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OU on the BBC: Secrets Of Our Living Planet

Updated Thursday 9th October 2014

Ten million species sharing one small planet. How does that work, then?

Chris Packham in the jungle Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Series Presenter Chris Packham In this series from the BBC and The Open University, naturalist Chris Packham reveals the natural world in a way that you’ve never seen it before.

For him, what is really beautiful about nature, is not the amazing animals and plants that we share the planet with - but the hidden relationships between them. These relationships may sound bizarre but without them, no life would be possible.

Chris reveals:

  • Why a crab in the swamps of Bangladesh needs a tiger
  • Why the mighty Brazil nut tree needs a rare orchid and a small rodent
  • Why a small gecko in Kenya needs a giraffe
  • Why the North American lynx needs a tiny moth caterpillar

In this, his first truly global series, Chris will travel to some of the planet’s most awe-inspiring ecosystems, in order to reveal the real beauty of nature.

The series was first shown on BBC Two in June 2012; it can be seen regularly on Yesterday and Eden channels.

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In the United Kingdom there are also many fascinating examples of unexpected and intriguing links between animals and plants. Below you can explore four different habitats, brought to you by our expert academic team and iSpot, a website where you can learn more about species and share your discoveries.

 

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