Charting the fortune of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful wildlife, Springwatch at Easter at 9pm on BBC2 tonight promises an enthralling hour-long episode based on the world-famous plants and animals around our coast. The programme will be coming from Stackpole and will feature some of our favourite Pembrokeshire spots such as Broad Haven Beach, Skomer Island and Freshwater East.
Spring has come about in a strange way in West Wales this year, following an exceptionally mild winter. Snowdrops shot up as early as the beginning of February in some regions and it didn’t stop there: daffodils, magnolia, fuchsias and even bluebells made an early appearance too. Tonight’s show will explain the full impact the mild weather had on our wildlife.
The episode will also launch the BBC’s big volunteering campaign ‘Springwatch: Do Something Great!’, encouraging viewers to get involved in voluntary activities aimed at providing UK wildlife with a helping hand.
Presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will launch the campaign by joining in on a beach clean-up at Freshwater West, a popular beach in Pembrokeshire. They will take a look at how plastics are damaging the environment and what people can do to help.
Meanwhile, following the closure of Skomer Island for the winter, Martin Hughes-James will be taking part in an island ‘spring clean’ and discovering the effects the winter has had on the island’s wildlife.
Sit back, relax, turn on your televisions tonight and let this Easter special from the BBC inspire you to get out and Do Something Great! Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast or you just like pretty birds, there’s plenty you can do to join in!If you find yourself enchanted by what you see and you’re itching to pack your binoculars and head to the area yourself, then don’t forget that we can help you find the perfect spot to unwind after a full day of exploring. Whether you choose to search for cottages in Pembrokeshire, escape to a cottage in Ceredigion or if you’d prefer to relax at a cottage in Carmarthenshire you will not be disappointed with the wildlife on offer in the area. If you can’t leave the dog behind, there are tons of dog friendly cottages in all those areas too.
To find out more about the best times and places to see the beautiful birds of West Wales, take a look at our Birdwatching guide.
Will you head to Skomer Island between April and July to spot the puffins that take ownership of the cliff-tops? Will you follow the trails through the Welsh Wildlife Centre to see kingfishers? Will you choose to hand-feed the rarest goose in the world at Llanelli Wetland Centre?
Whatever you decide, we wish you all the very best with your wildlife adventures this spring!