You heard it here first (I really wish I could have told you before… but I was sworn to secrecy!). This years BBC Autumnwatch will be broadcast live from Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset from 27 October to 6 November 2008.
Red Squirrel (courtesey of Wikipedia)
There should be plenty of red squirrels on show, along with flocks of wading birds on the lagoon. I can’t wait! Brownsea is about 6 miles from where I live in Corfe Mullen. It’s a beautiful island slap-bang in the middle of busy Poole Harbour. You wouldn’t know it when you go there it’s like being in another world.
I stayed overnight at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s “Villa” on Brownsea when I was taking part in a bat training course. Before we caught the ferry home in the morning (and before most other people were awake) I took a stroll along some of the island tracks. The air was clean and filled with the sound of birds, lizards lazed on fallen tree trunks and red squirrels jumped from branch to branch in the trees above. It really is an amazing place!
Common Lizard at Brownsea
So, if you fancy adopting your very own Brownsea Red Squirrel – you can! I’m definately thinking of getting one at Christmas for my niece (and maybe for myself…) I’m sure it will make a brilliant present. Plus you get a very cute fluffy squirrel. If you don’t fancy a red squirrel how about a Dorset Dormouse instead?
Common Dormouse (courtesey of Wikipedia)