Episode 4 Springwatch


Episode 4

The marathon live wildlife event continues with up to the minute reports on your favourite animal stars. In Scotland, it's Charlie Hamilton-James' final day with the beavers.


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What are we going to do tonight, then? Well, we could start with a

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red start. We could catch up with a flycatcher. We could go with a dip

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-- for a dip in the river. Hello, welcome to Springwatch. It's

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the last of our programmes in the first week, coming to you live from

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the RSPB reserve in Wales. We've had a fantastically warm day today.

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Some of you might know, I'm in the a man for predictions, I'm thinking

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along the lines of an Indian summer. I'm keeping quiet. Whatever, we

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have real wildlife in real time. A great show tonight. We really V we

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said we might start with red starts, so why don't we. If you were

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watching yesterday two of our six chicks fledged the nest. What has

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happened to the other four? By this beautiful water fall, magnificent,

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who would live in a nest like this? If you've been looking at our

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cameras online today, you might have noticed that our barn owls

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have had a tough one. It's been so hot. They've been panting away and

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one of the youngsters has been struggling.

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Without further ado, let's head up to Scotland and to Charlie. Welcome

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back to Knapdale, home of the Scottish beaver trial. Tonight,

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it's the night, we're sticking our necks out tonight. We're going to

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try to bring you live pictures of live beavers on this loch. It's a

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bit of a Mission Impossible. But we have gorgeous footage, that we've

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been shooting over the last couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

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Our lovely little red start family, what has happened to them? Let's

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get the full story. Let's go live get the full story. Let's go live

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to the nest first of all. Outside all is quiet. Inside it's totally

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quiet. Nobody is there. They've all gone. Now last night, while we were

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doing Unsprung, the programme after the main show, we took our eyes off

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the ball and something happened. Luckily the story developers were

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watching and this is the full story. We saw two had pledged and at 9pm

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last night, just before the third one made his escape. There he is,

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going and it's away. I was surprised about that. I thought he

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might have ht night, a comfy night in there. He didn't, he went. In

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the morning, the third one went at 6.02 then 8.10 and then at 9.20am,

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needed a bit of edge couragement. Mum gave a bit of food. He had a

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final poo there. Our last little chick and there he was waiting, is

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he going to go? And he was away. Now the parents, there's dad coming

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back to make sure everything is all right. Now the parents' work

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doesn't finish there. They'll continue to feed the chicks outside.

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There they R clever cameraman to catch this. Here's one in the grass,

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which may not be quiet the safeest place to be.

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There's quite a lot of tension for the parents. They want to stop

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feeding those chicks as soon as they can and strt a second brood.

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Just think, those little chicks, relatively soon will fly away from

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here, 5,000 kilometres, back to Africa. Absolutely incredible. But,

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those story developers that got those pictures, who are they? Where

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are they? I'm about to find out. Join me later.

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Kate? What? I don't like a baby receipt startd on the ground. I

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tell you something though, much of what we know about the behaviour

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and ecology of red starts was found out by John Buxton. He discover

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today while he was in a POW camp in Bavaria. He wrote this amongst his

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notes, "One of the chief joys of watching these birds in prison, was

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that they inhanted another world than I. They lived wholey and

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enviablely to themselves, unconcerned in our fatuous politics,

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without the limitations imposed by our knowledge. They lived only in

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the moment, without foresight and with memory only of things of

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immediate practical concern to them." What an incredible sentiment,

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whain cred insight. That's made the hairs on the back of my neck stand

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up. That guy is in prison and enjoying freedom that he saw in

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those beautiful birds. He wrote a book afterwards, the New Naturalist.

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We owe what we know about these birds to him. Thanks to our red

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starts, a first for Springwatch. They have kept us going beautifully

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through yot the first week. Now let's meet a bird that will be with

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us maybe until the end of the series. There's their box, in the

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woods by the studio. Let's go inside. There she is. She is a pied

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flycatcher. We introduced you to her yesterday. If you missed it,

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she's sitting on four chicks. She did lay six eggs, but only four of

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them hatched. The chicks are doing well. Lovely stretch there. She's

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such a pretty bird. She's been working extremely hard today,

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feeding up these chicks as we caught on camera earlier. Amazing

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energy, this bird was in and out, in and out all day. And a great

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range of prey. You might think she's only catching flies or flying

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insects, no beetles, grubz of many kinds much here she's given a chick

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the caterpillar. It's stuck to his beak. She's trying to get that

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caterpillar out and trying to refeed it. Her instincts are

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telling her to get it into the gape, to get it swallowed, not left on

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the side. That's point of the gape, that great yellow gawping hole is

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like a target for them. Exactly that. Each species has a different

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gape, some of them with strong patterning inside their mouths to

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say, hit this mark. What we have noticed today is that the female

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seems to be doing all the work. The male has been suspiciously absent.

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Well, he has. Over the last few days we've hardly seen him at all.

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He came back a few times at all. He has a mouthful of food, you think

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he's going to give it to the chicks and he leaves. Then he comes back

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and arrives back to the female. She's displaying to him. Is that

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flirting or defensive I think defensive You think he's her mate?

