THE BBC’s Springwatch 2023 will be based in Dorset, it has been announced.
RSPB Arne will be the ‘main location’ for the show, which gets underway on May 29, with presenters such as Chris Packham on site.
And other spots across the Isle of Purbeck and wider Dorset will also feature, including Poole Harbour, Durlston Country Park and Swanage Bay.
Dante Munns, RSPB area manager for Dorset, said: “We’re really excited to welcome back the BBC to RSPB Arne nature reserve, as we host Springwatch for three weeks from May 29 to June 15.
“The BBC were last with us for Winterwatch 2017, which was a fantastic experience.
“We’re delighted that audiences will now be able to discover RSPB Arne and its wonderful wildlife from the comfort of their sofas, and at its peak time of year where the air buzzes, flaps, and slithers with new life.”
She said it was a chance for viewers to find out more about the ‘amazing’ wildlife in Purbeck.
“It’s also at the forefront of innovation when it comes to working together with dedicated partners and passionate local communities to protect Dorset’s nature, and help our wildlife thrive now and long into the future,” Dante said.
“RSPB Arne nature reserve is at the heart of the UK’s first ever Super National Nature Reserve, Purbeck Heaths. Here, the inspirational work of the RSPB and partners has protected and restored nature on a massive scale.
“We hope BBC Springwatch will showcase and celebrate these collaborative stories achieving huge wins for Purbeck’s nature, as well as all the wonderful wildlife that calls RSPB Arne home.”
The news comes just months after several Dorset locations hit screens in Sir David Attenborough’s Wild Isles series, broadcast earlier this year.