This Sunday, 13 January, at 7.00pm, the BBC 1 programme ‘Countryfile’ will feature Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve.

Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury, visited the reserve in December to film the programme and - to quote from Radio Times - 'finds out how a super food is providing the perfect habitat for shrimp and glimpses one of our rarest birds feasting on them.'

The programme will feature how important former watercress farms were for wildlife and how at Lemsford Springs the good management of this habitat can be a haven for wildlife and a special place for people to visit and enjoy.

Reserve Warden, Barry Trevis, said 'The programme will emphasise the importance of the presence of large numbers of freshwater shrimps in the spring-fed lagoons that many of the wetland birds rely on as their food source.

It will go on to give some details of the findings of the long-term Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) study that has been taking place here, which gives an insight into the lives of these incredible wading birds.'

The bird in the photograph was colour-ringed ringed at Lemsford Springs in November 2010 and has been present on the Reserve throughout each winter since then.

Lemsford Springs is a Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust nature reserve, near Welwyn Garden City. Access the reserve by collecting the key from the open porch of the Warden’s house, 11 Lemsford Village (adjacent to the Reserve’s gate) or contact Barry Trevis on 01707 335517. The gate key also fits the locks on both hides. If you are not a member of HMWT – a donation is requested!

See HMWT website for more information about the reserve.