Martin Contributes ‘Kits’ Stoat Footage To BBC Nature Series
In my June 2013 News Round-up I mentioned that the filmed footage of the kits would feature in a BBC Two Nature Series called The Burrowers.
The series will air later this month on 16 August and the following two Fridays (23 & 30) with my stoat contribution appearing in the first episode.
The 3 part series for BBC Two is a natural history first as presenter and top naturalist Chris Packham takes us on an extraordinary journey underground into the secret lives of some of Britain’s most-loved animals – badgers, water voles, rabbits, stoats and moles.
THE BURROWERS enters their world to bring new science and animal behaviour never captured before.
It’s TV Production Company DRAGONFLY’s first foray into the world of wildlife television and they do so with typical ambition and scale. They are probably most famous for producing bold factual event television such as Plane Crash as well as using the latest camera technology to reveal family and organisational behaviour.
In THE BURROWERS, Dragonfly creates full-scale mega-size burrows to see inside the underground animal kingdoms of some of Britain’s most iconic wildlife.
The production team worked closely with scientists, vets, conservationists and some of the world’s top wildlife cameramen to build unique filming burrows – a year in the making.
So far the Dragonfly team have scored a string of natural history and science firsts including:
- baby stoats in their nest (filmed by Martin)
- baby rabbits – including thermal imaging to show how they keep warm
- orphaned badger cubs learning to live as a family
- and the most elusive burrower of them all – the mole in glorious close-up devouring a worm, which it wipes and squeezes its guts simultaneously to get rid of any soil.
- Episode 1 First broadcast Friday 16 August 2013 at 21:00
- Episode 2 First broadcast Friday 23 August 2013 at 21:00
- Episode 3 First broadcast Friday 30 August 2013 at 21:00