Around a hundred grazing animals, including Exmoor Ponies, Tamworth Pigs and Red Poll Cattle roam free at Wild Ken Hill. Pictures: Ian Burt

BBC2 cameras are to return to Wild Ken Hill at Snettisham for Springwatch, it has been confirmed.

It comes as the 4,000-acre site said  this week it is to host a one-day festival, Gathering, “to celebrate the natural world,” in the autumn.

From May 30, presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will broadcast live programmes over three weeks on the estate, a haven for insects, birds and wildlife.

Wild Ken Hill’s nesting season will be in full swing as remote cameras allow intimate views into some of the nests.

Viewers will also be able to see live cameras on a bee colony, watching closely as the queen bee arrives and as the colony grows throughout the live transmission.

Later on in the year, Gathering is set to be held on September 17, 9am to 9pm, which will see writers, authors and  speakers entertain audiences about the natural world, through discussion, readings, workshops and performances. 

Dominic Buscall, project manager at Wild Ken Hill, said: “We hope Gathering will give our visitors unforgettable experiences in nature which have a lasting impact and foster greater connection with the natural world.

“At Wild Ken Hill we have always been committed to engaging audiences about farming in nature, hoping to inspire audiences to help address our biodiversity and nature crises. 

Gathering is the next step on that journey; we hope it will be an inspiring, fun, and thought-provoking day.”

The day’s programme will include environmentalist, broadcaster, and writer Mary Colwell who will talk about her work with Curlew, Britain’s most endangered wading bird.

Benedict Macdonald, author of Rebirding and forthcoming Cornerstones, will join Tony Juniper, chairman of Natural England, to discuss nature recovery in the UK. 

Biologist turned-naturalist and writer Dr Amy-Jane Beer will speak about her forthcoming book The Flow and lead a walk into the Wild Ken Hill woods.

Gathering will feature a selection of guided tours into woodlands and beaver habitat across Wild Ken Hill, available throughout the day.

Families can enjoy activities in a children’s area, as well as booking onto sessions at Little WILDlings Forest School, where children are given the freedom to explore and play in the woods.

Ruth Dillon, director of Gathering said: “I am so excited to be directing Gathering at Wild Ken Hill. The day is going to be hugely inspiring, with an incredible programme of leading authors, practitioners, and creatives.”

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