The main theme of last Wednesdayâ€™s Nature of Britain was â€˜Coastal Britainâ€™. This latest programme in the 8-part series continued to maintain the very highest standards of photography, producing a good match between underwater and above the surface shots, so we saw Arctic Skuas diving for fish, as well as whales and killer whales hunting off our shores. Most remarkable for me was the feature on the otters-the camera crew and production team responsible for producing that work must be in line for an award-the patience and time invested in obtaining that footage merits one alone!
From large coastal creatures to small ones-we saw a species of bee that cleverly utilises discarded snail shells as â€˜hatcheriesâ€™ for its young. Again, the very informative nature of the programme managed to convey the interaction of a number of factors which influence life along the British coastline â€“ the sun, the wind, rain and tides all play a part in shaping the lives of our coastal creatures. This is particularly so in inter-tidal zones, and this was very well demonstrated through the use of time-lapse photography, as the tidal cycle which dominates life in our rock pools was quickly speeded up, revealing isolated pools of water as the tide went out, which in turn were replenished with fresh micro-organisms that in turn fed the occupants of the pools, as the next high tide returned.
This led cleverly to the local West Midlands feature of the programme-how do you represent the coastal aspect of the Nature of Britain, to reflect that aspect of nature in a land-locked region of the UK? Slimbridge of course!
Web-link to the BBC Staffordshire web site-where you can see the local features of Nature of Britain again.