Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, near Fakenham, will host Springwatch - the BBC's popular wildlife series presented by Chris Packham and Kate Humble - for three weeks from 31 May 2010. Photos by Martin Barber.
Chris, Kate and the team spend the Thursday afternoon before the first live programme doing a full rehearsal. Here they are sitting on the bank of Moon Pond - a new location on the reserve for the 2010 series.
Springwatch has a 'live' crew who are responsible for the main programme, Unsprung and red button content, while a team of wildlife cameramen and mini-camera specialists seek out the animal drama on the reserve.
The main Springwatch production village is home to nearly 100 staff. Here the location team can observe all the wildlife drama as it unfolds on the reserve and keep in touch with the latest UK nature stories.
Max Hodgetts is one of the camera operators on Springwatch. Here Max is recording aerial 'general views' of the reserve from a 50m (164ft) hoist to be used for establishing geography shots and in the closing credits.
Giant expanding lorries that contain the Springwatch production gallery, edit suites, sound department and story developers have created a network of shingle lined corridors throughout the production village.
Springwatch 2010 is broadcast in high-definition for the first time which means a new control gallery for the team. During the live programmes the gallery is home for the director, vision mixers and producers.
Springwatch director David Weir (right) works with the vision mixing team to decide on the camera shots and locations around the Pensthorpe reserve that will be used in the live programme.
As the technical team checks everything is working in the gallery, in the production office Martin Hughes-Games (centre) starts to plan Springwatch's new red-button pub quiz and photo club programmes.
"Everyone is rushing around with cameras looking for the creatures that we're going to feature and the production office is buzzing with a degree of anticipation and a few nerves," said presenter Chris Packham.
Louise Wilcox is the Springwatch sound supervisor. The Pensthorpe reserve is now covered with more than 30 microphones connected by 5km (3 miles) of fibre optic cable with the furthest microphone 1km from the studio.
"We've had an unusual spring this year… it's been a very confused season but we're still in the time when there's the bulk of activity when it comes bird breeding and the drama that happens in the nest," said Chris Packham.
Three teams of story developers keep watch on the many mini-cameras hidden around the reserve to ensure the best wildlife drama reaches our TV screens and live web-streams at bbc.co.uk/springwatch.
The story-development teams are on shift from 0400-0000, recording hundreds of hours of material during Springwatch's three-week stay in Norfolk.
Chrissa Geering is one of the seven strong picture editing team based at Pensthorpe. Springwatch 2010 will be exploring the county's wider habitats including the Broads, the Brecks and the north Norfolk coast.
"Springwatch is one of the most exciting things that could have happened here. It's one of those things that is so special, it's almost impossible to put into words," said Pensthorpe's co-owner Deb Jordan.