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He must be, to go to the nest and go into it. Later, he arrives at

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the nest. She's not. There he goes in. Once again, he doesn't take the

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opportunity to feed them. She ariefdz back. He then panics,

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starts fluttering around in the nest. Like he's being caught in the

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act. He's not feeding them. He's not feeding them. He jumped up in

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the corner and she comes in. Her instinct is she's got food and has

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to get it into their mouths. She is perplexed by the fact that he's

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putting her in an embarrassing position. He's in the wardrobe. She

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takes a peck at him. He then flies out and leaves her to dot rest of

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the stuff. It is very, very strange behaviour or is it? If you keep an

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eye on these pied flycatchers over the weekend, and you can do that by

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looking at our webcams, you may see a pattern emerging. Don't you

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think? When your female pied catcher love

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will never do what you want it to. This is an example now, I'm going

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to say this now, so they can't cut out the science next week, there's

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going to be geekery, polytear er to -- polyterer to. Now I have a

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teaser to pose to you while the show is going on. Have a look at

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this extraordinary photograph sent by JEL1969, I don't know if that's

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a girl or boy. They live n in chat nam Kent. Our question is, what is

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this photograph of? Get in touch via Twitter, our Facebook face or

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viate website. We will be giving you some of your answers right and

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wrong later in the programme. give a clue? No, it's too early.

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Soy couldn't say that they're floating on water? Sorry. Every

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week we're very lucky to be joined by a guest naturalist. This week

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it's been Charlie Hamilton-James, who's been up here in Scotland. If

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we zoom in, we can see exactly where he is. He's at Knapdale. He's

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been here at the top of the loch. Then we cracked him down here. This

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time he's off the map. What is it, pub, tearoom or Charlie or are you

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on Beaver Patrol? Welcome back, guys. We're still in

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Knapdale, home of the Scottish beaver trial. We're trying to bring

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you tonight a first live shots, ever, of wild beavers in Britain.

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Now, we're not having much luck so far. I think they're probably still

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in bed. But, over there, in the marshes lushes specialist wildlife

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cameraman oon. He has a great, big long lens and he's pointing at the

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beaver lodge. That's why the beavers live. Most of the day they

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sleep. They sleep in their lodges and come out at night. This is

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where they breed. This year we're hoping they will have kids. That is

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what the Scottish beaver trial is all about. As we haven't got any

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live beavers to show you, at the moment, I thought we'd show you a

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piece from the other day. I went out with the Scottish beaver trial

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to see just how hot a beaver can environments. They don't really

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have modern clothing like to us keep warm. Their fur has to do the

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job for them. It's incredibly well insulated. Tonight, I've come out

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with a thermal camera to see if we can look at one. Because what this

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does is it looks at the heat coming off things. Now, we have got more

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of the beaver team there. We will throw the thermal camera on them

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and say, can you take your hats off please? Look at that. Now that head

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is glowing bright yellow, a lot of heat coming off that. The rest is

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blue, where the coat is, which is well insulated. This is exactly

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what we're trying to do with the beaver. We're going to see where

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the hot spots r, where the heat's coming off, but also where the

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darker spots r, which bits of the beaver are most well insulated.

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All we've got to do is find a beaver.

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The guys have just flashed their torch in the darkness, which means

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they've got a beaver. We're racing over there, literally amph, to see

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if we can get there. -- literally onemph, to see if we can get there.

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That's the back of his tail there? Yes, that's the back. He's coming

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right past us. The head is a lot hotter than I would have thought.

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What do you think? It's really bright. It really stands out. It's

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really exciting seeing that white and red shape moving along.

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What we really want is this beaver to get out on the bank. At the

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moment we're just seeing the back and top of his head. She seems

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quite relaxed F we keep our distance she might come out onto

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the land. She's coming out. You can see most

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of the heat is coming off the back. It's bright white. That's where

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it's less dense hair wise. They're more dense on the fronts of their

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bodies. Having dense fur on its belly makes a lot of sense. This is

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the area its body that spends a lot of time in cold water and needs to

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hold in heat. The tail's red. It's not putting out as much heat as its

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back. That's weird, though, because it hasn't got any hair on it.

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a big layer of fat really. It's quite well insulated. Sometimes you

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see beavers largely sit on their tails just to keep their feet that

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wee bit warmer. It's not too cold tonight. She's probably quite

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comfortable. She's out feeding, so we'll leave her alone. Leave her to

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Give her the night off from the weird camera crews with weird

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cameras. I have to admit, I was surprised.

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With all that thick fur, the beavers would be more well

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insulated than that and put out less heat. I suppose if you think

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about it, beavers generally live in very cold places, like Canada and

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Norway, which are much colder than here in Scotland, where actually

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it's very warm at the moment. Maybe the beavers are trying to dump heat,

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maybe they're getting too hot. I don't know. I'm still waiting to

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see a live beaver. I'm not seeing anything. I'm seeing lake, forest,

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camera crew, but the beavers still sleeping.

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Come back to me. I'm sure we'll find you one.

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Thank you Charlie. I have to say, you've set yourself a tough task,

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live beaver. Look at this, we've come from our studio over there,

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about almost three quarters of a kilometre to the estuary. It's a

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wonderful evening down here. What a picturesque landscape we've got.

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First time I've been up here. It's absolutely stunning. At the top of

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the programme we teased you with a new nest. Well time to reveal all.

