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Stickleback courtship

Duration: 01:46

Male three-spined sticklebacks do most of the work when it comes to raising a family. When the nest, which the male has shaped into a tunnel, is prepared, the female is attracted by the male's zig zag dance and his bright red livery. Once she has laid her eggs, the male chases her away and guards the nest until the hatchlings leave his care.

Available since: Thu 15 Dec 2011

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Living Britain EARLY SUMMER

Episode 3/6 follows the changing seasons of Britain with the arrival of early summer.

First broadcast: 14 Nov 1999

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