Monday, 9 February 2009

The Adventure Company: Nature’s Great Events on BBC.

Here at The Adventure Company, we clearly love mother nature, and hold a special place in our hearts for the animal world too. Therefore, we are naturally very excited about the latest show to hit the BBC, because Nature’s Great Events is going to knock the socks off the average nature programme.

Using the most up-to-date technology, the show has captured the earths most dramatic and epic wildlife spectacles, and the animals, which feature in them. Whilst these have been filmed many times before this is the first time that such grand migrations and occurrences have been captured in such detail.

If you have digital, you can also watch the series on BBC HD, and really marvel at the detail. This is because they have used cutting-edge aerial, underwater and ultra slow-motion filming techniques. For geeky fans amongst you, the series also used a rare and unique camera- a FrankenCam, a motion-control macro camera developed by Ammonite Films and capable of shooting extreme close-ups of tiny subjects.

Everyone’s favourite naturalist, David Attenborough also narrates the series. You can watch the first programme this Wednesday (11th February) from 9pm-10pm on BBC One.


Episodes are set in the most glorious of settings including the Okavango Delta in Africa, the Arctic, and the northern Pacific Ocean.

The first episode of the series focuses around springtime in the Arctic where everything begins to melt and thaw. The episode focuses on the challenges polar bears face as their habitat is thrown into disarray, and how others such as the arctic fox, beluga whales and flocks of birds adapt so well to the climate change,

This particular episode was also filmed during the largest “Great Melt” ever recorded, as during the lengthy filming 400,000 square miles of extra ice disappeared. We first see the baby and mum polar bear here as they look for food, and the episode also focuses on the Hudson Bay bears as they fight, out of hunger.


Aerial camera also follow a large group of narwhals as they travel along giant cracks in the ice, a nail biting mission due to the fact that if the ice slides shut, they would suffocate. Beluga whales provide one of the most light-hearted moments of the show as hundreds gather in shallow rivers to rub themselves on smooth pebbles and gently exfoliates away their year old skin.

Other episodes also focus around The Great Salmon Run which follows the 500 million salmon who travel 20,000 miles to return to the exact patch of gravel in the river from which they were born they fight to make it up river along the way, dodging the prey who want them as their next dinner before they finally spawn and die. Revolutionary camera film 100 times faster than normal and slow motion shots show specific hunting techniques the bears use.


The Great Migration follows the huge amounts of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles as they migrate across Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains. Using a gyro-stabilised helicopter mount, the team captures the action as the herds fight the odds and an erupting volcano whose billowing smoke and ash is hot on their trail.

The Great Tide tracks the hundreds of millions of sardines who are on the search of warmer waters in South Africa and the reams of ocean hunters, including dolphins, sharks and whales who are waiting for them.


The Great Flood tracks herds of elephants as they try to find water in the Kalahari Desert, and then have to adapt again as the Okavango Delta floods. Finally The Great Feast focuses on Alaska and British Columbia as the increased sunlight brings a wealth of nature including sea lions and whales. Using advance camera techniques the programme checks the growth of phytoplankton, which are the basis of all life in this vast area.


The Adventure Company also has a few tours, which take you to the same areas, and let you witness these fascinating events yourself.

There are 6 Arctic expedition trips to choose from, alongside our Serengeti Explorer Tour and we also offer 9 Tours To South Africa

Did you encounter any cool wildlife on your latest Adventure Company trip? If so, leave us a comment or let us know!
Thanks for reading
The Adventure Company

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