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Firstly, here it is. It's difficult to identify. But its habitat might

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give it away, rushing, fast moving Welsh stream. It's a species which

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like that's sort of habitat a lot. Now, of course, you find a nest

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like that, well that's challenge number one, sorted, but then, if

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you're a wildlife cameraman, you want to get a camera on it. For

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Lynsey McCree that was something of now bring you pictures from that

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nest, but first, this is the bird who made it. This is, of course, a

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dipper, dipping beautifully for us. That is why it has its name. It is.

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It's one of a group of birds, like the wagtails, even the sandpipers

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do this bobbing. This is what it's all about. This is lovely. We're

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not sure how many chicks are in the nest or how old they are. We've

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seen three chicks, you can see clearly there. But we're not sure

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how long it is going to be before they fledge. They look quite well

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developed. I think they do. They typically have a couple of ear

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tufts of down. You saw a wisp on one of their heads. Once they lose

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those it's not long before they think of jumping out of the nest.

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That's going to be a perilous journey. They are perched above

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that river. Can they swim? Will they drown? Where do they go?

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will bob about, but not in the rushing currents. These animals

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have to jump out of there and deal with the force of nature. The first

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flight is going to be critical. They need to clear the water and

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land on some stones and bolders, where they can be attended by the

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parents. Yes, first flight, given that there's little room for wing

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exercising in the domed nest that they've made there, it will be

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critical. At the end of the day, this species has evofld to be able

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to dole with that. I'm pretty confident about that.

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Sadly that camera isn't connected to the internet. You won't be able

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to keep an eye on them. You can be absolutely assured that our

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wildlife cameramen will. We will bring you news of those lovely

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little birds on Monday. We've had a lot of fledging this week. I'm sure

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you have fledglings in your gardens or local parks. These are some of

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the ones we found here. Long tailed tits up here. Gorgeous.

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Adorable. We have a treecreeper as well. No, wagtail. That's just on

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the wall where the oyster catchers nested. Here's a treecreeper.

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Nipping up the tree. Of course, there's a tremendous noise here at

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the moment. Can I hear it, at this moment, I can hear a family of tits

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up in the tree peep ago way. At this time of year there's a vast

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number of birds out here. The adults have bred, some of them

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producing five, six, seven, eight, nine young, think of the amount of

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food that must be out there to feed them all. That's what the noise is

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about, the begging call that's people are hearing. Conversely,

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those fledglings are becoming food for other things. Now, you see this

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bank of oak trees just across here, well around about where I'm

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pointing is where our buzzard nest is. Earlier today we caught this on

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camera, atentive adult, as ever, bringing in, this is probably the

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male, bringing in food for the female to pass. That is a tit of

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some kind. It's a young, it could be a young bird. It could be,

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actually I say it was a tit. That could have been a willow warbler.

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It was yellow underneath. They are foraging at the moment on birds.

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These youngsters, not terribly worldly wise, are frankly easy prey.

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This one eating another bird. was today. That is a Pipette,

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either a meadow or tree pippit. All sorts of birds are going in here.

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These fledglings, and we've seen it, they tuck themselves away, in the

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trees or down in the grass. But they have a lot of cover. The

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adults make sure that happens. Buzzards quite big, clumsy birds,

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you know they're not like goshawks, not famed for folder their wings up

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and being able to navigate through woods. So how on earth are they

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finding and catching those little birds? They fly through the woods,

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relatively quietly. They take perch on a branch. Then they watch and

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listen. Once they find a family, they don't move too far. They will

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farm them. They will take one of the youngsters and then go back for

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another one. They know where they are. They are listening. You

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mention goshawk though, we have to think here they might be eating the

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young tits and the other birds here. That buzzard chick, let's go to it

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live, that buzzard chick is potential prey for a goshawk.

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Goshawks will visit other rap tores' nests and take the young out.

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In the food chain buzzards, unbelievably, not at the top.

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another bird for to you keep your eye on over the weekend. Certainly

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is. Now, very occasionally, I get offers in car parks. I turn most of

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them down. But I couldn't turn this down. Matt Hamilton is a student

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film maker. He came up to me and said "Chris, I've made a film about

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an area you love." I looked at it and I have to say it's absolutely

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beautiful. I couldn't keep it to ago I was lucky enough to move into

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a cottage by Ichin navigation. This runs for ten miles between

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Winchester and Southampton here in Hampshire.

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There's an incredible diversity and wealth of wildlife here.

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I woos doing a course in wildlife documentary production, and for

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that summer, my diser taigs was to make a film.

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I thought about all the exotic locations I could fly off to and

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what I could shoot. Eventually I realised you don't need to go to

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those places. On my doorstep is this wonderful habitat with

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spectacular creatures of its own and I set about telling the story

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a Kingfisher will come and land on it. I put a perch out and a

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Kingfisher didn't land on it. I sat there for hours staring at a stick.

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Nothing happens for ages, then all of a sudden, you'll look out and

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They have extraordinary colours, orange breast feathers and

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iridescent blue. They look fantastic in the sun, glowing

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To tell the story of spring I thought I should focus on some of

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the invertebrates. Nothing is better for that than the May fly.

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They live as any more ofs under water. They burrow db nymphs, under

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water. At the end of the two-year period they rise up to the surface

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and hatch out to live for just one One or two that come up and they're

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able toe merge straight away, they sort of burst out of their skins

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and take off instantly. The whole place is just alive with thousands

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and thousands of May fly. You see them fluttering up and they

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fall back down like miniature skydivers. It's a beautiful time of

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year. It lasts for just the shortest amount of time, like so

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many things in nature, that's what make it's so spectacular. It really

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marks the start of summer and the end of spring.

