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Dorset’s a winner on Springwatch

June 3, 2010

By Nicky Hoar

Communications Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Ok, you can say I’m biased, but watching the first Springwatch programmes this week, wouldn’t you choose to be in Dorset?  Compared to the chill of Norfolk, it looked balmy, bathed in light, blue skies, exciting wildlife and looked like the paradise that is – lowland heath in summer.  At last, recognition for our fantastic county.  It just made me want to be there and then I realised that I am here already – how lucky am I?! 

Insect-eating sundews on DWT's Upton Heath nature reserve

Out on Upton Heath in my lunch hour yesterday, insect eating sundews were waiting with evil intent to trap an unsuspecting visitor, young Dartford warblers were following their parents with insistent calling, tiny heath milkworts were showing bravely among the much larger heather plants, brightening the ground with their clear blue and white flowers.    This is one special landscape and I love it.

Showing now on Upton Heath - heath milkwort, courtesy of warden Nigel Brooks


But this is not the DWT nature reserve that Simon King will be (in fact already is) filming.  No, it is a very different reserve with different but equally enthralling wildlife on totally different habitats because of the different underlying geology.  Have you guessed where it is yet?  You’re getting warmer!  The rest of the BBC team will move across this weekend to join the lonely wildlife cameraman that one of our staff tripped over the other day (you just can’t see them because of the camouflage).  Hope it didn’t ruin the shots.  So far you’ve seen big, open landscapes and well-known if hard to spot heathland wildlife but from Monday join Simon at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s deepest Dorset hideaways and discover some of the jewels in our crown.  (There’s a clue there if you look for it).  And – we’ve managed to find a delightful fox family, so let’s hope they make the cut.

In the meantime, keep up with Springwatch, Dorset-style at


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  1. June 7, 2010 10:01 pm

    The footage of the Roe Deer was really something to savour. Hats off to the Springwatch cameraman that captured the moment when the doe returned to her youngster!

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