I don't watch much television - except political programmes and sport. But if I'm in, I do watch whatever is on at suppertime (8.00ish) . Perhaps I should refine that to being in the same room as the television at suppertime. OK if its a quiz or a gardening programme. Tonight there was some really top class wildlife coverage. The BBC really excelled itself.
Firstly there was Bill Oddie, whom I'd stopped watching over recent years, while he was part of a puerile double act with a young woman. But tonight it was great. Bill's antics seemed somehow more acceptable when there wasn't this woman fawning al over him. Some great stuff on dippers, which I've seen in the Rhiew. And quite a funny piece on whether the collective noun for rooks should be a 'Parliament'. Rooks are noisy, argumentative, and forever nicking each others partners for illicit sexual activity. When Bill said that the older 'more senior' rooks claimed the best central locations in the rookery for their nests, I thought immediately of Portcullis House. Anyway, Bill thought he'd made his case.
There was also a good item about the re-introduction of beavers into the Scottish wild lands, something that I'm all for. And then it was a programme presented by a Johnny Kingdom. He could also become very irritating, with his exaggerated accent, but tonight's item on brown hares was terrific. I'm very fond of hares. These lovely creatures were the reason I gave up shooting about 40 years ago. I used to love rough shooting (not the killing frenzy that the guns seem to enjoy today), and nothing more than lying out under the horizon, shooting them in the moonlight. My last shot for fun only wounded the hare, and it screamed pitifully. It sounded like a baby. I haven't shot for fun since. Tonight's programme was about moving brown hares from where they are still plentiful to where they are now scarce. If this works, I would be keen to re-introduce them onto my farm.