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Take three bemused presenters, nation of wildlife watchers two


tawny owls, a yellow fox, Iolo Williams, stick them in the oven,


gas lock for cook, serve them immediately. Welcome to tonight's


hot and spicy Autumnwatch Unsprung. As usual, we have our marvellous


audience. We have "Level-Headed" Joe, who is there ready to answer


your questions, throw them at us and watch out for the quiz


questions and Iolo Williams - give him a round of applause. Fantastic.


We'll give your questions to Iolo later. What shall we do right away?


We wanted to share this little thing for you. Thank you very much.


This was sent in - this slightly It's from Andy Smith, an AA patrol


man. He was called out to a car that had stopped. You can see why.


A squirrel had been stuffed in there and had stuffed the entire


intake full of nuts. How did he get in there? He had the key! Obviously.


Thank you very much. Andy, are we going to do the loudest call?


loudest call? Yes, this is interesting. Last week we had a


question of which bird produced the loudest call. Last week I thought


it might be a Nightingale. I wasn't sure. Did anyone else have any


idea? Beryl Jones from Cheshire said Chris said last week the


Nightingale was the bird had the loudest song. I would agree. I knew


a chap who was a chaplain in World War II. He said when the


bombardment in the evening began, he could hear them above the guns,


and he found it a must moving experience. It must be a moving


experience. There is a terrible edge to that but it does go along


with the fact that we said the songbirds would raise the level of


their song to try to compete with other noises. We also looked up -


Nightingales can produce song at 95 decibels. How much is that? It's


difficult to qualify, isn't it? We thought we'd play a Nightingale


song Now at 95 decibels to see what the audience thinks of it. I have a


gadget somewhere. Look at that gadget! Is that real? It's a CR-


812A. It's a beautiful sound level metre. All right, then. Get on with


it. I'm liking this. All right. Let's have the Nightingale song,


and I'm going to see - I'm just going to check -


CHIRPING OK. Now, what do you think? Did you


think that was loud? It is loud. Seriously loud! That was loud.


it the loudest bird? No! Oh! warbler. It's the only bird I know


that actually shouts at you, "Here I am." I reckon it's louder.


Yallows are loud, but they don't sustain the song. They're a bit -


say a band like the Damned that do a track that last like a minute as


opposed to Guns N Roses that drag it out over five, and in the end


you get thoroughly bored. Let me tell you what the answer was - it


was malfunction! Now, 106 decibels... Very good. Let's do


some questions. The first question we have is from Fran Perry. In


Greenwich park last week we saw yellow deer stag and fallow deer


stag fighting each other. Why would they do that? We have a picture


from Don Carey. Nice one, very odd. Is that unusual? I think it is


unusual because it's pointless. There is no point in a fallow


taking on a red because they're obviously not competing for females


of the same species. I think what's happened is in Richmond Park, you


have a density of these species. There is a huge amount of


aggression and hormones pumping around. Because there is similarity


between the two, I guess they get so frustrated, they need to take it


out on the nearest male. What we see here is displacement behaviour


perhaps, where they're doing something for the sake of doing it,


but in the long term, my money is on the red. Can I make a


suggestion? Of course. Maybe they're doing it for fun? Stop it.


They're so full of hormones. They're so pumped up. My chickens


do the same thing. My cockerel gets carried away I come in to break it


up. He attacks me. It's just a mistake. From Jennifer Miller, "I


remember being amuds when I saw a maganza displaying to a huge


goose." Do these crushes happen often? No, I think it's more here


at Slim Bridge, where they have a captive collection of birds. Most


of them, certainly from the northern hemisphere, are thinking


of breeding at the same time. There is a huge amount of displaying, and


sometimes they fixate on the wrong bird. I have to say at this time of


year we see a lot of homosexual behaviour in ducks. If there is a


shortage of females, they'll start to display to each other. Mallards


are like that. In crowded area, that's a result of that. Basically,


we're featuring muddled creatures in these answers... Not muddled,


really, but different - shall we have the quiz? OK. This week's quiz.


It is a name quiz, a bit of etymology. I'm going to give you


some names, old names that are no longer in use for British creatures.


