Is everybody watching? What's everyone's opinion? I really like the format and there's plenty of adult humour to give me a chuckle. I used to think most of innuendos were accidental but now I'm not so sure. I particularly enjoyed the radio tracking of snakes the other night because I have done this. The snakes I was tracking were a little more dangerous though (bamboo pit vipers).
I like the format. They have settled into a good routine, introducing information about new species, including some more serious topics and research and also the close-up stories like the stickleback which appeal to the general public - making it very approachable. Also it is based in one of my favourite places. And the rapport between presenters is good. I did not use to watch it but think it is much better now.
Personally I never watch this program any more as I found the inane banter of its presenters as extremely juvenile and irritating bordering on vulgar, by all accounts this program seems to be turning into top gear complete with its own leader board!
They also seem to refer to just about “anyone” who comes on the program as an expert or a naturalist, studying and watching wildlife does not “necessarily make one an expert” or a naturalist, only a reassembly informed person no matter how many years one has practised the art for. It would seem that just about anyone and his dog is a naturalist these days, Charles Darwin was a naturalist but certainly not some of the ones that appear on Springwatch.
The views of one Mr Packam are extremely distasteful and hurtful, as well as downright idiotic, for instance the stopping of cancer research for one, and children should be allowed to trespass and light fires in the woods and generally cause a nuisance. Have you ever heard of anything so - I’m sorry but at this point I am lost for words, except to say I caught some children lighting a fire on my property only the other week during that heat wave we had, there they were with a huge fire and breaking glass bottles just to add to their fun and games. If I had not have caught them no doubt they would have burnt down the entire wood taking my nearby home with it!
Do not take me wrong dear reader I take enormous pleasure seeing my grandchildren and their friends having fun and building dens on my property and encourage them to do so at every opportunity, but would they like children trespassing on to their property without asking permission first I very much doubt it!
No one was more adventurous in the countryside than I and my pals when we were children but we certainly did not go around causing havoc as they seem to suggest the children of today should do.
Mr Packam does have a point in “some areas” (taking care of our planet for instance) but he has gone a little too far with “these suggestions,” I would just like to add one last point on cancer research if I may, if he had to endure the experience of his nearest and dearest having to go through a serious cancer operation and all the pain and anguish it inflicts on one’s family he would not have made such silly insensitive remarks. If it was not for the remarkable work of the marvellous doctors and nurses my dear wife would not be alive today of that I am sure, thank goodness for cancer research is all I can say. One member of my family just happens to be a Macmillan nurse perhaps I should tell her not to bother as you are not needed any more!
I have provided this link where all these remarks were stated just so you can see what I have been referring to; as you can probably tell by one’s tone I am more than a little annoyed by his crass remarks on this topic.
If I may I would just like to make one last point I was also told they visited a farm that was supposed be keen on conservation as well but as it turned out this was a shooting estate yet this fact was not mentioned, conservation this is not. Everyone knows that Pheasants in large numbers are bad news in the countryside do they not, it would seem that Springwatch need to do a little more research first. Game estates tend to support the songbird survival organisation and we all know what they call for, - the culling of Sparrowhawks and buzzards to name just two items, I believe hunting is another area they support.
I am most certainly not suggesting” that this farm supports songbird survival or any other similar organisation but it is most certainly a shooting estate that invites guns from far and wide this information was sent to me because as you may know I am sent all relevant information on conservation as it is another area I am concerned with.
Of course this farm employs a gamekeeper too to cull any predator another piece of information that was not mentioned, this would most probably include foxes, stoats, weasels, carrion crows, and any other predator they consider to be a treat. But in all reality all the farmers need to do is to stop farming in way they do today, we do not need shooting estates and gamekeepers to cull everything that walks, flies, and crawls, left to its own devices mother nature tends to cope very well indeed on its own.
Post by stigofthedump on Aug 30, 2015 11:10:44 GMT
In our household its one of those programmes that we watch every year and constantly criticise as we do so. I think it does a great deal of good in enthusing the general public to the wildlife around our country.
As for Mr Packam, I hold him in great respect. I think he is an honourable man, I'm not entirely sure that the said piece of journalism was written to represent what he really meant. We all know how the words we say can be misrepresented or exaggerated.