Springwatch hosts Chris Packham and Hannah Stitfall react to incredible ‘magical moment’ live on air

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29 May 2024, 14:57

Chris Packham and Hannah Stitfall on BBC's Springwatch 2024

Credit: BBC

Springwatch returned to screens with a flurry of excitement when hosts Chris Packham and Hannah Stitfall were interrupted live on air by an unexpected guest. 

Springwatch 2024 is currently based RSPB Arne in Dorset, and will be situated there until mid-June, while filming for the show takes place.

During the first episode of Watch Out 2024 yesterday (28th May), Chris and Hannah were busy chatting through some viewer comments at the ‘Watch Out Bar’ when a nocturnal Nightjar, a rare breed of bird mainly found in the south west of England, started swooping in. 



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Initially only hearing its call, Chris quickly chimed in, pointing out the noise, before Hannah excitedly urged the camera team to turn around to catch the animal in flight. 

The talented operators were adept at finding the bird, zooming in while Hannah and Chris contained their composure. 

“I need a drink to calm myself down,” Chris said after catching his breath, while Hannah admitted: “I don’t know what to do with myself right now.”

The official Springwatch Instagram page shared the incredible clip, adding in the caption: “At first they could only hear it, then it appeared from behind the camera crew and swooped around our live set!

“One of the most magical moments ever!”

Overjoyed Springwatch fans rushed to commend the hosting pair, and their camera crew, for being able to capture the incredibly rare moment, with one viewer writing: “Hats off to the cameraman, he actually caught it at the end. Brilliant.”

Another commented: “Classic tv moment…. That’s why we love this programme and its team.” 

A third shared: “It was amazing. Loved seeing your delighted faces and screams of delight!!”

Springwatch 2024 is here to stay after fans said goodbye to Autumnwatch last year. Speaking with the Express in February 2024 about the future of the beloved spring series, host Chris revealed the show’s producers have been, as always, “plotting and scheming” for new ways to include voices from all generations on the show, plus working hard to ensure the show has a large geographical range though featuring segments filmed across the UK.

Springwatch 2024 airs on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer Monday-Thursday at 8pm.