Springwatch presenter Chris Packham opens new £1m Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Bournemouth Echo: OFFICIALLY OPEN: TV presenter Chris Packham and the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Rodney Cooper open the new Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre OFFICIALLY OPEN: TV presenter Chris Packham and the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Rodney Cooper open the new Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

WILDLIFE lover Chris Packham was the star of the show at the official opening of the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre.

The naturalist, nature photographer, author and presenter of BBC2’s Springwatch officially opened the new £1million attraction to the delight of fans and budding young nature experts.

Along with the Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Rod Cooper, and representatives from Heritage Lottery and Canford Environmental, Mr Packham marked the official opening of the resource and learning centre by unveiling a special plaque.

He said: “This is being used by a great breadth of people – not just nature geeks or geology geeks but everyone.

“Part of my job is to go onto television and enthuse about wildlife and tell people about it.

“I think that is simply a way of showing people wildlife and exciting them, but to get the reward we have to get out ourselves.

“You have got to get out – touch it and feel it – get slimed, bitten and stung by it.”

Pausing halfway through his speech, he asked the crowd for quiet to listen to a skylark.

He added: “What we need are centres like this to provide resources to excite young people.

“We have got a fantastic resource in the UK but we have got to make sure people develop a deep-rooted affinity for it.”

Thanks were also given to the volunteers who help run the centre for their dedication and support.

Opened to the public earlier this year, the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, based near the Iron Age double dykes at the main entrance to the headland, boasts an array of interactive exhibits.

As well as cameras set-up to record the peninsula’s many bird species, the centre contains artefacts covering the history of the area.

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7:26am Tue 15 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

They missed the opportunity to get him on photo on the Noddy train?
They missed the opportunity to get him on photo on the Noddy train? BIGTONE
  • Score: 7

7:31am Tue 15 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

And how much did he charge or was it a bargain deal, less than the his normal fee.
And how much did he charge or was it a bargain deal, less than the his normal fee. Lord Spring
  • Score: -12

8:14am Tue 15 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Lord Spring wrote:
And how much did he charge or was it a bargain deal, less than the his normal fee.
The same as you Springy..It was £50Ph. Has it gone up now?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: And how much did he charge or was it a bargain deal, less than the his normal fee.[/p][/quote]The same as you Springy..It was £50Ph. Has it gone up now? BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

8:24am Tue 15 Apr 14

Ophilum says...

Smug green BBC luvvie give me Bill Oddie anytime.
Smug green BBC luvvie give me Bill Oddie anytime. Ophilum
  • Score: -8

9:06am Tue 15 Apr 14

forest-dweller says...

The major looks dreadful - shades in an official photo. They may well be transition lenses, but it looks really bad.
The major looks dreadful - shades in an official photo. They may well be transition lenses, but it looks really bad. forest-dweller
  • Score: 2

9:47am Tue 15 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
And how much did he charge or was it a bargain deal, less than the his normal fee.
The same as you Springy..It was £50Ph. Has it gone up now?
I wish I could get £1000 for a brief appearance.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: And how much did he charge or was it a bargain deal, less than the his normal fee.[/p][/quote]The same as you Springy..It was £50Ph. Has it gone up now?[/p][/quote]I wish I could get £1000 for a brief appearance. Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

2:41pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Norman Stansfield says...

forest-dweller wrote:
The major looks dreadful - shades in an official photo. They may well be transition lenses, but it looks really bad.
Yeah, and the necklace : massively over the top. Mr T would be embarassed at that.
[quote][p][bold]forest-dweller[/bold] wrote: The major looks dreadful - shades in an official photo. They may well be transition lenses, but it looks really bad.[/p][/quote]Yeah, and the necklace : massively over the top. Mr T would be embarassed at that. Norman Stansfield
  • Score: 2

3:03pm Tue 15 Apr 14

G from Kinson says...

No wonder there is a budget overspend on this, what with Chris Packham's fee!
No wonder there is a budget overspend on this, what with Chris Packham's fee! G from Kinson
  • Score: 0

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