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Shared Earth
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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
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Friday 06 July 2007
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An example of the types of creatures that could be attracted back to a neglected pond. (C) BBC
Re-Wildling Ponds

An example of common frogs that could be attracted back to ponds that had been neglected.  © BBC
Donald Trump’s Golf Development

Entrepreneur and US television star, Donald Trump wants to build a massive golf resort on what he has described as an, “unspoilt and dramatic seaside landscape”, at Balmedie in Aberdeenshire.

The government environment body, Scottish Natural Heritage is deeply concerned that the links golf courses will destroy the natural dynamics of this unusual sand dune system with its eleven hectare ‘sand dome’.

The Trump organisation’s own Environment Statement accepts that some damage is inevitable but many local people support the development in an area that’s over-reliant on the declining oil industry for jobs and wealth.

The Black Redstart

This iconic little London bird is actually native to Alpine scree slopes but it thrived in the blitzed landscape of the post-war city.

Rebuilding of the West End and the City pushed it into the post-industrial landscape of the far East End. Developments for the London Olympics are finally bringing the architects and bulldozers to Stratford, spelling the end for the redstart’s existing nest sites.

Naturalist, Dusty Gedge is spotting existing nests on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority and is eager for it to incorporate new artificial nesting sites into the stadium development.

Re-wilding Ponds

Many of the large ponds, canals and boating lakes in Britain’s cities are neglected life-less dumps for shopping trollies and beer cans.

Glasgow City Council is pioneering simple and cheap new techniques to give their ponds a wild makeover, attracting a much wider variety of wildlife and inspiring local communities to use and protect them.

Marcus Coates

Most artists portray nature, Marcus Coates becomes it. He’s run through the Hayward Gallery dressed as a badger, performed primitive shamanic rituals on a Liverpool housing estate wearing stag antlers and he’s hung himself up a twenty foot tall tree to experience what it’s like being a goshawk.

The latest exhibition by Marcus encourages members of the public to follow his lead, asking them to imitate his favourite birds. He then combines their impressions with specially recorded genuine birdsong to create a visual and aural symphony.

His Dawn Chorus exhibition is on show at the Picture This gallery in Bristol until August 4th. On the 10th of July he will be conducting a special performance using live singers.
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