Grassland Animals

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Episode 2 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Chris Packham presents the series that examines Britain from an animal's point of view. Each week he encounters an elite group of five animals each of which senses the world in a very different way. By understanding their needs, problems and histories on these islands, Chris reveals what they make of modern Britain - and its humans.

This time Chris looks at grassland animals. Chris burrows into the grassland himself so that he can observe the eating habits of starlings, clever and well-adapted grassland predators. British starlings have had their ups and downs: they were once so common that they famously stopped Big Ben due to numbers perching on the clock hands, but nowadays their food supply is dwindling, thanks to modern pesticides.

There are new revelations about how honeybees - insects vital for our future - manage to collect nectar and pollen. And how horseshoe bats, brown hares and barn owls are all learning to adapt to modern Britain in different ways.

  • A Birds Eye View

    A Birds Eye View

    Chris begins this episode by getting as close as he can to starlings, to discover how they get at their food, insect grubs.

  • A Grubs Eye View

    A Grubs Eye View

    Chris finds a way to get underground, right underneath a tame flock of starlings, to have a grub’s eye view of these birds as they feed.

    “In all of my years of watching wildlife and the great good fortune I’ve had of making wildlife programmes, I’ve never had a view like this”

    Using this unique perspective, Chris reveals why starlings are such superbly adapted grassland animals. It’s an elegant demonstration of their natural abilities… until one or two discover that they can get at the grubs more easily be standing on Chris’s face and pecking at the grubs from beneath the soil!

  • A Hares View

    A Hares View

    Chris visits a suburban cemetery on the Wirral where brown hares thrive, feeding on the constant supply of fresh flowers.

Credits

Presenter
Chris Packham
Series Producer
Paul Bradshaw

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