Springwatch Diary: Huge effort goes on behind the scenes to bring you Springwatch

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier - Credit: Archant

When I watch Springwatch, much like when watching my favourite Hollywood blockbuster, I find it so easy to become totally absorbed in the incredible world the director and stars invite me into.

But, like any good big budget film, if the director has done his job well, I never ponder the manpower, rigs and technology that have been necessary to bring extraordinary tales to life.

To bring Minsmere to our screens is taking 110 members of BBC staff, 8.5km of fibre optic cables across the reserve and 47 cameras. No mean feat!

However, the result is well worth the behind-the-scenes efforts of the BBC and RSPB, as Springwatch beams the beautiful and the brutal, the hidden and the hideous in full technicolour glory to 30 million viewers across three weeks.

This can't fail to inspire more people to care about our incredible natural world which, as we are seeing, can easily compete with Hollywood's plot twists, drama and cliff hangers!


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A tour of Minsmere – Island Mere

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Have you been enjoying the view from the BBC Springwatch studio at Minsmere? The beautiful vista across the reed beds and lagoons is known as Island Mere and is home to especially rare reedbed species such as bitterns, marsh harriers and bearded tits. The Island Mere Hide is one of the best places to watch wildlife in the UK, and is fully accessible to all visitors. Watch the soap opera of species as you get delights such as bitterns wrangling with eels, marsh harriers sky dancing and great crested grebes displaying. Who needs EastEnders when you have the intrigue of the natural world!

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