The upcoming series of BBC Two’s Springwatch is to be filmed in West Norfolk, it was announced today.
Presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will be broadcasting live from Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham when the prime time programme returns on Tuesday.
The 4,000-acre estate, which last month launched a series of tours, is a haven for insects, birds and wildlife, including beavers, with its farmland, heath and wetlands.
The other presenters, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke, will be based in The Highlands of Scotland and Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.
Wild Ken Hill project manager Dominic Buscall said: “We’re extremely excited to co-host Springwatch this year.
“We are greatly looking forward to celebrating the best of British wildlife, as well as sharing the important and innovative work we do at Wild Ken Hill and hopefully providing a message of hope for the recovery of nature in Britain.”
Wild Ken Hill takes a three-pronged approach to the land, with rewilding, regenerative farming and traditional conservation techniques carried out in harmony.
A BBC spokesman said: “During spring, the live cameras will give our audience an intimate glimpse into the exquisitely hidden nests of lapwing in the tussocky grasses, avocet out on the open scrape and perhaps even rare turtle doves in the thorny tangles of scrub.
“It wouldn’t be Springwatch without a blue tit nest and in the ancient woodland, a wealth of our beloved songbird species are nesting alongside fearsome predators – including Goshawks.
“Out on The Fen our cameras will capture the wonder of the newly introduced beavers. And with two males having joined the already established females at the end of last year, there could well be the possibility of beaver kits.
“There is plenty to whet the appetite of any entomologist with insect populations waiting to be unearthed; in sandy habitats the rare Breckland Leatherbug might be glimpsed.
“Overhead populations of bats take over as the hunters of the night and Chris and Michaela may even be able to glimpse of the Barbastelle bat, one of the UK’s rarest species of mammal.”
The first episode is to be shown at 8pm on Tuesday on BBC 2. See www.wildkenhill.co.uk for more information.