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One thing I really wanted to do was film the demoiselles emerging. It

:25:36.:25:41.

happens at night. I thought if I managed to get a result then it

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would be something we would rarely see. I spent about two weeks

:25:47.:25:52.

waiting all night waiter for one to emerge. I never thought I would get

:25:52.:25:56.

to see this moment, when something in its life is so vulnerable and

:25:56.:26:00.

going through these changes. It was breath taking. I felt like I had

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been let in on a secret world that not many people would be able to

:26:04.:26:10.

witness. Having filmed the emergence, I felt

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I had come into their world. I need -- needed to film the adult form as

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well. I decided to put the waders on and get in the river. It's an

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amazing perspective from the water level, among the reeds with them or

:26:26.:26:33.

see them perching. The whole place looks completely different from

:26:34.:26:43.
:26:44.:26:45.

river level. It was a great One thing I really found through

:26:45.:26:50.

making the film was that I sort of, really stepped into the world of a

:26:50.:26:53.

lot of the wildlife here and learned a huge amount about it and

:26:54.:26:57.

feel much closer to the place as a result. What I really discovered is

:26:57.:27:01.

that there's absolutely no substitute from just spending time,

:27:01.:27:04.

quietly, sitting and watching and waiting for things to happen. Only

:27:04.:27:07.

by doing that, will you really get to know the river and see what

:27:07.:27:17.
:27:17.:27:25.

I think you're going to be going down the Jobcentre. It was

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beautiful wasn't it? What a fantastic film. Well done Matt.

:27:29.:27:32.

just great behaviour. The framing, composition of everything was spot

:27:32.:27:38.

on. Matt, you've done a good job mate. We have a bit more gear than

:27:38.:27:42.

you at the moment. We have to try to match up. We have a camera here,

:27:42.:27:48.

not far from the studio, we're calling it marsh-cam. It's a

:27:48.:27:58.

lovelyer is reen -- lovely serene evening. We get those pictures

:27:58.:28:03.

because of the magic of technology and an awful lot of cable. So if we

:28:03.:28:07.

can mix from this picture through to well that's the scene where it

:28:07.:28:10.

is, we're zooming in, so you can see exactly where the camera is.

:28:11.:28:16.

That's what it looks like. Then it's connected, as are all our

:28:16.:28:21.

cameras, via miles and miles of cable that race through the woods

:28:21.:28:26.

and join up, well from here it's about a kilometre, to our

:28:26.:28:30.

production village, there it is. I hope that Martin is standing in

:28:30.:28:35.

amongst those trucks somewhere. Martin, are you there? Kate, I am

:28:35.:28:41.

here. Here I am at mission control. It took seven months to plan this.

:28:41.:28:46.

It took two weeks to build and there are 90 kilometres of cables

:28:46.:28:50.

around here. I'll show you around. That building there, that's where

:28:50.:28:53.

we have our production meetings in the morning to plan the day's

:28:53.:29:00.

program. There's informer a cross here, let me show you this. This is

:29:00.:29:05.

interesting. I don't know if you can see through there, that dish

:29:05.:29:09.

there is transmitting the pictures as I speak to you now. The signal

:29:09.:29:15.

goes into the satellite and it goes 72,000 kilometres to get to your

:29:15.:29:20.

telly. Now these big vans here is where the film editors are. They're

:29:20.:29:24.

putting together all the films of the animals we see on Springwatch.

:29:24.:29:28.

We came down here to find the story developers. They gave us, oh, let's

:29:28.:29:38.

see if we can find them in here. Careful up the stairs. Up you come.

:29:38.:29:43.

We have to go through here. Now this is the, hello everyone! Come

:29:43.:29:48.

on in. These are the producers, directors, there's James or

:29:48.:29:54.

director. Don't be shy chaps. They're not used to being on telly.

:29:54.:30:01.

Come through here, if you would. Going very well. Well done everyone.

:30:01.:30:05.

This is what we've really come to see, story developers. Hello all of

:30:05.:30:14.

you. Hi Martin. This is Sara. This is Jess and Scott. Now you actually

:30:14.:30:18.

got our lovely red start story, were you here to see that? We were

:30:18.:30:22.

indeed. We saw them fledging last night during the show. Fantastic.

:30:22.:30:26.

Thank you very much. We are completely off the ball we werement

:30:26.:30:31.

I forgot to do that, I'll remember now. What's been going on now?

:30:31.:30:36.

What's catching your attention? the moment, we're keeping an eye on

:30:36.:30:40.

the two heron nestlings. They look like they've settled down for the

:30:40.:30:44.

evening a bit. They've been teasing us all day with wing flapping and

:30:44.:30:48.

preening. We keep thinking they're going and then they don't. What's

:30:48.:30:53.

this up here? Here's a sandpiper, now that's a brand new nest for us?

:30:53.:31:00.

Chris and Kate, can you see that? That is a brand new sandpiper nest.

:31:00.:31:06.

Look at that! I'm really pleased about this. I like the sandpipers.

:31:06.:31:10.

