North-east nature reserve set to feature in episode of BBC’s Countryfile

A TV presenter has helped mark a new nature reserve in the North-east.

BBC Countryfile’s Joe Crowley has helped Mar Lodge Estate launch as the newest, and also largest, nature reserve in the UK in its next episode on Sunday.

Joe joined National Trust staff, volunteers and chairman Sir Moir Lockhead for the celebration at the Linn of Dee.

The popular programme spent two days on the nature reserve, filming stories showcasing its varied habitats, wildlife and conservation work for an episode which will air on Sunday, on BBC One.

A sign made from larch and inscribed with the words “Mar Lodge Estate, National Nature Reserve” was unveiled by Joe and pupils from Braemar Primary School as the filming came to an end.

David Frew, operations manager at Mar Lodge Estate, said: “We hope that this new status will raise awareness of all that Mar Lodge has to offer and will encourage many more visitors to come and experience this amazing landscape and learn more about our charity.”