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Marvellous meadows

Duration: 01:41

Mad dogs and Englishman time - its midday and Bill Oddie is out on a hot summer day in a dry meadow. It is a sea of yellows and purples - creeping thistle, buttercups and tufted vetch. Gardeners either love or hate tufted vetch. There are bees and butterflies everywhere, especially meadow browns. A male meadow brown hasn't got much going for it, but has a good name - it lives in a meadow and it is brown! They have a false eye marking on the wings, as do many butterflies to fool a predator into attacking the wrong part of its body.

Available since: Tue 25 May 2010

This clip is from

Bill Oddie Goes Wild Series 2, Wicken Fen

7/8 This edition comes from Wicken Fen, Britain's oldest nature reserve.

First broadcast: 18 May 2007

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