The BBC has reassured viewers that they will still see UK wildlife on Springwatch, as the special episode will run in addition to the UK ones. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. One viewer wrote on social media: “Please say we getting the usually UK Springwatch or I’ll be turning off. Look forward to seeing all the UK wildlife every year. Please BBC don’t change the format and bring don’t bring us another foreign wildlife show.”Another said: “It is UK wildlife we want to see, there are already plenty covering overseas. Don’t muck about with this programme, we like it how it is.”One said that other countries “can have their own Springwatch”, writing: “Like many others I hope Springwatch is in the UK Other countries can have their own Springwatch surely.” Springwatch is facing a backlash after the show announced it was going “on tour” to Japan.The programme has traditionally focused on UK wildlife, with viewers enjoying the wonders of the British countryside from badgers to hares.So, when the announcement came that it was going abroad, many were dismayed. And another said they look forward to seeing the new life every year in the UK: “I look forward to seeing all the hatchlings and new babies of the natural world in the UK.”Springwatch announced the decision in an animated video uploaded to its Facebook page on Tuesday night. The video included the slogan “Springwatch in Japan, cherry blossom time”. The show has also heavily promoted this trip, plastering its Facebook page with Japanese blossom.It is the first time a whole Springwatch show has been based abroad, although viewers have previously seen presenters in Africa looking at cuckoos and Estonia for Bewick swans.