Springwatch 2018 has kicked off and already it has been full of wonder, guided along by the exuberance, knowledge and enthusiasm of hosts Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan. Like last year, the base for the show is Sherborne National Trust Estate in Gloucestershire, which has proven again to be a wonderful setting for the season due to its stunning scenery and diverse array of wildlife. Just a selection of the Springwatch wildlife visible at Sherborne are: badgers, cygnets, foxes, mini muntjacs, little owls, and many other bird species. There are cameras this year on nests of Mandarin ducks along with those of Blue tits, Marsh tits and Wrens. The show also travels further afield, with presenter Gillian Burke up in the Shetland Isles, keeping track of seabirds and with an eye out for Orca (or often referred to as Killer Whales).
The drama began early, with footage of a male Sparrowhawk interrupted while snatching a baby Starling by none other than a rabbit! The Sparrowhawk dropped the young Starling, though we can’t be certain whether it survived after it scrambled across the forest floor.