AVID viewers can tune into the New Forest’s own soap opera this spring – following the ups and downs of rare birds of prey.

Live from 40ft up in the trees, last year’s soap addicts witnessed chilling cliff-hangers such as sibling rivalry, fatal diseases, murder and even cannibalism.

From Friday, April 5 A Date with Nature returns with live cameras placed high in the forest to show birds of prey in their nests as they breed, hatch eggs, feed chicks and teach young how to fly.

Visitors will be able to watch a birds of prey journey through the breeding season live from the Forestry England-managed New Forest Reptile Centre, near Lyndhurst, or see it online at the Forestry England or the New Forest National Park Authority’s websites.

The project is a joint venture between the RSPB, Forestry Commission, New Forest National Park Authority and exclusively filmed by Carnyx Wild.

A Date with Nature in the New Forest runs daily from April 6 to September 1.