Hang on, I think we have just heard from Charlie Hamilton-James, we

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have live pictures of beavers. It's coming from Knapdale. Can we

:31:14.:31:15.

coming from Knapdale. Can we connect to Charlie? Can we hear

:31:15.:31:25.

him? Hello guys! Look at this, this guy is so close. You can -- he can

:31:25.:31:31.

hear me talking, look. He's probably about 20 metres away. I

:31:31.:31:34.

say he, it could be a she. It's difficult to tell the difference.

:31:35.:31:42.

If it's a he, this is Christian, who we met the other night. He was

:31:42.:31:48.

trying to fell a tree and trying not to get squashed by it. He's

:31:48.:31:53.

speeding up now because he can hear me. He's out on evening patrol.

:31:53.:31:57.

They come out about this time and head off on a patrol around the

:31:57.:32:07.

loch here. They don't really start work until it gets dark. At the

:32:07.:32:10.

moment, he's having his evening feed. That is pretty special, isn't

:32:10.:32:19.

it? I have to let him go, while I reposition myself. I can't quite

:32:19.:32:25.

believe how close he is. He's just there.

:32:25.:32:28.

Let's hunt for him with that lens again. It's all a bit back to front

:32:28.:32:34.

to me. There he is. I'll doom in on him again.

:32:34.:32:39.

Now he's come, we're about 200 yards away from the lodge now. He's

:32:39.:32:47.

come up quite a long way. I keep calling this a he. It could be his

:32:47.:32:57.
:32:57.:32:58.

wife. Now this just proves that anyone can come out here, to

:32:58.:33:02.

Knapdale, and see this. This isn't private. This trial isn't a private

:33:02.:33:08.

thing. Anyone can do it. And you don't have to come out with loads

:33:08.:33:13.

of specialist kit, you don't need infrared lights. I've no idea what

:33:13.:33:19.

the time is probably 8.20pm and there's a beaver swimming around.

:33:19.:33:22.

The sun's not quite sext anyone can do this. If you want to, don't

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bring your dog. There's one thing beavers don't like, it's dogs.

:33:27.:33:37.

But if you came out, sat here quietly, on one of these lobgz, --

:33:37.:33:39.

lochs, there's every chance you could see something as special as

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this. Look at that! That's a tail snap. He's come back up, that means

:33:46.:33:50.

he's a bit nervous, probably because we're all here, giving us a

:33:50.:33:56.

tail slap, bit of an alarm. He's not too fazed. He's come straight

:33:56.:34:04.

back up and just carrying on. Hopefully, going to get into the

:34:04.:34:11.

reeds and find some food. So now, he's heading back down the

:34:11.:34:16.

loch. If I can zoom out on this thing, you can have a look. He's

:34:16.:34:24.

going back down the loch towards his lodge. Beavers don't just,

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sorry I'm jerking the camera around now. They don't just use their

:34:31.:34:36.

lodges for sleeping in. They also use them for eating in. They have a

:34:36.:34:42.

secret, underwater tunnel, that heads up from underwater into the

:34:42.:34:50.

middle of the lodge. In there they've got, let's just zoom in,

:34:50.:34:54.

inside the tunnel just at water level as you go in the tunnel, a

:34:54.:34:59.

little area where they like to eat. They'll take food in there and eat

:34:59.:35:05.

in complete safety knowing that no predators can get them.

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I think he's just heading down. This could be the last we see of

:35:11.:35:16.

him tonight. It's just starting to get dark. I think he knows where we

:35:16.:35:26.

are. Well there you go guys, it's got a

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bit far away now. I'm so chuffed we got you then. It's been a big thing

:35:30.:35:36.

all week, can we get it for you and we did. I hope you enjoyed it.

:35:36.:35:42.

Oh, I say, honestly. That was brilliant - Charlie Hamilton-James,

:35:42.:35:47.

you are a genius! That was fan of theic. He stole our thunder. We

:35:47.:35:51.

were going to introduce our beautiful sandpiper, now you have

:35:51.:35:56.

to wait till Monday. I'm sorry about that. But you wanted to talk

:35:56.:36:00.

About some historical stuff that you found out. One of the thing

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that's people say about - hi Martin. Sorry. One of the things that

:36:05.:36:09.

people say about the wee introduction of beavers in Scotland

:36:09.:36:13.

is that they didn't used to occur there. I was checking out my

:36:13.:36:18.

history and recently they've discovered no less than five ark

:36:18.:36:20.

logical sites with beaver bones in Scotland and there are place names

:36:21.:36:23.

with beaver in it, suggesting that the animals used to live there.

:36:23.:36:29.

Beavers were in Scotland. Can I just do another literary reference.

:36:29.:36:34.

Gerald of Wales - You just have the one book, do you? Help yourself to

:36:34.:36:39.

a second. Gerald says in Scotland or so they tell me, there is again,

:36:39.:36:43.

only one stream where beavers live and even there they're rare, but

:36:43.:36:47.

they were in Scotland, Gerald says it. It must be true. It must be

:36:47.:36:54.

true. Now, many of you have been contacting us via the message board

:36:54.:36:58.

to talk about our barn owls. Before we get to the nitty gritty of that

:36:58.:37:02.

story. For those of you who aren't familiar with barn owls, have a

:37:02.:37:06.

look at the perhaps non-geeky version what have makes up these

:37:06.:37:16.

amazing birds.?. A barn owl weighs about as much as a grape fruit and

:37:16.:37:20.

lives for around four years. Though the oldest reached precisely 14

:37:20.:37:25.

years seven months and two days. Very impressive. They're easily

:37:25.:37:30.

identified by their pale colour and heart shaped face. I love you.

