Week three: Liz Bonnin's tales from the edge...
For our third week, Liz Bonnin joins the Springwatch Adventure Team to explore a rather strange and surprising world.
Prepare to be intrigued and amazed by the world at the edges of our human landscape, the places we like to forget about - the apparently empty docklands, the industrial "waste grounds", the seemingly dreary railway embankments and more. Intriguingly, these places provide wildlife with a unique opportunity to survive very close to us, creating a living landscape where humans and nature co-exist in close proximity, often unbeknownst to us.
Liz Bonnin will be exploring the strange world of the places we like to forget
What species live here? Why do they live here? How do they manage to survive here? Our Adventure Team explore these questions from a very unusual wildlife hotspot - one of the south-east's biggest landfill sites. It's an "edgeland" of massive proportions and astonishing biodiversity. It's home to lizards, hares, stoats, rooks, badgers, snakes and butterflies, not to mention the thousands of gulls... and much, much more.
Another surprising wildlife haven the team will be exploring is the micro world of Canvey Wick. An abandoned oil refinery, it's one of our richest insect habitats.
The "edgelands" of our world are truly surprising places to find wildlife in such abundance. Springwatch will reveal just how many wild creatures make a living right amongst us.
Update 13 June: The contrast of Liz's location with our main home at Ynys-hir couldn't be more pronounced, as this photo (courtesy of cameraman Ian Llewellyn) shows.
Roger Webb is the Series Producer of Springwatch, which starts 8pm Monday 30 May, BBC Two