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Lights, camera, action at WWT centre this autumn

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By Lisa Barbour
Lights, camera, action at WWT centre this autumn

POPULAR wildlife programme Autumnwatch will be filming in the region later this year.

NATURAL HISTORY . . . presenters Martin Hughes-Games, Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham are expected to film in the region later this year

The BBC announced this week that its presenters, which include Chris Packham, Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela Strachan, will visit WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, near Dumfries, for the 2015 series.
The 1500-acre wetland site, which is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, is home to 30,000 Svalbard barnacle geese and is one of only two places in the UK to house the tiny three-eyed prehistoric tadpole shrimp, which is one of the oldest species in the world.
Meanwhile, badgers are often spotted feeding directly outside the windows of the old farm, which is now a cafe and visitor centre, most nights.
Centre manager Brian Morrell said: “We’re really excited to welcome Autumnwatch, especially at such a special time of year.
“We’ll have thousands of geese and swans arriving from the Arctic to fill our wetland with noise and colour.”
He added: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming all the presenters and production staff.
“We’re as curious as they are about what they might find – you’ll just have to tune in to find out.”
Autumnwatch will air on BBC2 the week commencing Monday November 2 as well as online and on the red button.

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