:37:30.:37:37.

right, that's enough! If you hear this... (screech) Don't be alarmed,

:37:37.:37:42.

it may sound like something out of a horror movie, but that's your

:37:42.:37:46.

barn owl. They have also hiss, yap and snore.

:37:46.:37:52.

The barn owl has the motion acute hearing of any known animal. It's

:37:52.:37:56.

all to do with the placement of their ears. They're placed a

:37:56.:38:00.

similar et Rickally. One is slightly higher than the other.

:38:00.:38:07.

About there. The owl cannical being late the

:38:07.:38:11.

exact position of the sound source, which allows them to catch 2,000

:38:11.:38:20.

mice, voles and other small mammals every year (. That was one minute

:38:20.:38:24.

eight seconds actually. If you've been watching our webcams today,

:38:24.:38:27.

you'll notice that our barn owls have been terribly hot. Everyone

:38:28.:38:31.

was really concerned about this. Not only you at home, look at this,

:38:31.:38:35.

we got back to the studio and found the ep tire crew gathered around

:38:35.:38:41.

the monitors, literally sweating it out with the barn owls, such was

:38:41.:38:45.

the worry. They had reason to be, because this was the scene that you

:38:45.:38:51.

were all watching. The barn owl chicks, as you can see, panting in

:38:51.:38:56.

the heat. This little one actually collapsing and seeming Chris, it's

:38:56.:39:02.

at the back now, unable to get up. They just look like, now two of

:39:02.:39:05.

them down on the ground looking moments away from expiring. When

:39:06.:39:10.

you think about, it they're covered in a thick, warm coat of down to

:39:10.:39:15.

keep them warm. The young one is the least with -- is the one with

:39:15.:39:18.

the least energy. They're expanding a lot of energy panting like that,

:39:18.:39:23.

energy they need to building up their bodies. It's quite an

:39:23.:39:28.

expensive process, this what we call goolating, panting to lose

:39:28.:39:32.

heat. The nest is at the top of a barn, under a roof, about the

:39:32.:39:36.

hottest place it could possibly be. Wood peckers, anything that nests

:39:36.:39:40.

in hay confined space like this, barn owls, they are set up for it.

:39:40.:39:45.

They have to go through these changes in temperature. It's better

:39:45.:39:49.

that they're warm than cold. The adult will be trying to brood

:39:49.:39:52.

what's now a large collection of young probably not being able to

:39:52.:39:56.

keep them warm. Here's a challenge to the camera crew, next week maybe

:39:56.:40:02.

we could get a thermometer into the roof of the barn so we can see how

:40:02.:40:06.

hot it is. Then how cold as well and what they do when it's cold. We

:40:06.:40:10.

could try. It has cooled down a little now, lovely evening now.

:40:10.:40:20.
:40:20.:40:21.

Cooler than this afternoon. Let's go now live to the barn owl nest.

:40:21.:40:28.

What do you think? I can't see that flutter going on now. Is that the

:40:28.:40:31.

little one in the middle? I don't think it's going to expire. It's

:40:31.:40:35.

pretty strong at the moment. There's so much food there. It's

:40:35.:40:38.

not hungry. It's just a bit behind of others in terms of development.

:40:38.:40:44.

It doesn't look that perky, though, to be fair? Well, no. But they're

:40:44.:40:48.

sleepy animals. He's sleeping, that's all Kate. Let's not be

:40:48.:40:52.

negative. Eating and sleeping, that's all they have to do. Is it

:40:52.:40:56.

not very perky or just sleeping? Keep an eye on the owlles over the

:40:56.:41:03.

weekend by going to the website. Bbc.co.uk/Springwatch. The web kams

:41:03.:41:10.

are there. Keep updated with them. And our quiz. Can we, Becky,

:41:10.:41:16.

where's Becky with questions, please? Answers rather. Thanks

:41:16.:41:24.

Becks. Lucy aged eight says hedgehog. I'm getting that. Sally

:41:24.:41:30.

monster says damsel fly eggs on the blog. Ella says leeches or worms.

:41:30.:41:33.

Good effort. Keep them coming in. None of them quite right. Earlier

:41:33.:41:37.

in the week, we had a competition where we were setting out these

:41:37.:41:41.

camera traps in the woods. We were trying to see which mammals are out

:41:41.:41:45.

there in the course of the night. I won the competition actually with

:41:45.:41:51.

pictures - Rubbish! Steady on. also asked to you send your

:41:51.:41:55.

pictures in, if you were using camera traps. The viewers got much

:41:55.:42:04.

better pictures than we did. put us to shame. Marvellous fox.

:42:04.:42:11.

Beautiful badgers. This is fox and badger. I wouldn't have bet on that

:42:11.:42:15.

in a million years. So we are going to have another go next week. But

:42:15.:42:19.

keep your photos coming in. Now many of you will have seen on the

:42:19.:42:24.

news today and in the newspapers that our hedgehogs appear to be in

:42:24.:42:28.

decline. I had an e-mail from an old friend, Jennie, saying that

:42:28.:42:31.

she's not seeing hedgehogs in her garden any more. What's going on

:42:31.:42:35.

