Part 1 - GenesisSean 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 AgeThis 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 WildIn 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 MillenniumToday, 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|