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About Hands on Nature

Chris PackhamHands on Nature returns for a repeat series on BBC TWO the week of Monday 12 February and Monday 19 February.

All programmes will be broadcast at 1.45pm on BBC Two on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Shot in beautiful locations around the country, the series offers tips on where to go to spot some of the most rare and most interesting animals, birds, trees and flowers, how to identify them, and how species survive and thrive in different habitats.

Providing the backdrop are some spectacular landscapes, across mountain, seaside, lake and forest – and the very best of what the UK countryside has to offer.

The programme's primary aim is to encourage viewers to get out, explore and discover nature for themselves.

Presenter Chris Packham and his team of three experts – earth scientist Janet Sumner, zoologist Sanjida O'Connell and botanist Mike Dilger - go swimming with seals off the Isles of Scilly, get up close and personal with pine martens in Scotland, and go in search of a wide variety of wildlife including dragonflies, crayfish, puffins, barn owls, badgers, butterflies and bats.

During the course of the series, they visit nature hot spots as diverse as the Cairngorms, the island of Skomer off the Welsh coast, Pocklington Canal in the Yorkshire Wolds, the New Forest, Brecon Beacons, the Lake District and Somerset Levels.

The programme is a 'user's guide' to what's in your own back yard and provides a practical guide to what you can do, see and learn.


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