Europe: A Natural History

Europe: A Natural History is a four-part BBC nature documentary series which looks at the events which have shaped the natural history and wildlife of the European continent over the past three billion years.

Part 1 - Genesis

Sean Pertwee narrates a series chronicling the events which shaped the continent of Europe as we now know it. This part goes back 3 billion years to witness dinosaurs roaming in Oxford, the Jura mountains of France swallowed by tropical seas, St Petersburg buried by desert sands and the birth of the Mediterranean Sea.

Part 2 - Ice Age

This part looks at the waves of climatic change which have swept across the land and the many wild creatures which inhabited Europe before the advent of man.

Part 3 - Taming the Wild

In the last 10,000 years Europe has been transformed from a largely forested, virgin landscape into the manicured continent we know today, and at an ever-accelerating rate. As mankind's influence spread, animals were tamed, seeds planted, forests decimated and minerals excavated. How did wildlife cope with these drastic changes and what impact did they have on ourselves?

Part 4 -The New Millennium

Today, some 730 million people live in Europe. How is wildlife adapting to this brave new world, who are the winners and losers, and what efforts are we making to help? Given the problems with unwelcome and invasive species on the continent through international trade, and an increasingly fickle climate, the future could bring all sorts of surprises.

Europe: A Natural History
Europe: A Natural History