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Springwatch 2010 in Dorset: Behind the scenes
Sue Paz, BBC Dorset
By Sue Paz
BBC Dorset

A Springwatch 2010 cameraman at work in Kimmeridge Bay
A cameraman films the 'beautiful views' at Kimmeridge Bay

As Springwatch 2010 draws to a close, BBC Dorset takes a look behind the scenes, as Simon King and his team explore Kimmeridge Bay.

During their three week stay in the county, the team also visited RSPB Arne, Wareham Forest and Abbotsbury Swannery near Weymouth.

Becky Steele is the researcher for the Simon King team.

She said: "At the heathlands of Arne and in Wareham Forest we were spotting reptiles and hunting dragonflies.

"I also got to go out with a cameraman, filming the hobbies [birds of prey] with high speed cameras.

'Great fun'

A view of Clavell Tower from Kimmeridge Bay
Engineer Mike Bass explained that the outdoors has become his 'office'

"These slow down the action, so you can clearly see everything that's going on.

"We also explored chalk downland habitat for woodland creatures like roe deer, plus we followed a swan family at Abbotsbury Swannery, which was great fun.

"Kimmeridge was part of 'coast week', so here we've been diving and discovering what's under the water in Dorset."

Mike Bass has worked as a communications engineer on Springwatch for the past five years.

One of the highlights for him this year has been working in Dorset.

He explained: "It's such a lovely county - my favourite place. I come on holiday here a lot, with my family.

"Plus, working on Springwatch the outdoors becomes my office, I'm working somewhere different everyday, with a fantastic bunch of people - you can't put a value on that."

As Mike explained though working on the programme is not always as "idyllic" as it looks.

Filming foxes

Inside one of the Springwatch 2010 trucks
Dorset's Springwatch team work out of satellite trucks 'in the field'

He said: "We're running a three or four camera unit that needs to be rigged, from scratch, in a different place everyday.

"Each site has its own problems and the weather also affects us.

"We've had a couple of days when it's been really, really wet and that slows things down - big time."

Ian Collins is the VT (video tape) supervisor.

He said: "We've got edit systems back at the hotel where all the video inserts for the programme are edited.

"My responsibility here is looking after these inserts once they arrive on site for transmission - making sure they get to air in the right quality.

"One night we were watching foxes. We had to stand by for some fox action and if anything had have happened while we weren't on air, we would have had to record the action, and then be ready to play it out on air as soon as we were broadcasting live again.

"Of course never work with children or animals as the saying goes, because the foxes never showed.

"Another thing we do is record still shots for the credits at the end of the programme. So we're always on the look out for a beautiful view like the one we have here at Kimmeridge Bay, or a stunning sunset, for example."




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