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Episode 1

Saving Species, Series 1 Episode 1 of 40

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 April 2010

In this first programme we lead with Purple Emperor Butterflies. We'll be following their ups and downs all year in a southern English woodland with National Trust entomologist Matthew Oates. To help us keep an eye on individuals he has named the butterflies, which are caterpillars at the moment, after famous poets. We know already [Christina] Rossetti has not made it through a bleak midwinter!

We also start our year-long reporting from Australia with Koalas. We hear from ABC reporter Kim Kleidon who has visited a Koala sanctuary for us and Brett interviews Koala Biologist Bill Ellis from the University of Queensland about his research, revealing how important sound is to Koalas.

As with every week, we'll have a wildlife news round-up, this week gathered by Kelvin Boot, and our out-reach to the Open University, where you can share your observations of wildlife with others on their interactive biodiversity web site iSpot.

Presented by Brett Westwood
Produced by Sheena Duncan
Series Editor Julian Hector.

  • Purple Emperor Butterfly

    Purple Emperor Butterfly

    We'll be following the fortunes of the Purple Emperor Butterfly at a location in Southern England with Matthew Oates of the National Trust.

    BBC Wildlife Finder/Purple Emperor
  • Koala


    The Koala, one of the most iconic animals of Australia and perhaps the world. We'll be following Koala's all year in Saving Species with ABC reporter Kim Kleidon and biologist Bill Ellis.

    BBC Wildlife Finder/Koala

    We want to hear your memories of British wildlife. It doesn't matter what it is - mammals, birds, bees and other insects, trees, wild flowers, fish, marine mammals and reptiles - wildlife you remember seeing which is less abundant today.

    We are currently after memories of farmland birds and wild meadows. Do you remember seeing large flocks of yellow hammers, corn bunting and finches feeding on farmland and in farmyards? Do you remember seeing cowslip and buttercup meadows, summer hay meadows or water meadows?

    Contact us with your memories


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