The Magical Forest

Secrets of Our Living Planet showcases the incredible ecosystems that make life on Earth possible. Using beautifully shot scenes in the wild, Chris Packham reveals the hidden wonder of the creatures that we share the planet with, and the intricate, clever and bizarre connections between the species, without which life just could not survive.

Discover previously unknown relationships, like why a tiger needs a crab, or why a gecko needs a giraffe. Each week Chris visits one of our planet's most vital and spectacular habitats and dissects it to reveal the secrets of how our living planet works.

In this episode, Chris travels to North America to witness the annual miracle of the temperate forest: the destruction of its ecosystem in winter, followed by it rebuilding itself in spring. Chris marvels at the exquisite timing that is necessary in two particularly wonderful stories - the story of how the Canada lynx depends for its prey on a caterpillar high up in the canopy, and the story of why the giant trees of the north west are dependent on bears and salmon.

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1 hour

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Fishy encounters with grizzly bears

Fishy encounters with grizzly bears

Assistant producer/ director Paul Williams shares his experiences filming grizzly bears for The Magical Forest episode.


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Role Contributor
PresenterChris Packham
Series ProducerPaul Bradshaw
ProducerGavin Maxwell
DirectorGavin Maxwell

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