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Pensthorpe Natural Park, will take centre stage during this evening’s episode of The One Show.

Broadcast on BBC1 from 7pm, The One Show will share highlights from its recent visit to Pensthorpe, a 700-acre nature reserve in Norfolk, to learn more about the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s integral work to help protect endangered bird species, the curlew.

The One Show’s Mike Dilger visited the nature reserve to speak with Chrissie Kelley, head of species management, to discuss the trust’s work to protect the UK’s highest conservation priority bird species. Numbers of curlews have been declining at a staggering rate, resulting in nearly half the breeding population being lost over the last 25 years.

BBC TV's One Show at Pensthorpe with Mike Dilger, third from the right. (51749712)
BBC TV's One Show at Pensthorpe with Mike Dilger, third from the right. (51749712)

Following the latest curlew release at Sandringham Estate, which was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, The One Show came to see the chicks that have been incubated and reared at a purpose-built facility at Pensthorpe – following the removal of the eggs from Ministry of Defence sites in the East of England.

The Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, which was founded in 2003, has been rearing the young curlews by hand until they’re old enough to fly and be released back into the wild.

Chrissie said: “Here at the trust, we’re so pleased to be able to share our work with The One Show and for its viewers to see the importance of conservation projects – it's vital that the public is aware of the protection that is needed to save endangered species like the curlew.

“There are many other species that we strive to protect here at Pensthorpe, and we hope showcasing just one of our projects helps to inspire people about the part we can all play to help protect our most endangered species."

Pensthorpe Natural Park is home to four stunning gardens, including a spectacular meadow and beautiful lakeside environments, as well as woodland walks, nature trails, and a variety of habitats teaming with wildlife such as wetlands, woodlands, farmland and grass.

Every visit to Pensthorpe supports the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust – a portion of the admission fee goes directly into various conservation projects.

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