Martin? It's all to do with our gardens. I've been going out and

:42:35.:42:39.

trying to find out about a potential solution to a very

:42:39.:42:46.

serious problem. This is a story about these...

:42:46.:42:52.

Hedgehogs. This is hue Deany. But it's also a story about something

:42:52.:42:56.

much, much bigger than just hedgehogs alone. It's something

:42:56.:43:00.

that, and she's sharp! All of us potentially, nearly all of us could

:43:00.:43:06.

get involved with this. Hedgehogs are one of those garden

:43:06.:43:09.

visitors that we assume are somewhere in the backyards. But

:43:09.:43:16.

when was the last time you actually saw one? If you had seen a hedgehog

:43:16.:43:21.

recently, you're lucky. We've lost about half of all our hedgehogs in

:43:21.:43:28.

the last 25 years. Now our gardens are potentially a great habitat for

:43:28.:43:32.

hedgehogs, but we all tend to overtidy them and that is actually

:43:32.:43:39.

one factor in the hedgehogs' decline. But help is at hand. The

:43:39.:43:42.

people's trust for endangered species and the hedgehog

:43:42.:43:47.

conservation trust have started a really exciting scheme, called

:43:47.:43:53.

Hedgehog Street. I caught up with volunteer Fiona. The idea is that

:43:53.:43:57.

you talk to your neighbours in your street and encourage them to look

:43:57.:44:02.

for hedgehogs, to talk to each other about hedgehogs and look at

:44:02.:44:07.

how to improve their own gardens and in particular... This is the

:44:07.:44:13.

big idea, right? To connect gardens. Then hedgehogs can go between

:44:13.:44:17.

gardens so they have more areas to forage over. They range for up to a

:44:17.:44:22.

mile or more than a mile a night in search of food. So they need to get

:44:22.:44:25.

between more than one garden in order to find owl the food they

:44:25.:44:29.

need. Collectively we have over a million

:44:29.:44:35.

acres of gardens in the UK. Unfortunately, because most of our

:44:35.:44:39.

gardens are fenced in with wire and wood, they've become just isolated

:44:40.:44:45.

pockets of habitat. But it doesn't take much to make a big difference.

:44:45.:44:49.

All you need to do is look at your garden from a hedgehog's

:44:49.:44:53.

perspective and that's exactly what Fiona is trying to encourage her

:44:53.:44:58.

neighbours to do. From a wildlife perspective, one of the first

:44:58.:45:01.

things that you would notice is that there's a hedge row, so they

:45:01.:45:05.

can get access to the garden. the one to the next door neighbour,

:45:05.:45:11.

it looks great at first sight, ah, but it's not. No, there's a hidden

:45:11.:45:15.

barrier behind here. You can see there's a mixture of rabbit netting

:45:15.:45:20.

and plastic netting behind there. Soy doubt very much that there

:45:20.:45:30.
:45:30.:45:30.

would be a way through. What will we do? Maybe a hole.

:45:30.:45:40.
:45:40.:45:42.

Ideally, we're looking to make 15 inch gaps for our prickly friends.

:45:42.:45:45.

Talking to neighbours, connecting your gardens and generally thinking

:45:45.:45:50.

like the animals that live in them could not only help your hedgehog,

:45:50.:45:55.

but all of our garden wildlife. We've been lucky so far, we've just

:45:55.:46:00.

had to cut through wire, what about if somebody's got a solid fence,

:46:00.:46:04.

could you dig a hole under it? Indeed you could. Shall we try one

:46:04.:46:14.
:46:14.:46:20.

of those then? I think that might holes here and there, what

:46:20.:46:24.

difference can that make? Well it can make a difference in a small

:46:24.:46:28.

garden. If you can imagine everybody in their gardens doing

:46:28.:46:33.

that across the country, that is going to make a huge difference.

:46:33.:46:37.

There's 23 million gardens across the country. I have this vision of

:46:37.:46:40.

them all starting to interconnect. It could be the start of something

:46:40.:46:45.

really big. Not just a wildlife corridor, but a

:46:45.:46:52.

massive wildlife network. I like it! It's such a thrilling idea.

:46:52.:46:57.

Simple. A million acres, we could connect them up. It's a lovely,

:46:57.:47:00.

easy thing for anybody to be able to do and make a huge difference.

:47:00.:47:04.

If you want to get involved in hedgehog street, here it is, we've

:47:04.:47:08.

got a link on the website and maybe get to know your neighbours, cut a

:47:08.:47:11.

hole in the hedge and make a massive difference. It's a strange

:47:11.:47:16.

way to get to know your neighbours. Can we go straight back to Scotland

:47:16.:47:25.

because I'm just hearing, look at this! This is absolutely live guys.

:47:25.:47:29.

This is from Charlie Hamilton- James's cameras in Scotland.

:47:29.:47:34.

Beautiful shot of a beaver doing what it does best. It's a bit of

:47:34.:47:38.

bark. Back with Charlie in a moment. Now let's answer the question that

:47:38.:47:43.

we set you earlier in the programme. We asked, what on earth was this

:47:43.:47:53.
:47:53.:47:54.

photograph of? Who got it right? Remo knew was a species of mosquito

:47:55.:48:04.

eggs. Zoe on Facebook and Lynsey Edwards congratulations to you all.

:48:04.:48:09.

