TELEVISION presenter and naturalist Chris Packham chose Poole to end his ten day 'Bioblitz' campaign.

The finish line to the project, which included visits of 50 wildlife sites across the UK, was the Birds of Poole Harbour HQ.

Chris' campaign aimed to highlight the biodiversity of British wildlife, providing data which can be used to assess the health of the countryside over time.

Before setting off on his mission in mid July, Chris explained: "I want the 2018 UK Bioblitz campaign to be a detailed and complete wildlife audit, a ten day snapshot of the state of our wild places and what lives there."

During the initiative Chris' team visited sites in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

Arriving at Poole Quay with his crew, he boarded a ferry with 50 lucky Poole schoolchildren and the Birds of Poole Harbour charity team, before taking a cruise around the harbour for a spot of birdwatching.

Paul Morton, from Birds of Poole Harbour, said: "To have Chris and his team finish his campaign here in Poole Harbour was a real privilege.

"Over the ten days they visited some areas that were in dire need of environmental change but they were keen to finish here on the south coast because of how rich our biodiversity is and to highlight how some areas are getting it right."

After returning the the Poole charity's quayside headquarters, Chris spoke to a crowd of 200 people about his campaign and the future of British biodiversity.

He then spent another hour meeting and speaking with visitors about wildlife and the environment.

A charity spokesman explained: "Chris started in the Scottish Highlands, criss-crossing the UK and helping the survey effort along the way, from the smallest insect to the largest deer and everything in between.

"Specialists, amateurs, and enthusiastic naturalists have helped immeasurably along the way, including members of the public who have come along to events to listen and learn about the UK’s fantastic biodiversity."