Welcome to the Drunkbirder Broadcasting Corporation’s Springwatch 2011 website. Join Chris Packham, Martin Games-Hughes and Kate Humble as they take a look at the exciting events taking place with springs.
As usual we will be bringing you all the action from the world of springs but this year we want to to join in and send us your photos and videos of springs in your area. We have cameras at various locations and hope to bring you some of the best spring action around.
This year Springwatch has moved to the beautiful village of Haworth in Yorkshire to the Airedale Springs Ltd nature reserve. Set in the wonderful Worth Valley more famous for The Bronte Sister, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and setting for the wonderful film The Railway Children starring Jenny Agutter and that toothy bird from Man About The House.
The reserve survived a massive fire in August 2010 which destroyed the historic mill. Thankfully this has not hindered the Springwatch filming.
The exciting news is that for the first time ever we have got cameras watching a family of clock springs. Cameras have been in place since February and we have these exclusive picture of the newly forged springs with the parents.
As you can see female clock springs are much larger than the male and young clock springs are forged every two days. We’re not sure but we think this is a survival strategy. Older siblings have been known to eat the younger clock springs in lean years.
As is usual on Springwatch we will be following a family of Wire Springs.
These wire springs are unusual in that the male is very bright in his breeding plumage, after breeding the male moults into a oil covered winter plumage which over the winter wears off to reveal the stunning reds. Females are more subdued and juveniles do not attain adult plumage until their 4th calendar year.
If you have any video of springs please post them on you tube and send me the link so we can make this the best Springwatch ever.