
their back and a common toad would never have that. My friend Chris
Packham, calls these the Lamborghini of theam fibian --
amphibian world. Look at the back legs. They are very short. They
would be no use to the French. Richard! How long could they live
to potentially? Teenagers, 14, 15. They are pretty rare, aren't they?
Very rare. There's about 50 sites in the country where they are.
do they need to be successful? the sites that do exist, all seem
to be on the coast and I think that's probably because it stops
the encroachment of the common toad, the competition. Natterjacks are in
trouble. Their numbers have declined all over the country. But
Cumbria is a stronghold with over 50% of the population living here.
On Richard's farm he does everything he can to help these
increasingly rare animals thrive. Grazing sheep help produce short
grass runways for that's Lamborghini legs to run around in
and find food. And by digging shallow pools he has created
perfect breeding habitats. But to have the full natterjack experience
I need to come back at night and discover them more or less the same
way Richard did 30 years ago. Here we are, Richard, on a chilly
Cumbrian night. Too cold, I am afraid. It's quiet at the moment.
What do we do, wait and hope? and it will happen, I am sure. If
you shine your torch on these ponds you will probably see a toad's head
sticking up. We are listening out for, if it does happen, it's the
males? It's only the males that call, yeah. They'll be down here
every night. Can you hear that one? One will start up and then another
one will join in. Before you know where you are, you will have a
whole gang. That's exactly what's happening.
That's absolutely bizarre. Chilly Cumbrian evening, it sounds
like we are in the pooling tropics, doesn't it? Absolutely. Think you
are in Africa. Or the rainforest. It's a lovely sound. We reckon they
travel three miles from here. Natterjacks are the livelyest
amphibians we have in Europe and the call is made by their voicebox
and the balloon-like pouch helps I am staggered that such a tiny
creature can make such a dim! Do you think the female can tell the
difference? There must be something about the quality of the sound that
is an indicator of how tough and fit he is! The it has completely
stopped now. There is an eerie silence and the wind blowing about
our ears. The tropics have left us, Made it! The few knew what we had
just done! We have had some fascinating and beautiful birds and
my favourites had been the Pied flycatchers, a typical small bird
of these wonderful woodlands. There of 38,000 pairs in the UK and we
have seen a couple of nests failed here this year but Malcolm Burgess
has told us it has been quite a good year. The males have a right
up to eight days earlier and their first lie in was the earliest since
1955. The clutch size was higher and they had been fledging 4.24
young per nest. Some of the young birds will move out of woodland and
into farmland and then by mid-July and August, they will start to
migrate. They will make the jump all the way down to Congo and
Guinea. What a bird! There is a bird you have been missing and it
is the blue tit. We often see blue tits on Springwatch. Have they been
affected this spring? They are laying 10 days earlier than they
were in 1968. Not a huge difference this year than previous years but
most of the blue tits had laid by 27th May before we were on air.
They too were making use of the caterpillar bonanza that allowed
the Pied flycatchers that nested only to be successful.
blackbirds are in real trouble. Their weight has dropped, then
nests have failed, the X haven't hatched, all sorts of problems for
the blackbirds. -- the eggs. Open up the compost if you can so they
can have some food. It is all because the rain didn't come. There
we know were Ms. Let's switch from birds to what I think has been the
stars of this series. We never expected we would come across grass
snakes but that compost heap provided us with a rare insight
into this creature's ecology. These are mainly females that have turned
up to deposit their eggs. One treat would be to be here in July and
August and see the youngsters come out. I think we will throw down the
gauntlet to our wildlife cameramen. If our wildlife camera men fancy a
trip back here in August and September... I am just getting in
my ear, we can cut live to would last camp. That is a highlight,
Chris! Two woodlice moving! They are moving! You see, you were
waiting for live foxes, and we have got woodlice. It is now time from
our final wildlife adventure and after a little snack and cake,
Chris said he wanted to take me Superb. With a belly full of fine
tea and carrot cake, I think it is time to show Martin the woodlands
that Newcastle has to offer. Just outside the city is Gosford Park
nature reserve. Top place. I am very conscious of the fact
that we very often neglect plants on Springwatch. People often
complain. Justifiably because they are fascinating and beautiful.
These are gorgeous. The way they unravelled... It is called Sir...
That is known as the closure. The design of the Bishop's one is based
upon the firm. I have never heard such stuff! Second year, botany, at
Reading University. I have been waiting years to tell you that!
have brought you here to show you a terrific, a genuine atrophied. --
-- triffid. It is actually an orchid, my favourite plant! It is
something I had been hunting for years and I must prostrate myself
before this magnificent specimen! It is in Slough! -- flower! The
reason it is so rare is because it relies on a specific fungus that is
in itself only found near Rottenberg trees. It doesn't
photosynthesise, it gets all its nutrients from its fungal root part
This is about as exotic as orchids get. To come across it now is a
lifetime's challenge realised. It is a dream come true. I will not
forget this. Amazing. But now it is getting late. The light is fading
and with it, nature's somnolence symphony of the evening sound. What
more could Chris often the? The Orchid was fantastic, thank you.
