A mile off the coast of Northumberland lies a unique island teeming with seabirds during the breeding season and home to 90% of the UK’s rarest breeding seabird, the roseate terns. Paul Morrison and Hilary Brooker-Carey are lucky enough to work here amid the wildlife spectacle, monitoring the seabirds and protecting them from egg thieves.
With its industrial landscape and port developments, at first glance the Thames estuary is not the most romantic of locations. But alongside the modern infrastructure wildlife thrives in the mudflats, saltmarshes and lagoons that fringe the river. The Thames is already a nature hotspot, but now it’s at risk from proposals to build a new airport for London.
Farmers sometimes get a bad press but their role as ‘custodians of the countryside’ is more important than ever. Four previous winners of ‘The Nature of Farming Awards’ talk about their passion for nature and why wildlife-friendly farming can also make commercial sense.
Jumping in puddles, kicking up leaves, and listening to birds singing from the tops of trees. A group of families share their favourite reasons for getting outside.
Every year, 100,000 albatrosses are killed needlessly by drowning on the end of fishing hooks. 19 of the 22 species of albatross in the world are threatened with extinction, largely because of longline fishing. If you can help us act now, the Save the Albatross campaign can help stop these magnificent birds from becoming extinct. Your money can fund the Albatross Task Force teams and their urgent work to train fishermen to keep seabirds off the hook. We need your help. To find out more, visit www.savethealbatross.net
Watch the story of East and West Scotland’s white-tailed eagle reintroduction project unfold. Hear what the future holds for these magnificent birds of prey in Scotland and meet Project Officer, Claire Smith and Mull Officer, Dave Sexton, as they find out what happens when the East Scotland birds start to pair up and hopefully breed.
Cranes are among Europe’s largest birds and well-loved because of their enthusiastic display dances and bugle-like call. The Great Crane Project has great plans to restore a healthy population of european cranes throughout the UK, so that people can once again experience these beautiful birds. The story so far is captured in this inspiring 2-partshort film.
A ground-breaking conservation project began in 2000 to re-establish a wild breeding population of corncrakes back into the English countryside at the RSPB’s Nene Washes nature reserve. This film tells the roller coaster story of the first 10 years.
Ross Watson, the RSPB’s site manager at Abernethy, talks about his varied work at the reserve and gives his personal thoughts about living in such a dramatic environment.
The RSPB’s Richard Thaxton and Clare Wordley talk about the magnificent ospreys that return each year to Loch Garten.