“And that’s allowed me to see how they work basically by chatting with their staff,” Chris continued.
“I see how the whole process works and that’s helpful because more often, I’m actually working with the recipient of some of that money and it is an astonishing amount of money, about £2.2 billion that will have gone into environmental courses in the last decade.
“These projects are sometimes small in terms of their financial assistance. Sometimes medium, sometimes they’re large and those larger projects that would never happen without Lottery assistance.
“I’ve seen the results of that. I’ve stood in the fields, on the mountainside, and alongside the banks and riversides across the UK where the £13 million raised each week for good causes has been put to very, very good use environmentally.”
Springwatch will return to BBC Two later this year.