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OU on the BBC: Saving Species: Series 3, Episode 1

Updated Wednesday, 29th August 2012

Saving Species returns with a new series, starting with a look back at the last 9 months, including one of the wettest summers on record

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Water drops on green grass Creative commons image Icon Water drops on grass / Sergiu Bacioiu / CC BY-NC 2.0 under Creative-Commons license The summer brought plenty of rain. What effect did it have on our wildlife? Saving Species is back for another year of live broadcasting about the world of wildlife conservation, kicking off with a look back at the summer of 2012.

Many of our summer migrants will already be heading south to Africa. But how did they fare over the summer? This summer has been one of the wettest on record, has this affected our wildlife? Saving Species looks at some of the winners and losers in the battle for survival.

Also, Saving Species heads to Dungeness in Kent where a long term project is underway to return the short haired bumblebee to Britain—last recorded in 1988, and declared extinct in 2000.

In another corner of the country, a public night-time safari looks for one of our most enigmatic and enlightening beetles: the glow-worm. Has Devon's glow worm population declined since the last survey was completed in 1999?

Listen to Saving Species

You can listen to this episode of Saving Species on BBC Radio 4 at 11:00 on Tuesday 4 September. More information and a link to listen again can be found on the Radio 4 website.

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