Friday, 7 May 2010

Ideas wanted for BBC British Wildlife series #AnimalsGuide

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We will look at this green and pleasant land through the eyes of the animals, to produce a televisual 'rough guide' for wildlife living in modern Britain.

We are looking for interesting ways that wildlife has adapted to live in less traditional habitats. E.g. Foxes moving out of woodland to live on rubbish dumps, bats roosting in lofts, peregrines using skyscrapers as if they were cliffs, rooftops allowing safe places for ground nesting birds. Stories which may be a bit anthropomorphic but allow us to reveal something about the nature of britain. The ornithological opera of the dawn chorus, birds visiting on their summer holidays, criminal grey squirrels stealing the nuts of reds - reds being trapped in conifer forests. You get the idea!?

If you know of wildlife which is fairly predictable to find in the summer months, and which has an unusual way of living then please get in touch. You can leave a comment to this post or @reply on Twitter

We are ideally interested in charismatic animals which we think of as being typically British, but we are open to suggestions. The programmes are curretly divided into 'woodland animals' including species such as squirrels, crossbills, hedgehogs, badgers, deer, woodpeckers etc, we also have programmes focussing on 'coastal animals' 'freshwater animals' and 'grassland/heathland animals'.

Thanks for reading.
Best wishes,


  1. I'd be interested in the hierarchy of natural animals in terms of habitat. We picture them all having a settled existence, stable home, a bit of space they call territory, and live in harmony (until picked off by a predator). But I'll bet the truth is somewhat different. How do the species impact on each other? Are the man made environments for specialist species or are these also competed for?

  2. It sounds like this will be a fascinating series. I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for but a Field Vole in my garden has become very tame. I started to put sunflower hearts outside the vole's house and on most days, it comes out within seconds of the seeds hitting the ground. There are other voles in the garden too but they're not quite as bold as this one. I've been able to observe the voles interacting at quite close quarters (sometimes they're quite aggressive and I've seen young ones too). I have some photos and amateur video footage taken on my camera.

    You're already following me on Twitter so if you'd like any more details about this, my username there is @moongirl01