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  • Forum Reply: Re: BBC Spring Watch at Ynys-hir!

    Confirmation from us at Ynys-hir also including a sneak preview video! http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/groups/ynys-hir/blog/archive/2011/05/06/springwatch.aspx We are very excited to get a glimpse of the secret lives of some of our wildlife from nestbox cameras etc. and to share this wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Wet and wild

    Despite the fact it's June, there seems to be little let up in the wet and wild weather we've been having over the last week with Ynys-hir looking particularly atmospheric on last night's show. The weather has already taken its toll on some of our Springwatch favourites, with six of the ten...
  • Blog Post: Cables and cameras

    More springwatch preparations today with generators arriving, cables laid to some of the wildlife hubs and microphones set up near the heronry. The duct and fibre optic cable has been laid to the Visitor Centre from the Studio location and we will hopefully be getting these connected early next week...
  • Blog Post: The last day of the series

    The last day of the Springwatch series has finally come and some of the stars of the show have timed things to perfection. I was watching the web cams at lunch time and lo and behold, despite my low expectations, one of the common sandpiper chicks hatched! Over the afternoon more hatched and as I...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers unsprung

    How lucky we are to have such a wonderful team of volunteers here at the reserve! Photo credit: Eleanor Bentall (rspb-images.com) We quickly realised that existing staff would not be able to cope with the anticipated increase of visitors to the reserve whilst BBC Springwatch was on site and we...
  • Blog Post: The highs and lows of Springwatch

    It's been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster on Springwatch this week. A high note was the fledging of the remaining blue tit chicks on the Springwatch mini cams yesterday. If I'm honest, I was starting to get a bit worried for them, especially as the weather has felt more like autumn than spring...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch day 3 - come on over and see for yourself

    It's day three of Springwatch and there's plenty going on. The Springwatch team have been busy around the reserve, putting up loads of new nestcams. Hopefully we'll get introduced to some new faces tonight as well as catching up with some of the familiar ones. I even spotted a camera bobbing...
  • Blog Post: From the stars of the small screen to the stars in your garden

    There's been some incredible wildlife footage on Springwatch this week. The nest cams have brought us all the action from inside blue tit and chaffinch nests, we've seen the first ever footage of moles underground and last night Springwatch cameraman Lindsay managed to capture some brilliant...
  • Blog Post: After the storm

    What a traumatic few days it’s been. As you’re all probably aware, mid-Wales suffered a storm of almost biblical proportions at the end of last week with 5 inches of rain falling in just 36 hours. The damage to local villages was horrendous with many properties evacuated and millions of pounds...
  • Blog Post: So long Springwatch

    The Springwatch series is now over and the reserve will slowly get back to normal. The production village is full of vans and vehicles; equipment is packed away and our overflow car-park is full of lorries waiting to take away portacabins, tents and production vehicles. The live studio will be transformed...
  • Blog Post: 4 days to go and counting!

    With just 4 days to go, almost the whole Springwatch crew are now onsite and it's busier than ever! We've been sneaking around taking some pics to show you how things look when the cameras pan out... Our humble tractorshed has been transformed into the Springwatch studio... And...
  • Blog Post: Bye for now, BBC Springwatch

    Almost three weeks have passed and the last episode of the BBC Springwatch series was broadcast last night. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable, exciting and educational journey for all of us here at Ynys-hir reserve and has made Springwatch addicts of us all. We little realised, many months ago now...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch is almost here!

    With only a few days left before the live shows start, the production village is now complete and the producers and presenters arrived yesterday. Last night, a 'welcome to the community' event was hosted in the mess tent at the production village with good numbers of the local community turning...
  • Blog Post: The first week of springwatch

    Well, what a springwatch week it was! Superb photography ranging from underwater filming of pike, close ups of insect life and moles underground. Badgers and foxes, pine martens and boxing male and female hares (as well as jumping mice in the mammal stump). The mini cameras on site have shown a great...
  • Blog Post: Another wet day

    In true British bank holiday style, the weather has turned poor here again, with rain yesterday and more rain forecast for the rest of the week. Early nesters, like most of the blue and great tits on the reserve, have fledged their young, but it'll still be difficult for the adults to find enough...
  • Blog Post: how many nest boxes have you got? Ynys-hir has 245!!

  • Blog Post: Sad news at Springwatch

    Although not a regular Facebook user, I had a quick look at the BBC Springwatch page this morning and was dismayed to hear of the overnight death of 'runtie', the smallest of the nuthatch chicks. Although I know this happens often in nature it's still sad news. Programmes such as Springwatch...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch oystercatchers, barn owls, buzzards and swallows

    I know you’re all eager for news of the progress of the nests we watched on Springwatch! The oystercatchers were checked on again this week and they are still sitting tight on their rudimentary nest on top of the 8ft stone wall. We first started watching the oystercatcher’s nest on the...
  • Blog Post: Buzzards on camera

    Well, the first live broadcast of springwatch went out on the air last night and what a superb programme it was! The aerial shots of the reserve were brilliant and I particularly liked the shots of parts of the reserve taken in February and then again in May; the contrast between the bare, grey, starkness...
  • Blog Post: Something for everyone

    A contented visitor remarked on leaving today that although the car parks were heaving, he hardly saw a soul all day, once he had hit the trails. Ynys-hir is that sort of place; large, diverse and very, very interesting. So don't be put off by the throng (although they do seem a very happy bunch...
  • Blog Post: Purple Heron; springwatch hopeful

    Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 How splendid that the first ever Purple Heron for Ynys-hir should turn up the day after the springwatch announcement; news travels fast among the hopeful celebrities of the bird world. This species has been expanding its...
  • Blog Post: BBC Springwatch is here again

    Excitement is mounting as the first live broadcast is due from the reserve next Monday evening. The BBC Production Village, on a neighbouring farm, has been completed and all the cables, cameras and associated technical equipment have been set up. Our tractor shed, cleared of reserve equipment, has been...
  • Blog Post: The second 'live' day of BBC Springwatch

    The second day of BBC Springwatch is here and, after watching last night's programme, I can't wait until 8pm tonight! It was a fascinating and informative programme throughout, but I particularly enjoyed the underground filming of the moles - a species I rarely see though evidence of them here...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch preparations

    Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Our sturdy tractor shed is undergoing a spectacular makeover into the Springwatch studio. This imaginative construction will compliment the stunning back-drop...
  • Media: soon to be the BBC Springwatch production village