Springwatch is set to reach its climax on Friday (11 June), with the show finishing up it’s three chosen locations for 2021.
Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk, Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland and Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Scotland are the three chosen locales this year.
The 2021 series has been filmed and broadcast from these locations for three weeks, instead of broadcasting from one main hub as in previous years.
Here’s everything you need to know about Springwatch’s 2021 locations.
Where are the Springwatch 2021 locations?
Wild Ken Hill, Norfolk
Chris Peckham and Michaela Strachan will be hosting from Wild Ken Hill, a rewilding agriculture project in West Norfolk.
The 1,000 acre wetland area is currently being used by the project to demonstrate how land can be farmed sustainably. The area is a mix of forest-grassland mosaic, mixed forests, wetlands, and heath and sandy areas.
There are over 2,500 species within the area, including lapwings and turtle doves. The area is also home to a beaver reintroduction site, where it successfully saw the reintroduction of the Eurasian Beaver.
Project manager at Wild Ken Hill, Dominic Buscall, told the Eastern Daily Press that they are “extremely excited” to co-host Springwatch.
“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,” Buscall said.
You can learn more about the rewilding location on their official website.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scottish Highlands
Iolo Williams will be hosting up north from the Scottish Highlands at the Alladale Wilderness Reserve.
The Reserve is located in the Sutherland area of the Scottish Highlands, just one hour north of Inverness, and is filled with 100 square kilometers of rugged mountains, forests, rivers, and lochs.
The area will be perfect for Springwatch viewers, with the potential for an impressive array of animals to be captured on camera. In the area are European bison, wild boar, golden eagles, and white-tailed eagles, plus many more.
You can learn more about the Alladale Wilderness Reserve on their official website.
WWT Castle Espie, Northern Ireland
Springwatch will be crossing the Irish Sea for the first time with Gillian Burker set to be based in Northern Ireland.
Burker will host from the country’s only marine nature reserve, WWT Castle Espie, on the banks of Strangford Lough.
The castle is long gone, and the land is now a wintering site for a host of bird species.
Speaking to Country Living, Chris Peckham said the location is “one of the most exciting and biodiverse marine environments we could access."
Castle Espie’s main draw is its magical mix of wide estuary views, tidal lagoon, eel-grass mats, woodland walks, salt marshes, and reed beds, as well as the presence of Ireland’s largest collection of native and exotic water-birds; and the abundance of habitats for other wildlife.
Among the bird selection is brent geese, bats, kingfishers, linnets and numerous other songbirds. Viewers may also be able to spot some otters.
You can learn more about Castle Espie on their official website.
How do I watch the Springwatch 2021 live cameras?
The Springwatch 2021 team has live feed cameras rolling 12 hours a day between 10am and 10pm from the morning of Tuesday 25 May, until the final show on Friday 11 June.
You can watch the live feeds from the Springwatch website, and through their various social media channels.
The feeds are also available to watch on BBC iPlayer, and the BBC’s YouTube channel.
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