Silk is the secret weapon of the undergrowth. From the protective stalks of lacewing eggs, to the hanging threads of glow-worms, insects use it in an amazing variety of ways. Silk is stronger than a ...
Just over 400 million years ago creatures left the seas to move onto land. They were the invertebrates. Since then they have become the most successful group of animals, adapting to every environment...
This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see the impact of the melting of the arctic ice in the summer, the annual return of the ... See full summary »
If we and the rest of the backboned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if they were to disappear, the land's ecosystems would collapse. The soil would lose its fertility. Many of the plants would no longer be pollinated. Lots of animals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals would have nothing to eat. And our fields and pastures would be covered with dung and carrion. These small creatures are within a few inches of our feet, wherever we go ...
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Each episode is equally amazing! This mini-series if packed with spectacular images of insects (and arachnids, worms and other tiny animals). The camera gets such detailed, close-up views of these creatures that it feels fascinating rather than gross or creepy. The enthusiasm of the narrator (the ever excellent Attenborough) helps grant the viewer an appreciation of this minuscule world that you might not otherwise have.
If you like animal documentaries like 'Planet Earth', I think you'd find this a great addition to the typical set of mammals and reptiles. It's unusual in focus, but brilliantly done. Lovely and educational.
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