TV award for Springwatch’s Norfolk shows

The BBC nature series Springwatch has won a Bafta award for its hi-tech TV and online coverage of Norfolk's wildlife.

The programme was filmed at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve near Fakenham for three seasons, ending its final three-week run in Norfolk last June.

The 130-strong production team will receive a Television Craft award on May 8 in recognition of the show's creative and technical development, including high-definition (HD) broadcasts.

Last spring, Pensthorpe was rigged with 75km of cabling to allow feeds from more than 30 cameras to be beamed into millions of living rooms across the country.

The outside broadcast was estimated to be of comparable size to a major sporting event, with satellite trucks, mixing suites and production galleries based on-site in an area which became known as 'Springwatch Village'.

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Cameras were placed in nests and even underwater to record the life in and around the River Wensum, which flows through the reserve.

Executive producer Tim Scoones said the team was 'absolutely delighted' with the award.

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'It's been a fantastic three years,' he said. 'We've had such fun in Norfolk doing crazy things and innovating and working it on the TV and the website.

'It's a big prize for all of us including our wonderful audience, who have made it possible for us to do new things with broadcasting.'

Deb Jordan, who co-owns Pensthorpe with her husband Bill, said she was proud of the part the reserve had played in the award.

'We were delighted to hear that the Springwatch team has had their dedication and hard work recognised with this extremely prestigious award,' she said.

'The BBC team worked tirelessly to produce a series of such a high standard and it is especially gratifying for the reserve to have played such an integral part as the host of such an inspiring programme for the past three years.'

This year, the show, presented by Chris Packham, Kate Humble and Martin Hughes-Games, is expected to move to a new location in Wales.

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