The Countryfile team (pictured below) report on rural and environmental issues at various regions across the UK. As part of this Sunday’s focus on Essex, the programme will show presenter Ellie Harrison exploring Foxearth Meadows (pictured) – the country’s only nature reserve managed specifically for dragonflies.
As the BBC schedule tells us, Ellie ‘gets up close to these highly coloured and fascinating insects’. From the comfort of their own homes, Countryfile viewers will be able to join Ellie on her trip to the site. Visitors will be especially welcome at the reserve in the week following the programme.
Politicians, conservationists, church leaders and families have already been united in an event to officially open Foxearth Meadows. Around 150 local residents opened the reserve on the Essex-Suffolk border by cutting a 100-metre-long ‘eco-ribbon’.
‘What a fantastic way to do a ribbon-cutting ceremony,’ said Braintree parliamentary candidate James Cleverly. ‘Never before have I seen community engage like this in the opening of a site for wildlife.’
Other guests at the opening event included – Sudbury Deputy Town Mayor Sue Ayres, Sudbury Methodist minister Rev John Boardman and Braintree District Council’s Deputy Leader Wendy Schmitt. Wendy had described the site as ‘perfect’ after a previous visit there.
‘It’s somewhere beautiful for local residents to commune with nature,’ said Wendy, who is Cabinet Member for Environment and Place. ‘It’s a unique piece of landscape.’ (Photos: BBC Countryfile)