Mosquito eggs. I like mosquitoes, I know that's a bit weird, but a

:48:09.:48:15.

fantastic life history. Those eggs hatchupside down. The lar vi hatch

:48:15.:48:20.

through the bottom and drop into the water. I don't think I love

:48:20.:48:26.

mosquitoes quite as much. Neither do I, I've had malaria too many

:48:26.:48:29.

times. This weekend why not think of doing something terribly simple

:48:29.:48:33.

to help the wildlife that lives around you. Here is a really neat

:48:33.:48:43.
:48:43.:48:43.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 109 seconds

:48:43.:50:32.

them if you like this sort of thing. You can make your own, as long as

:50:32.:50:36.

you put them on a sunny wall, you'll get the bees. If you haven't

:50:37.:50:42.

got bamboo, but you have Japanese knotweed, that works well as well.

:50:42.:50:47.

Go to our website, bbc.co.uk/Springwatch for lots and

:50:47.:50:52.

lots of ideas of how to help the wildlife in your garden.

:50:52.:51:02.
:51:02.:51:03.

without further ado, we have to go would. But we did! I think it's

:51:03.:51:07.

still them. I can't see it. It's gone all the way off to the lodge.

:51:07.:51:17.
:51:17.:51:17.

Ian, our specialist cameraman, can. Look at that. We think this is

:51:17.:51:22.

actually Truda, not Christian. This is who he lives with. Just now she

:51:22.:51:28.

stood up. We got to see her nipples. Now if we can see protruded nipples,

:51:28.:51:33.

it means she's probably pregnant. That is exactly what the Scottish

:51:33.:51:37.

beaver trial wants because they want beavers up here. They want

:51:37.:51:41.

them breeding. That's what the trial is all about. Now, the other

:51:41.:51:45.

day, I went out with a special mission of my own, involving an

:51:46.:51:55.
:51:56.:52:05.

quirky mission and a personal one. A few years ago, I discovered that

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otters could smell under water, using my underwater cam ra. I got a

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hunch that beavers might be able to do the same.

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What I'm going to do is dump it right in the middle of their canal.

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When they're swimming up the canal, they should, hopefully, smell right

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into it. Beavers love apples. So I'm going

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to tempt them in with one by sticking it on a spike, like that,

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sticking it in the water right in front of the lens.

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I can control the underwater camera from my laptop.

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So all I need to do is retreat into my hide and wait. The crew has left

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me and I'm bedding in for the night. I've got my monitor here. The

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monitor is wired to a camera that's in the canal. Hopefully, I'll get

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it as it arrives, swims down and grabs the apple. That's the plan

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any way. At least it's not raining.

:53:29.:53:39.
:53:39.:53:39.

(heavy rain) It's 2am, it's raining a lot heavier now. I've started to

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get really tired. I still haven't heard a beaver come up the canal,

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so I'm just going to keep going really. However, an hour later, my

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it. It's doing it. I got it. He found it straight away. It's right

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here. It's 2.50am and suddenly the beaver

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just appeared, out of nowhere and got it. It came up, floated right

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over the camera, head down, just grabbed the apple. I can't quite

:54:43.:54:53.
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believe it though. My heart's going crazy. So chuffed! I was very, very

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excited when I shot that, but when I looked back at it, I don't think

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it actually was smelling that am. I think it was probably smelling it

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on the surface and and using its feet to find it. Maybe some better

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scientist should discover whether they can smell under water or not.

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I've had an amazing time up here in the last couple of weeks, getting

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to know beavers again. And really following the story of them coming

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back into Britain, after 400 years of being away. It's a very debate.

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There's three more years to go on this project. So, who knows what

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will unfold? A few big thank yous to the people who let us do this

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and made this happen, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish natural

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heritage, Royal Zoological Socitey for Scotland, the Forestry

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Commission and let's not forget the Scottish beaver trial team. Thank

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 109 seconds

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viewers at home, I think he deserves three cheers. He's really

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delivered anded to live beaver. Absolutely, thank you so, so much

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Charlie. Safe journey home and very, very well done indeed. Shall we

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have a quick look at our live cameras before we go for the

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weekend. Let's look at our herons. weekend. Let's look at our herons.

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Look at that! Do you think they'll disappear over the weekend? I think

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they'll come back to the next for a few days to get food. Let's look at

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the sandpiper. We nearly showed you this lovely little bird earlier in

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the thing. She had her thunder stolen by a beaver. We will

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introduce you to this beautiful bird on Monday. She's sitting on

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her eggs. We don't know how many she's got. Keep an eye on her and

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all our characters do, that by going to our website

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bbc.co.uk/Springwatch. There's another great thing about that

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website, if you have a look for a little icon, things to do, click on

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that. Can you put your postcode in and it will give you great ideas,

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in where that the live it will give great ideas of things to do over

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the weekend. What's going on on Monday? We're heading to the island

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of Skoma. We will meet up with Wales's greatest naturalist. He's

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going to be looking at some of the iconic wildlife, including of

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course, puffins. We're keeping a careful eye on the owls of course.

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The marathon live wildlife event continues with up to the minute reports on your favourite animal stars. In Scotland, it's Charlie Hamilton-James' final day with the beavers and in Wales, Chris Packham and Kate Humble are watching over their animal families. Martin Hughes-Games has more audience questions, videos and pictures.


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