You have to see if you know which they are. These are the old names.


We'd like to know the contemporary, more modern - the ones you have in


your field guides at home - the first one, A, mouldywarp -


Anyone know what it is? Hands up? Yallo w - that's not fair. Second


one, B, sea pie, sea pie? Anyone? Welsh name for that particular


animal is sea pie in Welsh. Is it? It is, yeah. Good skill. Would be


easy for a Welsh viewer. They've got it right. You're fine! C,


broc... A bit easier. A few nods in the audience. Lastly, let's finish


this off, D, yaffle. So these are the old names. We'd like from A


through to D the modern names of mouldywarp, sea pie and yaffle.


Send them in, see if you got them right. I thought they were really


hard. These two said they were easy. We were wrong. Whatever. I think


you need to start sensoring all the questions. Iolo, come and join us.


You dropped your poppy. Thanks, mate. Cheers. Before you start, I'd


like to draw everyone's attention This is a cat that is in love with


Iolo. He loves programmes like Autumnwatch where you appear.


Apparently, every time you're on TV, the cat gets up and strokes you.


Well, sorry, Sweetpea, I am not a cat fan. I am a dog fan, but I will


make an exception just for Sweetpea. Who is doing this bit? Is it me?


Iolo, here's some film filmed by Kimara McCrindle who works in the


Marine Discovery. Let's have a look at that film. Can we see it? What


do you make of that? Apparently, this is the very first time - we


tried to get some footage from the BBC library of this. This is


actually a dwarf sperm whale. We couldn't find any photos, nothing


at all. That's all we've got. One of the runners drew a picture of it.


Here we go. Who drew this for us? Nicola. I like that! A round of


applause! Well done, Nicola. think this is a first, isn't it?


is. It's a first for UK British waters, the first time it has been


seen here. It's a very odd one. It's the smallest of all the whales.


It's smaller than three metres, so some of the dolphins are bigger


than it. Tiny. It is, and usually found further south. They don't


usually come further north and Spain - across there in a line to


sort of Central America, Brazil, and they go down as far as South


Africa, but they don't come up this way, so that is the first one ever


seen. But the other thing, of course is they don't blow. They


don't advertise themselves. When they come up, they just come up


quietly, then go back down. They usually feed quite deep. One of the


amazing things about them is they have this red oil - you know like


squids and octopuses will squirt out ink? They have a red ink, which


is a defence, so it's an amazing mammal and one we know little about.


Fantastic we're still seeing new things in the waters that surround


our country. It's brilliant, and a lot of these new things are in the


sea. Two-thirds of the world is ocean, and there are so many things


down there we know very little about, and you don't have to go far.


You just have to dive or even go rock pooling. You'll sometimes find


weird things in there. That's one of the fantastic things about this


whole thing. We keep saying autumn is a great time to do it. It is.


Here is one from Linda from Antwerp in Belgium - we have viewers in


Belgium - hi, Belgium. She was on Skomer earlier in the year and she


was wondering when the puffins leave, where do they go? That's


God's own country, God's own country. Five years ago, I'd have


to tell you we don't really know. They go out in the open ocean where


they survive, avoid the winter storms, but over the last five


years, scientists from Oxford University have attached


geolocaters on to puffins. We know where they go. The odd thing is


they don't all go to one place. They scatter. Some go to the north-


east Atlantic Ocean. Some go up as far as the Farrows. Some go to the


North Sea. Some go to the Med. The odd thing is if one goes there one


year, it will go back the next year. Puffins just scatter. Puffins in


the Med! Whatever next, Chris? That's where I would go. What about


some photographs from our Flikr site? We haven't had many of those.


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 59 seconds


Take a look. Here's a montage of I think they're fantastic. He's off


again. Stop it. I didn't say anything. You didn't need to. Shall


we do our favourites? MP Goodley of the snipe. I think it's great


because you don't instantly know what it is. How does a snipe with


its beak preen the back of its head? It reaches around using its


long neck and it's accessing... Come on! What do you mean? No, they


have a very long neck. Feet - competition - apparently somebody,


no names, thinks they use their feet. To do what? The back of their


head. I thought you said preen gland! What sort of beak has he


got? A rubber beak! Now he's going to claim he's a little bit short of


hearing. This is my favourite. I would have wallpaper like that.


