Monday, 6 June 2011

Springwatch at Cottontails

I am a massive fan of Springwatch and have been in my element since the new series started last week, but if there is one thing I don't like, it's the fact that rabbits only ever seem to feature as furry suppers at the bottom of raptors' nests :(

So I have decide to make a Cottontails version of Springwatch, where bunnies have a rather more significant role to play!



So, welcome to 'Springwatch at Cottontails', a series of blog posts which will run throughout June to follow the adventures of some of our local wildlife.

Here are our opening credits where you will get a glimpse at our three rabbity presenters:





And here they are on the Springwatch sofa - meet Rabbit Packham, Bunny Humble and Martin Hughes-Carrots:



Using state of the art technology we have set up cameras in several key locations around the garden including Next Box 1, Pampas-Cam and Mouse-Cam.

Here is Bunny Humble outside our first location, Nest Box 1:



And here is Rabbit Packham checking out camera at our Pampas-Cam site:



But to kick things off this week, Martin Hughes-Carrots has been down to visit Mouse-Cam and see what is happening with some of these favourite Springwatch residents...




It looks like we have selected a good location amongst the logs - Martin quickly spotted evidence of mouse occupation:



And it wasn't long before we were able to film this footage:





What a lovely creature! Mice are of course well known for their reticence in front of the camera, but Martin will be spending plenty of time monitoring Mouse-Cam and we hope to bring you lots more footage later in the week.

Well, that's it for our first installment of 'Springwatch at Cottontails' - but stay tuned for regular updates and stories over the next few days, including a report from a guest naturalist on the controversial project trialling the reintroduction of dragons to the bottom of the garden...



Thanks for joining us!

10 comments:

Leaff Design Ltd said...

Fantastic Charlotte! I particularly liked the sharp head turn of Humphrey towards the camera, and the commentary of the mouse footage! The whole lot was very amusing and creative! Looking forward to the next instalment!

magpie bessie said...

adorable and fun!

arabbitblog said...

Ha! I am not familiar with "Springwatch" but this is very cute and funny, Charlotte. "We think this is a female by the red flowers on her dress" -- love it =:)

LissyLou said...

that is cute!!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh that is wonderful - 'we think this is a female because of the red flowers on her dress' = classic!

Bumpkin Bears said...

Oh Charlotte this is just fantastic, I can't wait for more, more, more :) I have been loving watching Springwatch too. You must send these links to the Springwatch team on Twitter! Thanks for the smiles. Catherine x

The human said...

Absolutely brilliant! So creative! Are you going to ask viewers to send in their sightings like on the real springwatch?

sue15cat said...

Absolutely brilliant!!

Sue xx

Rabbits' Guy said...

Better than the real thing ...

Caroline Gill said...

Brilliant! I hope you will throw a link to the Springwatch site/message board ...