How Springwatch was sprung: the history of a national institution

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Tuesday 5 June, 5:45pm-7:00pm, We the Curious, Bristol, BS1 5DB, £5.00 per ticket

As Festival of Nature takes to the streets of Bristol and Bath for a celebratory 15th Festival, another group of Bristol wildlife-lovers will also be in the midst of an important milestone – the annual production of Springwatch.

Since 2005, the BAFTA award-winning programme has been an enduring success on TV, web and social media, delighting audiences with its unique blend of realtime wildlife dramas, conservation stories and audience interaction, with its innovative ways for the audience to get involved. Peter Coates and Susie Painter from the University of Bristol have taken on the mammoth task of mining the past, and join us to share the very special history of what is now a national institution. Former Springwatch producers Tim Scoones and Stephen Moss share their behind-the-scenes view of their favourite moments, memories and wildlife stories, as the series enters its 14th year.

  • Peter Coates is an environmental historian with a particular interest in animals, large and small. He has written books on salmon, invasive species and rivers and is currently working on creatures like eels, mosquitoes and American animals ‘over here’ (such as the grey squirrel, muskrat and signal crayfish).
  • Tim Scoones was, until recently, an Executive Producer at the BBC Natural History Unit, leading the Springwatch team for over a decade. He is now a freelance consultant in conservation and media innovation.
  • Susie Painter is a Research Associate at University of Bristol and, until recently, a Producer of wildlife programmes at the BBC Natural History Unit. She worked for a season on Springwatch.
  • Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers, who now teaches an MA in Travel & Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. He was the original series producer of Springwatch.

This event is kindly funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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