Wouldn't you? Wouldn't that be gorgeous around your room? This is


taken by Lee Yatesix. This is beautiful. It's very difficult to


photograph animals in flocks or herds because trying to get them


all in the right place where they don't overlap and trying get some


little distraction like that little mess of widgeon over there - I


would go for this one as my favourite - simple, plain,


symmetrical - I would go on Photoshop and lighten this eye to


balance it with this one, but I think this is a very powerful image.


This one was taken by Richard Nichool. Shall we see what our


audience think? Go on. Put your hands up if you think Chris's is


the best. Put your leaves up if you What about the wallpaper, chaps?


You bribed them all! You do. cheque's in the post. A couple of


weeks ago we asked you to send us photographs of the largest house


spiders you could possibly find. We have had a number of photographs


sent in. Now we know that a lot of people - we don't want to lose you


as viewers, we treasure you as viewers. In the corner of the


screen will be cute seal cubs for to you focus on while the rest of


us talk about spiders. Just stare at the corner and go "oh-oh" whilst


we deal with spiders. Show us the photos. Gosh, help! This is Alan


from Essex. That is enormous. I think it might be dead! This is


nice. It too will be dead! That's an interesting scale. Are you sure


that is liquorice? This one, this might be our winning one at the


moment. Yes, it is. Oh, that's huge! It's enormous and it measures


an incredible 14 hadn't 5 -- 14.5 centimetres. I love this graph.


This is a great graph. It really, really is. We have extended it,


look, it's had an add-on here. This is a miserable tiny spider. We have


had fine spread. Come on, we want to spread it. Continue to send your


giant spider pictures. The seals are still there! We have to move on.


Right, here is a special guest. Who am I talking to? This week I was


lucky enough to have that amazing encounter with the foxes, let us


now see - watch out behind you, if we can have another encounter with


a fox. Come on in. Lovely. Now this is Jeff. You are


Jeff. Yes. Please tell White House is this -- please tell White House


is this. Roxy, she is ten and a half years old. How did you come to


be with Roxy? Roxy was tied up on some railings when she was about


three months. We done a rescue and brought her back. We didn't release


her because she was too tame. So now she's the angel. She's the


sanctuary mascot. I believe you take her round to schools and so on.


Do you all sorts to tell people about foxes. We do. We do education


talks on foxes, we take them around schools, do shows and she loves it.


Put her down on the ground. Oh, she's off! She's very alert.


Absolutely gorgeous. Right, do you want to sit down? Yes. We have some


questions. Yeah. How do you tell the difference between a male and


female fox? She is female, obviously. Yeah, a male is a lot


bigger and are more thicker. This time of year they have obvious


testicles, the man, we won't go into that in detail. That's a bit


of a giveaway, that one. Only if you can see underneath F you see


them from the front you can't see the testicles. The testicles grow


dramatically this saoeupl of the year, they start off cashew size


and turn into wal -- into walnut size. She's relaxed down there. Why


do foxes have such thick luxurious tails, do they serve any purpose?


They are for warmth. A fox kurpls up -- curls up and the tail is for


warmth. As you were saying, Chris, they're used for display. They wrap


them around their nose, which is the only bare skin they have got.


It's balance, as well. When they run, it has a counterbalance as


well. It is more luxurious in winter. It thickens up. Is she all


right there? Yeah, she's looking around. One more quickly: I have


seen crows and magpies harassing foxes out and about in fields


during the day, why would they do this? Territorial. We have had a


seagull attack Roxy. But why, because they're thinking if she was


a wild fox, when they're nesting she could then be... That's it, yes.


