Manchester's Extinct Butterfly (2020)
Large heath butterflies are returning to the Greater Manchester Peatlands for the first time in 150 years after they went locally extinct. The acidic peat bogs and mosslands around Manchester were home to the country’s biggest colonies of large heath butterflies – known as the “Manchester argus” – but numbers plummeted as land was drained during the Industrial Revolution. Conservationists from Lancashire Wildlife Trust are now looking to reverse the fortunes of this rare butterfly by restoring a 37-hectare area of peatland between Wigan and Salford where they have recreated habitats of sphagnum moss, cross-leaved heath and hare’s-tail cottongrass on which the butterflies depend.
Worlds Collide (2018)
Across the eastern coast of the Black Sea, in the foothills of the Southern Caucasus Mountains, one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles takes place. Over a million birds of prey pass through a narrow bottleneck in Georgia on their journey south toward Africa. Below, scientists eagerly watch and record the birds, while local traditions send showers of bullets and nets snapping in their direction.
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