Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival (6 x ) – Conservationists have predicted that, without help, some of Britain’s most iconic species are severely threatened and may even face extinction in Britain within our lifetimes.This series brings together some of the BBC’s most respected wildlife experts to highlight the plight of Britain’s most at-risk animals.
The show is hosted by ecologist and Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison, and each week three guest presenters will champion a wild creature they want to bring back from the brink.
The presenters trying to turn this decline around include Ben Fogle championing the near-extinct hedgehog, Bill Oddie highlighting the plight of the puffin, Philippa Forrester on how to save the kingfisher and Miranda Krestovnikoff championing white-clawed crayfish and the bottlenose dolphin.
Other rare creatures featured include the red squirrel, Scottish wildcat, greater horseshoe bat as well as the once common – but now in decline – house sparrow and water vole.
Each episode focuses on a key habitat – rivers, woodland, farmland, coastal, urban and wetland – and the creatures that live there. They will include three short films, each fronted by an expert wildlife presenter who showcases the species that need our help. They explore how they are under threat, what is at stake if they disappear and what we can do to help save them.
The series also reveals that there is hope; it will feature stories of how experts and volunteers have successfully worked together to bring other species, such as otters, back from the brink. Each week, Ellie takes a look at one of these successful species and the ambitious and large-scale conservation schemes that have helped these wild creatures make a spectacular comeback.
Some of the greatest achievements in British wildlife conservation have seen otters returned to rivers, red kites flying over woodlands and the peregrine – the fastest living creature on the planet – taking up residence in our biggest cities, including central London. Ellie also explores how the large blue butterfly, grey seal and crane have been helped.
The series wants to encourage viewers to get involved to save habitats and provide refuges for the animals featured in the series. And it includes tips and advice from expert Mike Dilger on how to turn our own gardens into wildlife havens.
TX: Late summer 2013
Source: BBC press release