Splendid. But the evening is drawing on. This is the gloaming.
Should we not hail our host? can't waste the gloaming. You never
know when the next gloaming will come and it is at this time that
one of our most exciting batss emerges and over there in that tree
there are three holes. You can see one, a woodpecker holes. These are
used by a very large, active colony of batss. I will teach you a fine
art. The fine art of bad stoning. am vegetarian, I am sorry. Do you
just love it at them? It is a tradition. As kids, we were always
out stoning bats. All you do, you take the stone and place it there
in between your thumb and forefinger so you can flick it
upwards, and you hold it ready for a bat to come over. The objective
obviously is not to hit the bat with the stone but to attempt it.
If you have about flying past, you can judge its so you flick it up in
front of it so that the stone falls back as close to you as possible.
The batss will respond thinking they were large airborne insects, a
beetle perhaps, and they would swoop down. The winner is the one
that can get the bat to swoop closest to them. It works! That
stoning. I have never heard of it. I want to do it. Armed with a bag
of stones, we waited for the bats That is classic... They are really
big. I would be surprised if there were not 30 or 40 in there. In that
tree?! The time was now. The gloaming had transmogrified into
darkness. Perfect conditions for that stoning. I lost my hat in the
These are not big enough to be the nocturnal bats. These feed on much
smaller insects. This to them would be like throwing an oven-ready
Yes! Look at that! Right in front of us! The sport of it! Honestly,
is there anything more satisfying and stoning aback to of an evening?
Look at that! -- stoning a bat of an evening? Loop the loop! Yes!!
really did turn around! I believe in that stoning. -- that stoning.
That is a song title! Can we go? One More! We will be here all night.
I think we have got the knack! Come on! What is he like? You don't get
a chance like this every night. Welcome back to Springwatch life. -
- live. Three foxes... Playing... Please don't go. This is fantastic.
They have been giving us such a display right here on the grass. It
has been absolutely wonderful. We have done it, kind of. There is a
brave little fellow that is hanging around and hopefully he will come
back. The rain has been threatening, it has been nerve-racking, but
there you have it, foxes! The reason why there is a high charge
of doing this live in the first place is because there is a very
high density of foxes here and it is all because of all the food they
can get at the land fill. That very much changes their territories and
how they interact. First of all the density here is really high. We
have 50 territories on this site. The territories themselves are not
as big as usual as they would be in the wild because the foxes don't
have to forage as far afield to get their food and the territories
overlap a little bit. When it comes to family groups, this is my
favourite by the way, we have been watching him all afternoon and a
handful in love with him, but family groups a very different as
well. Sometimes you get foxes that remain there that would usually
disburse in the wild. For example, an old fox that was the dominant
fox earlier on or younger foxes. This date in the group and they
help feed this year's cups -- the base date in the group. There are a
lot of encounters happening which changes the interaction. It has
been a fairly unusual week so we wanted to also find out where that
urbanisation ever affect wildlife detrimentally so we headed to
Southend on Sea, we hung out with Essex boy racers and we did a
little experiment to find out whether snails are affected by a
We humans affect wildlife in lots of different ways. One of the most
obvious being the amount of traffic absolutely everywhere. One
scientist is looking into how that traffic is affecting one particular
species. This male. These lot know how to get the most out of their
motors so we will enlist their help -- snails. This is Dr Rupert
Marshall from Aberystwyth University. What exactly is going
We have a speaker capable of putting out large sounds. Down the
bottom, snails. One from the middle of the city and once on the
countryside. What we will do is put the snails on top of the platform
and see how they behave and what we expect to see is that the one from
the City will carry on cruising around when we start playing loud
music. But the roof of snails should stay in its shell or shrink
back into its shell -- that rural You have got the country bumpkin.
Graham, turn up your speaker. BASS. The city boy is out. Even the
platform is moving on top of the speaker. That is how loud the base
is. He seems to be OK. He is moving. Nothing going on with the other one,
If he spent his life in the middle of a field we should not be
surprised he is apprehensive to come out to the sound of this.
is thus telling us about snails? shows that some species are capable
of adapting to urban life. The noise of the buses and the cars and
everything, the City snell was happy with it, but the country one
was not used to it. What is the advantage of the snails being able
to stay out in spite of the noise? If they do not stay out and they go
into their shells all the time, they will never eat and they will
stays more. They need to come out. The shrinking violets on the
countryside, when they come into the city, they will not do very
well. It is all about survival. is. I guess you could look at all
different types of species and how urbanisation is affecting their
behaviour. Absolutely. Building a car park and a railway line, we are
always affecting our environment. It has been a blast, excuse the pun.
He is not feeling it! It is the Welcome back. Is that a sight for
sore eyes? We have really been enjoying watching the different
personality types. Some of these are bold as brass, others extremely
shy and really - you couldn't describe them as tame and it's
beautiful to watch that. Stunning animals. Come back to us soon and
we will try and get you more tpbgses -- foxes.
Amazing live pictures of foxes, I never thought they'd do it. It's
now time to start the build-up to our winner of Britain's Barmiest
Bird's Nest. Before we do that, we have noticed something very, very
Come on, Martin. Here is the moment. Britain's Barmiest Bird's Nest.
