Home Ground comes live from Mount Stewart

It's no secret that I love a challenge and there's certainly no shortage of excitement with live telly... news is one thing but working with wildlife (and Gavin Andrews!) is an entirely different ball game.Jo Scott
Date: 02.05.2019     Last updated: 02.05.2019 at 11.37
BBC Northern Ireland’s Home Ground comes live from Mount Stewart on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Beginning on Monday 6 May on BBC One Northern Ireland at 7pm, over the course of three nights (May 6, 8 and 10) presenters Jo Scott and Gavin Andrews with reporter Ruth Sanderson will be in the grounds of the National Trust property and surrounding Strangford Lough area.

The Home Ground team will be meeting some of the people who keep the Mount Stewart estate going throughout the year, taking cameras behind the scenes to find out just what it takes to keep the estate running, as well as checking out the local wildlife, including red squirrels, badgers, horses and raptors.

The team will also be out and about along the shores of Strangford Lough and visiting some of the islands, meeting local producers and farmers who make their living from the land and the waters of the lough.

Strangford Lough is one of only three marine nature reserves in the whole of the UK. Jo Scott joined the Environment Agency on an annual survey, to monitor the health of the lough..

Spring time is always a busy time on the farm and Gavin lends a hand delivery new born lambs and tagging one-week-old calves.

While Ruth Sanderson has been joining volunteers to help in the formal gardens while finding out more about the history of the estate.

Jo Scott says: “It's no secret that I love a challenge and there's certainly no shortage of excitement with live telly... news is one thing but working with wildlife (and Gavin Andrews!) is an entirely different ball game.

“Home Ground Live is the icing on the cake for me, it's like having a super privileged window into the world of nature quite literally on our doorstep. Getting up close to some of the wildlife on the shores of Strangford Lough will be fantastic, not to mention sampling some of our very finest home- grown food and drink.”

Gavin Andrews says: “Spring is a truly a special time of the year and hopefully viewers will get a glimpse of Mount Stewart and the surrounding area at its very best and our genuine love for the programme and passion for nature will undoubtedly shine through too!”

Share your pictures of springtime where you are with the Home Ground team during the week using #homegroundlive

The series is made for BBC Northern Ireland by Below The Radar TV.

Home Ground Live is on Monday 6 May, Wednesday 8 May and Friday 10 May, on BBC One Northern Ireland at 7pm.

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