You told me as well that she lives happily with your dogs? She does,


walks with four dogs and will only eat chicken, but it has to be


cooked. She won't eat raw meat. think the staff at the trust are


pleased about that. Just in case she gets off the lead. She doesn't


like swan. One more. People who haven't toys or teddy bears in the


garden, child's toys, they wake up and find toys, the foxes bring them


in. It's common. If you leave shoes out as well, they love the smell of


shoes and will pinch them and roll in them. She's quite ripe, the fox.


There is a smell over here. You could be enjoying the full benefit


of Roxy. I like the smell. I had a couple when I was a kid like this


and it reminds me of that, the whole house smelt like that. My


room stank a bit! For the best part of three years. Thank you very much


for bringing her in. It's been How are you going to get her out


from there? Come on. While we try and extract our gorgeous fox we


should give the answers to our quiz. Leave her, she's fine. She didn't


want to go. Did anybody get it right? Most people did. I told you.


Chris, are you going to give us the answers? I am, but they're trashed


by the fox. Here we are. I don't need the the answers, I can


remember. Did many people get - are we going to name any people? Steve


Knowles and Graham Westen. answers were Mouldywarp was a mole,


good thinking. Don't answer them all, give them a chance! I have to


find my notes, because I had interesting things, here we are. It


comes from the German language, it means soil and throw, mouldywarp.


Dirt tosser is the quote. Sea pie? Come on, oystercatcher. They come


from the sea obviously and don't eat oysters in this country, the


American ones do and we stupidly copied the American name. Broc?


Easy, a badger. The Gaelic name for badger. Lastly, Yaffle? Green


wodpecker indeed. Many folk names for the woodpecker, its laughing


call, yapping dale, it's suggested it brings on rain. Apparently


Bagpuss - was that an educational prog? Fans will remember Professor


Yaffle based on a woodpecker. People who had better things to do


with their time won't remember that at all. Chris tkorbgs they do that?


Yaffling making that call, is it a precursor of bad weather, rain?


mate, that's a folk tale. I thought it was science! It's not science!


am going to mention ladybirds, we have had loads of people saying


they have seen an unusual amount of ladybirds and why is that and


they've been asking loads of different questions. Go to the


website because we have an interview with a ladybird expert


who will answer all of those questions for you. Don't look at me


because I have no talkback left in my ear whatsoever! We have some


questions. Can I just throw one straight in for you. Kirsten is


desperate to hear Iola say "puffling" again and could you just


say it for them. Here we go. Go in tight, OK. Puffling. Once more?


Puffling! Can you walk over and do it now? Calm down! In fact, you can


walk over - for goodness sake, it's saeury. -- scary. A question, why


do some sea birds stand on one leg? It's a way to keep warm because


they have veins near the surface on the leg and if it's cold then it


will lose heat. So what they do is tuck one leg into these warm


feathers here, use the other leg and when that gets cold they pull


that up and the other one down. Actually they put the other one


down first or they would fall. your socks. From Steve, my daughter


wishes to know if there are cases of badgers with claustrophobia?


That's a fantastic one. Are there any? As far as I know every single


one lives in a sett, so probably not. It wouldn't be an evolutionary


stable strategy. We have a barn owl update. We asked you, I don't know


if we have a picture, yes, we have. We asked you to help out if we


could find a friend for our little barn owl chick that was abandoned,


if you remember that. It's the lower one here. That was the one we


actually met on Unsprung and here is the little friend. Thank you


very much. That's fantastic. They've feathered up a lot. Thank


you for that, perfect. I am going to wander to the map, while Jo


tells us about things to do this weekend. All weekend the National


Trust have a wildlife spotter event near bath. On Sunday from 9.30 to


12.13 there is a wildlife walk in Norfolk. And a planter tree event


near Oldham. You don't need to book for those. Tkpwubg to our website,


put in your postcode and you can find other things. What are all


these things? They're commemorations. Newport Wet lands


and the RSP B has 100,000 Starlings. The marine show we did, get out on


to the beaches, help clean beaches up because we did feature that,


that there was a lot of rubbish on the beach. I have to tell you


something quickly, I met somebody here in a camper van and they had


decided, due to Autumnwatch and Springwatch, that they would rent


their house and go on the road and go bird-watching around the country.


They've been on the road a year. I said when are you going back? They


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