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News - June 2012 - Springwatch at Paxton cancelled

Bad news!
This morning I said a sad goodbye to Mark, our Springwatch camera-man. The programme's main control centre at the Ynys-hir RSPB Reserve, near Aberystwyth, has been evacuated due to floods. All of the web-cams are down and they will struggle to get the show back on air on Monday. You can follow events at the Springwatch website. It looks a total, soggy mess, but I'm sure they will get something going again. Presenter Iollo Williams has gone over there to lend a hand and our cameraman has gone to finish up the story of the peregrine family on a church in Bath where the chicks are about to fledge.

Mark managed to get some good footage of cormorants, herons and nightingales here so we may see Paxton on some BBC programmes later in the year. I have heard that they are doing a 60 minute Summerwatch programme soon. All the same, we are all really disappointed. I know Ray Matthews (chairman of the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve) and Phil Smith (local film maker) put in a lot of time on this programme and a lot of you were really keen to see us on TV, but there will be another day.

I'm really sorry. (see more at www.paxton-pits.blogspot.com )

Jim Stevenson
Senior Ranger
Mark, the BBC's Springwatch camera-man, at Paxton Pits