THE most successful interactive nature programme ever launched - BBC 2's Springwatch - is to be repeated this year and Daelnet readers can take an active part.
Swift in the nest: BBC Springwatch gets close to nature
Springwatch, with one-time comedian Bill Oddie as chief presenter, was pioneered last year and astonished TV professionals with its success. It attracted daily audiences of almost four million people - and this year is expected to bring in even more.
Using fixed cameras to view scenes like bird chicks in the nest, insects going about their daily routines and the blossoming of wild flowers and trees, it was expected to attract a minority audience at a time when reality shows and quizzes were thought to command the ratings.
Some critics went as far as to suggest that the show was a kick in the teeth for BBC top brass who were leading a campaign to "dumb down" the corporation's TV output to compete for mass audiences with ITV.
Whatever the reasons, last year's success has meant that this year's series, which starts next Monday (May 29), has been boosted with extra interactive features which allow viewers to join in via the Internet.
They will be able to build maps of wildlife in their areas and their reports of the arrival of different bird and insect species will be built into a nationwide data base. Anyone wishing to join the campaign should visit: