Shared Earth is a new series from the BBC Natural History Unit which celebrates the natural world and explores what we can all do to help conserve wildlife and habitats and reduce our footprint on the planet
We're keen to hear your suggestions for future programmes via our Contact Us page or write to Shared Earth, BBC NHU Radio, Bristol BS8 2LR
Friday 3 November 2006
Dylan Winter meets Pholcus phalangioides
The Daddy Long Legs Spider
Pholcus phalangioides used to be confined largely to cellars in the UK. In the age of central heating it has risen up to its favoured habitat of kitchen ceilings where it quickly wipes out competing spiders as well us any unfortunate insects in the neighbourhood. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it is moving northwards with increasingly large populations in the Midlands and occasional sightings in northern England and Scotland. We’d love to find the most northerly Shared Earth Pholcus. Please e-mail us with your sightings.
Manchester City Council is adapting its park planting strategies in an effort to second-guess the effects of global warming. The fear is that hot summers and wet winters could devastate existing urban trees and shrubs.
More news of parks in a time of climate change here Green Space- campaigning to protect parks
Matt and Sarah have a month left to ensure that they celebrate their marriage without costing the earth. We’ll be monitoring their progress and Dylan will be there for the wedding. Let us know if you have any tips for them or any stories about your own green wedding.
Yun gathers wild fruits, fungi, leaves and sea vegetables for restaurants around the country. He has taken many years to build up his knowledge of edible plants. Please don’t eat anything wild you don’t recognise.