Wild Arabia- Coming Soon to BBC Radio Four
- 20 Jul 07, 01:26 PM
The Natural History Unit is in the middle of a recording trip to the Middle East for a series coming up in August called ‘Wild Arabia’. From the lowest point on earth on the Dead Sea to the edge of the Empty Quarter we’ve been gathering stories that we hope will demonstrate the magnetic natural attractions of the region.
The incredibly harsh environment means that wildlife always exists on a knife edge here but man has spent the last century making life an awful lot worse. Hunting on an obscene level, pretty much constant armed conflict and, more recently, incredibly rapid economic development have combined to push dozens of species to extinction or perilously close to it.
The tragedy is that there’s so much out there, in desert, mountain and oasis, that hasn’t even been discovered yet. Every field scientist we talk to seems to stumble over a new species between their tent and the breakfast table. The programme’s presenter, biologist Tessa McGregor, will be blogging over the next few weeks from some of the hottest and wildest places on earth with some great stories of nature’s survival strategies.