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What we learnt from the BBC’s ‘The British Garden’

Chris Packham and a team of wildlife experts follow five suburban gardens over a year, uncovering hidden wildlife dramas, and a vast cast of creatures battling for survival. Broadcast on BBC Four the show is available to watch on BBC iPlayer until the end of August. Here are a few interesting facts from the show…

The Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) is more commonly related to octopuses. Snails have a homing instinct and can travel up to 25m / 82ft in 24 hours.

Lawns left to go wild contain three times more life compared to a regularly mown lawn.

Crab Spiders which are white can change their colour to match the flower they are on.

Worms are most active during Autumn. A solution of mustard and water spread over a lawn will make worms come to the surface. Ants eat earth worms.

£200m is spent by the British public on bird food and feeders. Birds can visit the same garden feeder up to 12 times per day.

Moths can survive winter without any food or water and produce an anti-freeze in their blood in order to withstand a hard frost.

Male frogs return to their birth pond to breed with the resident female frogs.

Dragonfly larvae can live in ponds for up to 3 years before leaving for the surface.

Greenfly don’t need to have sex to produce young. The young are born already pregnant. Ladybird larvae loves to eat greenfly and can eat up to 100 per day. The hoverfly larve also loves to eat greenfly.

WATCH: on the BBC iPlayer until the end of August 2019. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xyqcs

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. Much appreciated. I can hardly wait to watch it.

  2. Thanks Sean I missed this series first time around…will catch it before it disappears.

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