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Springwatch: Episode 1  (2005)

Springwatch viewers surveys and sightings

A groundbreaking and massively successful live broadcast, the first ever episode of Springwatch was broadcast in March 2005. Presented from a working Devon farm by noted twitcher Bill Oddie and wildlife enthusiast Kate Humble, the production offers an intriguing look into British species reappearing after the cold winter.

In conjunction with the series the BBC, together with the Woodland Trust, ran the largest ever survey into the arrival of spring. Encouraging the public to record their first sightings of six key species via the internet, this first episode revealed the initial findings and looked at the impact climate change is having on native species.

Revealing action from a number of hidden cameras in and around nest boxes and burrows, the hour long episode also features renowned wildlife photographer Simon King on location on the Isle of Mull, observing a family of white-tailed eagles. Hugely popular, Springwatch has now become an annual event and is credited with raising awareness of a wealth of flora and fauna within the British Isles.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Associate Producer: Molly Fry
Designer: John Ellis
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Davies
Dubbing Mixer: Steve Williams
Editor: Giles Luckes
Executive Producer: Fiona Pitcher
Graphic Design: 422 Videographic design
Make-up Artist: Lisa George
Music: David Poore
OB (outside broadcast) Camera Supervisor: Colin Hazelwood
OB (outside broadcast) Director: David Weir
OB (outside broadcast) Engineering Manager: Ian Dewar
OB (outside broadcast) Sound Supervisor: Paul Cunliffe
OB (outside broadcast) Stage Manager: Royston Horsley
OB (outside broadcast) Stage Manager: Iola Protheroe
OB (outside broadcast) Vision Mixer: Roger Sutton
Photography: John Aitchison
Photography: Mark MacEwen
Photography: Eric Huyton
Photography: Peter McCowen
Photography: Richard Taylor-Jones
Photography: Scott Tibbles
Presenter: Bill Oddie
Presenter: Kate Humble
Presenter: Simon King
Producer: Miles Barton
Production: Colin Jackson
Production: Ben Aviss
Production: Rebecca Bangay
Production: Jolie Bradfield
Production: Mike Dilger
Production: Bridget Jeffery
Production: Jackie Savery
Production: Ben Sexstone
Production Co-ordinator: Katharin Gilbert
Production Manager: Ann Varley
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Researcher: Rosie Gloyns
Senior Producer: Stephen Moss
Sound: Tim Hunt
Sound: Gary Moore
VT (video tape) Supervisor: John Burkill
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