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End of an era as BBC Springwatch cabin taken down at RSPB Minsmere

PUBLISHED: 11:07 18 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 18 June 2017

BBC Springwatch presented Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan at RSPB Minsmere. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

BBC Springwatch presented Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan at RSPB Minsmere. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Charity bosses at RSPB Minsmere have said goodbye to the BBC Springwatch studio – marking the end of an era for the east Suffolk reserve.

The cabin is being dismantled. Picture: PAUL GEATERThe cabin is being dismantled. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Work to dismantle the cabin, which has become a recognisable landmark during its three-year tenure at Minsmere, took place towards the end of last week.

Although it is time to bid farewell, Springwatch’s legacy will live on through the interest it has brought to the area, chiefs have said.

Thanks to the success of the show, hundreds of wildlife stories from the reserve have been brought to life on TV screens across the country, they added.

“While it was sad to see the BBC Springwatch studio finally being dismantled and taken away from its temporary home on Whin Hill at RSPB Minsmere,” a spokesman for the RSPB said.

Signs go up to let visitors know the Springwatch studio is being dismantled. Picture: PAUL GEATERSigns go up to let visitors know the Springwatch studio is being dismantled. Picture: PAUL GEATER

“There is plenty to celebrate a year after Minsmere hosted Springwatch for its third and final year at the reserve.

“Saying goodbye to the studio, which became a recognisable landmark on the reserve, we can reflect on all the amazing wildlife scenes and stories the BBC were able to bring from Minsmere to people’s TV screens, the added interest in Minsmere and the Suffolk Coast’s many other outstanding wildlife sites, and a hugely successful collaboration with the BBC to make Springwatch at Minsmere such a great success for three years.”

The spokesman added: “The studio itself was only ever planned as a temporary building, and was always owned by the BBC.

“We’re pleased to see that it is going to be given a new lease of life at its new home.”

The BBC Springwatch Studio at Minsmere, which is moving to a new home after spending three years in Suffolk. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARYThe BBC Springwatch Studio at Minsmere, which is moving to a new home after spending three years in Suffolk. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Springwatch will now be broadcast from another part of the country, at the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

But Suffolk will still benefit from the Springwatch effect, tourism bosses believe.

A spokesman for Visit Suffolk said: “Not only does Minsmere provide one of the most unique natural habitats in the world, it has successfully put Suffolk firmly on the map.

“Viewers with very little experience of Suffolk will now at least have had a taster of what to expect.

“In addition to the series, Visit Suffolk has capitalised on BBC Springwatch, using it as a hook through social media and content to drive further inspiration amongst new and returning visitors.”

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