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Grassland Animals

Chris Packham presents the series that examines Britain from an animal's point of view. Chris burrows into the grassland to observe the eating habits of starlings.

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.

59 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Producer Adam White
Producer Gillian Taylor
Series Producer Paul Bradshaw

Broadcasts

  • Thu 21 Apr 2011 20:00
  • Fri 22 Apr 2011 19:00
  • Sat 18 Jun 2011 02:40
  • Thu 29 Sep 2016 15:30
  • Sat 22 Sep 2018 10:00
  • Sat 31 Aug 2019 09:30