rofessor Richard Fortey investigates why islands are natural laboratories of evolution and meets some of the unique and remarkable species that live on them. Examining some of the crucial influences on natural selection that are normally overlooked - like geology, geography, isolation and time - the series reveals that there is much more to evolution than 'survival of the fittest'.
Documentary series using cutting-edge technology to follow animals as they undertake incredible journeys.
Observational documentary series following orphaned baby animals and the dedicated people that rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild.
Richard travels to Madeira to examine what happens to a volcanic island as it nears the end of its life-cycle and starts sinking back into the sea. Here, in the island's laurisilva forest, he examines the remains of an ancient forest that once carpeted all of Europe, finds island lizards that live to be four times older than their mainland counterparts, and meets a huge wolf spider. With the help of local divers, he also discovers an unexpectedly rich marine habitat populated by whales, dolphins and unusual deep-sea species that have much to tell us about the changing nature of our seas.
Palaeontologist Richard Fortey investigates why islands are natural laboratories of evolution and examines the unique and remarkable species that live on them. He begins by heading to Hawaii to investigate how life colonises a newly-formed island, and encounters honeycreeper birds whose development rivals that of Darwin's famous finches, as well as carnivorous caterpillars that now cannot eat leaves, and giant silversword plants that thrive in parched volcanic soil at heights of 10,000ft.
Series exploring the flora and fauna in some of the world's most amazing micro-climates.