Let's start with a runner-up, it's from James. Have a look at this.
Where is it? It's in front of the electrical shop. What on earth is
on the telly! No way! You said they get a bit bored, clearly watching
Springwatch is a perfect way to spend your incubation time. Here is
the winner from Pauline Hocking. Have a look at what Pauline sent us.
Look closely. This is a fairground in South End and this is the
rollercoaster. Look in the middle of that loop. No No way! It's a
crow and it's not just landed there, it has its nest. Every time they
come around the crow has to leave the nest for fear of having its
head lopped off. Thank you very much indeed. That's a worthy winner
this year. Congratulations, Pauline. Of course, we always love to hear
from you and our website will be up If you are not confident about
being online there is the First Click campaign, all you do is
They will tell you where there is a bebeginner's computer course close
to you and there will be no excuse. The stars for most people this year
were our barn owls. Let's go live to our barn owls now to see how
they're getting on. They've been They're all busy sleeping. The real
star of all of these was a little baby barn owl you called Bob. Here
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 61 seconds
Fantastic. Here's to you, Bob, thank you for being a star. But
without further ado we should head back to Essex to Liz and see if
she's any more live foxes. It looks like she has.
Yeah, we do. The adults getting ever closer and
it's usually the adults that are much more wary but what's
interesting is within the fox cubs one sibling is very brave and is
going to get more food when the truckers that do feed the foxes
occasionally do feed them, but it can also be a disadvantage because
the braver cubs tend to wander further away, they're courageous
and tend to get into trouble, whether it's encroaching on another
male fox's territory or, unfortunately, with traffic. It's
usually the shier sibling that shadows his mother that will end up
doing well and often times inher its the territory. Beautiful
interactions this evening on a gorgeous evening here. Something
else really wonderful happened, another surprise that was offered
up to us here. Gary, our soundman, specialist soundman, I hasten to
add, was setting up a couple of nights ago and he heard something
rather wonderful in the trees. Look When I first heard these these
doves, we sat on the edge of the grass and I became aware of the
fact I could hear turtle doves. It's like a really warm cooing,
it's a little bit like a lullaby. It's become incredibly rare in
Britain. I think since the 1970s their numbers are down by 89%. I
genuinely couldn't believe that I was hearing turtle doves. For two
years now I have pursued this bird, so I went to all the classic
British places, farmland in Norfolk, Wiltshire, and I have not really
got good recordings. The last place I expected to find these birds
would be on a landfill site in Essex. I guess why it's so great
for these birds is because of the regeneration, there's scrub for
them to nest in and areas of regeneration and wild flowers which
is basically the food. Because these birds are hunted so
much on their migration route they have a real% real persecution
complex. They're not that easy to see. An you will hear them and
never see them. Honestly, this place has given us
so many surprises this week. It's been a wonderful experience.
Another wonderful reminder of how resilient, how resourceful,
adaptable wildlife can be, despite the challenges that we throw at it.
Here is a little reminder of what It's been a wonderful week. A big
thank you to Shaun Taylor and all the team here, they've been amazing
and a massive thank you to Phil Shaw for allowing us to have this
experience with the foxes. Lots of love. Thank you and good night.
Thank you, Liz. Bye. What a fantastic job. Thank you so much.
Now, she had such a fantastic time. Our live cameras are about to be
switched off, which one would you like to look at before we do?
contest, for the younger viewer. I hope these, tickling the palm of a
youngster this summer will seed a lifelong interest. I would like to
see Buzzard-cam. I shall miss them. Feathers are coming. I am wondering,
have our herons come back to the nest for a final goodbye? They
have! Brilliant. Well, as I said, sadly, our webcams will be turned
off now, but our website will keep going and you can continue to
follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. We would love your ideas
for Autumnwatch. Have you somewhere brilliant we should film? Let us
know via the website. Sadly, I can't be with us for Autumnwatch,
so I am going to leave new the extremely capable, if not slightly
mad hands of these two. I will be back in the spring and I think we
all agree this is the place to come back to. I have another message,
look you have seen us enjoying all of this fabulous wildlife. Now it's
your turn. Get out there, enjoy it for yourself. If you want top tips
go to that website, that will still be running and you know that you
can get all the way close up to British wildlife and help look
after it. Time to end on a highlight. Now a Welsh icon, the
way you have never seen it before. It's not usual. To be loved.
anyone. When I see you hanging about with anyone. It's not unusual.
To see me cry. I wanna die. It's not unusual to go out. At any time.
When I see. You. Out and about. It's such a crime.
If you should ever want to be loved by anyone.
It's not unusual. It happens. day.
No matter. What you say. It's not unusual to be mad with
anyone. It's not unusual to be sad with
The marathon live wildlife event reaches its climax. What will have happened to the UK's favourite animal stars? Find out with the final live updates.
Liz Bonnin says farewell to Essex and the wild inhabitants of the landfill site. In Newcastle, Martin and Chris are on the last leg of their boys weekend - at a colony of kittiwakes in the heart of the city.