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Autumnwatch 2010: Dorset is a 'top spot' for wildlife
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Autumnwatch 2010 presenters Chris Packham and Kate Humble on how Dorset is a 'top spot' for wildlife

Autumnwatch, currently showing every Thursday evening on BBC Two, is turning its attention to Dorset.

Presenters Chris Packham and Kate Humble have said the county is one of the most bio-diverse parts of the country.

Speaking while filming in Poole, Kate said: "Dorset is lovely, and it's a fantastic place to see a range of wildlife. It's like an 'eco-resort'".

Chris Packham added: "There's lots of interesting species here."

Migrant birds

Avocets
Over 700 avocets can be in the waters off Brownsea Island

The Autumnwatch team have been exploring Dorset including Brownsea Island, Arne nature reserve and Hengistbury Head.

Chris Packham said: "Being on the coast, Dorset is a good place to look for migrant birds.

"Those that are leaving wait here until the weather is good before they make the jump out into the Channel.

"And in the winter time, it's filled with waders - and that will be the same along much of the Dorset coast.

"It's a top spot."

700 avocets

Chris Packham is very familiar with Dorset.

As a teenager, he would go bird spotting on Portland and on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.

He said: "On Brownsea right now are 700 avocets and I am terribly excited.

"Way back in the 1970s, there were probably none and in the 1980s there were only a few.

"But the way the island's lagoon has been managed [since then] is fantastic. It's now very rich in wildlife."

Autumnwatch is on Thursdays at 2030 on BBC Two




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