If you have visited our glamping Dorset abode before, then you may well have been to visit the RSPB Reserve of Arne in Poole Harbour. This popular destination has recently been unveiled as the new home for BBC’s Autumnwatch nature programme, for the first time in its history.

A group of Sika Deer near QU’s glamping Dorset abode

The new location has been officially confirmed as the most biodiverse region in the UK. Within ten miles of Wareham, there are more species of animals and plants than anywhere else in the country.

There is good reason as to why the team behind Autumnwatch have selected this beautiful Dorset destination. Actually, there are several reasons; there’s a magnificent range of different habitats, including woodland and lowland heath, as well as rivers and estuaries, coastal scenery and marshes too. Additionally, Poole harbour acts as a wonderful micro-climate for wildlife to thrive in, and as such creates one of the warmest places in the UK, which is an ideal refuge for animals and plants against the harsh weather of autumn and winter in the UK. Furthermore, Dorset is treated to 364 more hours of sunshine than the average here in the UK. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, much of this area is protected and managed in the best way possible by a network of tireless conservation organisations.

As of last night (Monday 24th October) and the following three nights, including this evening, the Autumnwatch crew will be visiting many of the sites on the Isle of Purbeck (of which Arne is part) which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They will also visit Brownsea Island which was voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2013, and is looked after by the National Trust and the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

You can look forward to seeing some of the UK’s most superb wildlife in their natural habitats, including the spoonbills, sika deer and red squirrels, along with varieties of bats and reptiles.

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