Sunday, February 25, 2018

Seaside spectacular

When it comes to summer holidays, there's no better place than the seaside and if you know where to look you'll be surprised at the wildlife you can find. Whether it’s rockpooling on the beach, bird watching on an estuary or diving for seals at Lundy Island, you won't be disappointed with what you see. Boasting sharks, seahorses, cuttlefish and crabs, the UK's marine and coastal environment is rich, varied and fascinating. So should the inevitable summer rain arrive, at least you can watch the best video clips of that amazing wildlife, all in the comfort and dry of your own home!

Nature’s record breakers

Animal kingdom record breakers - how fast can a cheetah run, how heavy is an elephant and what's bigger than a dinosaur? Watch amazing video clips from the BBC archive and uncover the fascinating facts about our smallest primate, the longest stick insect and the most venomous snake. Meet the biggest, the fastest and the deadliest the natural world has to offer.

Garden wildlife

From badgers to butterflies and frogs to foxes, garden wildlife is both varied and surprising. More diverse than the rainforest and covering an area larger than all the UK nature reserves combined, gardens are essential green spaces where wildlife can thrive. Whether you own a balcony or back yard, window box or manicured lawn, this collection pulls together video clips of your favourite garden visitors.

Jonathan Scott: a wild life in Africa

Jonathan Scott's unique style brings an emotional warmth and depth to the portrayal of African wildlife that has created some of TV's best-loved animal characters. Born in Berkshire, England, Jonathan has spent most of his adult life living and working in Africa, following an overland adventure that changed his life. Since the early 1980s he has shared his deep love and knowledge of African wildlife with a captivated TV audience, most notably in the long-running series Big Cat Diary. This collection pulls together some of the highlights of a career touched by some memorable animals.

David Attenborough’s Madagascar

Like nowhere else on Earth, the mystery and magic of Madagascar leaves a vivid impression on all those who visit, and none more so than David Attenborough. Fifty years ago, Sir David went to film on the island for the early wildlife TV series Zoo Quest. With several return visits over the intervening years for numerous TV productions, the country and its wildlife has continued to capture both his and his audience's imagination. This video clip collection pulls together some of the best moments from those Madagascar films, captured over a time that has seen great changes both to the island itself and in wildlife film-making.

Life in slow motion

Slow motion filming techniques transform amazing wildlife moments into full scale events, and simple action into incredibly detailed video sequences. The results are impossible to imagine let alone perceive with the naked eye. When a sequence filmed at a high frame rate (fps) is played back in normal time (24fps), the action appears to slow down. As camera technology improves, ultra high-speed footage of over 1,000fps produces ever more astonishing images. Hidden secrets are revealed, new science is discovered and tiny subtleties in animal behaviour become perceptible. Explore some of the most memorable and glorious super slow motion sequences of the natural world ever filmed.

Garden birds

Nestcam close-ups, expert identification guides and specialist wildlife cameras give a privileged view of a very British obsession: garden birds. Whether it's to attract the red-breasted , the little Jenny or the sensational singing , we entice birds into our back gardens and outdoor spaces and witness the dramas of their fleeting lives. From the difference between garden, willow and wood warblers to an intimate view of the promiscuous , this video collection represents garden bird highlights from the BBC's wildlife archive.

George’s marvellous minibeasts

A video collection featuring bugs and insects in amazing close up selected by insect expert and TV presenter George McGavin, with Goliath spiders, killer centipedes, ants and moths. By no means everyone's favourite animals bugs - encompassing true bugs and other creepy crawlies - hold a special place in George's heart and led him to an academic career at Oxford University. Having worked as scientific advisor on Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth, George became a presenter in his own right. He is now loved and admired for his passionate engagement with invertebrates, whether in the jungles of Bhutan or the back gardens of One Show viewers.

Wild autumn

Autumn - a time of great change, of breathtaking migrations, of high drama. Its calmer moments of gorgeous light and rich colours contrast with the wild storms and cold snaps challenging wildlife's survival instincts. It's this combination of natural beauty and wild drama that makes filming our autumns so spectacular and exciting, as these video clips from Autumnwatch and other BBC wildlife programmes show.

Timelapse photography: speeding up life

Some of the most memorable sequences in natural history result from timelapse photography, an astonishing filming technique that opens our eyes to a whole new world. Slow-growing plants and intricate animal behaviours come alive thanks to the painstaking and delicate work of the specialist cameraman. An ordinary digital camera, taking photographs at intervals over a long period of time, is edited into a moving sequence, compressing time and occasionally exposing events that go unnoticed in real time. This selection of clips shows the technique at its best and most illuminating.

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