Enjoying “Springwatch”

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As I’ve had a rather busy day, I decided I would have a relaxing half hour watching the final “Springwatch Unsprung” programme for this season. One of presenter Chris Packham’s special guests for this evening’s programme was Dr. George McGavin, a specialist on insects. George feels these creatures are often overlooked. This is largely true, but I’m not sure I agree with him when he suggests we should eat insects! I didn’t realise until this evening that it is possible to make flour from insects and therefore you can have bread made from that flour. Would that be more palatable?

George McGavin also presented a 90-minute documentary about the life of an oak tree, which was shown on BBC television last year. It was full of fascinating facts: if you get the chance you should watch this if you haven’t already done so.

I’ve watched as many of the “Springwatch” programmes this year as possible – I usually do. There’s always something new to learn. Some of this year’s highlights included having a camera on a golden eagle’s nest, and a camera on a little owl’s nest and the regular filming of an indefatigable stoat mother and her eight kits. Roll on “Autumnwatch”!

Walking to the hairdresser’s in the sunshine this afternoon, I realised I am lucky to live on an estate where there are several grassed areas, as well as the woodland and pond. I was able to hear and see house sparrows on roofs, bees buzzing in hedges and hoverflies settling on colourful flowers.

A lot of houses now have front gardens bursting with colour, which is very cheering. You can look up and see swifts in the sky and hear birdsong as you go along.


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