This autumn, BBC One will air a four-part nature series called The Great British Year.
Each hour long episode will depict the changes of the land from each season to the next in incredible detail. It will investigate why Britain’s climate is unique on our planet and why our relationship with wildlife is so enduring and special.
This is a wildlife series filmed in an new way… with help from an army of time-lapse specialists dotted around the country, who were able capture spectacular footage as our country transformed from day to day and season to season. Using social media to keep in touch with the wildlife-loving British public meant we could be on hand to capture key wildlife moments in the year, and film in a way that just would not have been possible a few years ago. – Producer James Brickel
Throughout the series, a range of technological approaches to filming will visualise seasonal change in spectacular ways, from the frost as it shrouds the country, and the winter mist as it swirls in the hollows, to the moment the leaves emerge and woodlands and carpets of bluebells, are visited by the bumblebees.
Time-lapse photography sequences will reveal a new and intriguing visual perspective on how the people of Britain are entwined with the natural fabric and seasonal rhythms. Animated chlorophyll maps will show how seasonal change sweeps across the country, pin-pointing the exact place where the first green shoots start to grow in spring and the last leaf falls in autumn, whilst super slow-motion footage will cast fresh light on the activity of wildlife.