I'm not overly impressed with Springwatch. Bill Oddie's absence due to ill health and replacement with Chris Packham seems to have had no real change to content and presentation style.
Chris and Kate waffle for a few minutes then hand over to Simon King who waffles for a few minutes. And I'm shouting at the telly asking them to show me the wildlife!!
And the wildlife? Bird nests and badgers, actually I've nothing against the nests when its interesting. The Reed Warbler with the Cuckoo was fascinating as was the Skylark but come on.....
The live format alas doesn't work. A series of short 30 minute films would work better. One on the wildlife to be found in a garden, one on the coast, etc. Watch early episodes of Bill Oddie goes wild to see how this can work well. The one set in the village of Urchfont for instance.
And instead of more badgers zzzzzzz how about more on Butterflies (surely they could / should have made use of the Painted Lady invasion), Dragonflies? Squirrels? Hedgehogs? Mice? And I don't mean a jokey minute skit.
Live doesn't work as the Polecat is proving!