I was almost tempted not to watch this years Springwatch. It has become a bit samey and Bill gets dafter as the years go on. Bill mate relax, remember how you presented Birding with Bill and Oddie Goes wild? That's what we want, it was superb.
Still as they had changed venue I thought I'd give it a go and I'm rather pleased they have. It looks like someone has put something in Bill's tea as it seems more restrained this year. The odd moment but not too bad.
The change of venue has helped as there are many new species to look at. The Little Ringed Plover close ups are superb as was the Treecreepers the other night. I still don't get Simon King's role (and sorry I think John Aitcheson would do a better job) and I think the best sections are the pre recorded bits showing us what is in our gardens or just about. The Pine Marten in someones roof in Scotland the Bank Vole in someones garden, superb! (Gordon Buchannan is pretty good). And there are moments of high drama, a male swallow committing infanticide.
They do tend to stick to birds (the cute, Blue Tits - ah! and the impressive - Osprey) and mammals. How about a piece on Dragonflies or the migration of the Painted Lady Butterfly.
Still its a better programme than it has been for a few years.