‘We got it wrong!’ Chris Packham apologises for Springwatch error as BBC show criticised

Springwatch: Michaela Strachan addresses missing show

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Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan were in Norfolk last night bringing updates on the animals they have been watching closely for Springwatch. Midway through the BBC Two show, Chris and Michaela spoke about the ideal elements a woodlark needed in order to thrive and before moving onto the next segment, the presenter wanted to address an error the show made in a previous clip. 

“They’re [woodlark] quite fussy, aren’t they? They need a bit of diversity, let’s show you quickly on this map what they need,” Michaela said and the two walked over to a poster. 

“They need something to eat.. they need an area to lay their eggs… they need somewhere quiet because they are ground resting birds… and they need trees so they can perch and sing. 

“They need four hectares, that is the area that is suitable for our woodlarks.” 

Chris explained how Wild Ken Hill had adapted their land to create better needs for the birds: “They’ve got herds of cows here, and they range widely over the habitat. 

“They’ve also got groups of pigs shuffling around, turning over the soil, breaking that open and woodlarks love bare soil for foraging. And they’ve also got a herd of Exmoor ponies out here as well. 

“Now all of these animals are herbivores, they’re all doing different things to that environment, they’re modifying it that is natural. 

“And at this point in time, not forever, it is perfect for these woodlarks,” he added. 

“While we’re on these domestic animals, we have to acknowledge a little mistake that we made last week. 

“We did infer in one of our films that horses chew the cuds and they were ruminants.

“Well we knew that they weren’t of course, this was something that was a mishap in the edit when we changed the film around. 

“So we apologise for that, of course,” Chris commented. “But I would like to add one note, we love to be corrected, and we’re always happy – I particularly put my hand up and say we got that wrong – we like to be corrected in a polite way. Just bear that in mind.” 

Those watching Springwatch took to Twitter to praise Chris’ remarks. 

Spot on Chris, too many know it all’s on Twitter waiting for you to make a mistake  #Springwatch,” someone said. 

Another wrote: “Well said Chris. Would rather not think about the abuse about the horses #springwatch.” 

Chris politely dragging the hashtag trolls <3 #Springwatch,” a third mentioned. 

One other wondered: “@BBCSpringwatch how can anyone be rude to Springwatch?” 

“Haha Brilliant from @ChrisGPackham inviting the trolling dullards to go hence to a dark place in a most polite manner  #springwatch @BBCSpringwatch,” someone else added. 

Tonight, Chris and Michaela return with episode 10 of 12, and they are hoping to see a rare turtle dove. 

Gillian Burke, on the other hand, is getting close to young Manx shearwaters in Northern Ireland and Iolo Williams ducks into the river at Alladale to look for lampreys. 

Springwatch returns to BBC Two tonight at 8pm. 

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