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Secrets of the Flooded Forest - Danube National Park - The Secrets of Nature

  • Secrets of the Flooded Forest - Danube National Park - The Secrets of Nature


    After beginning in Vienna, the Danube riverbank forests extend to the gates of Bratislava, linking the two capitals like a green ribbon, forming a unique wildlife habitat in the heart of Europe. A few years ago a 36 kilometer section was turned into a national park that now protects the last undeveloped stretch of the Danube river and also the last riparian zone of its size in Central Europe.

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  • The Sava Floodplains - Croatias secret paradise


    Every year, in the middle of Croatia, it's the same story: after the annual snowmelt, a huge flood wave spills out of the Alps toward Zagreb and Belgrade. This leads to an increase in the River Sava's water levels of some ten meters. The contents of more than ten billion bathtubs floods an area the size of Lake Constance, often for months on end, yet still the Croatian and Serbian capital is spared a flood disaster. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the Sava is able to flow unhindered. The annual floods not only create a natural retention reservoir for flood control: alongside the Sava lies a natural paradise, unique in Central Europe. In the species-rich, alluvial flood forests of the last major meadow landscapes of the continent, enormous predatory fish like the catfish lie in wait for prey.

    The fertile floodplains of the Sava are an important resting place for more than 240 bird species, including Hoopoe, great crested Grebe, little Egret, common snipe and pied Avocet. Old, domestic livestock breeds like the Turopolje pig and Posavina horse spend almost the entire year in the floodplains. They appreciate the alluvial meadows, keep puddles and mudholes open whilst wallowing and, as living lawnmowers, they ensure that the moist meadows aren't transformed into dense oak forests. Thanks to this traditional pasture farming, more than 700 pairs of white stork alone breed in the Lonjsko Polje National Park. The Sava Floodplains allow us to glance into the past of our continent and at the same time, illustrate just how flood protection for major towns can be perfected.

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  • Arlberg - The Hidden Paradise - The Secrets of Nature


    Snow masses pile up in abundance on the deep snow-covered slopes. The wind has created bizarre snowdrifts on the steep mountain ridges, and further below, the Swiss pine carry the weight of this sparkling splendor. Arlberg is the embodiment of an idyllic winter and the cradle of alpine skiing. However, this famous ski resort that connects Tyrol with Vorarlberg, offers a lot more than expected. A bit of untouched nature has been preserved in the hardly accessible valleys and the cliffy massifs.

  • Prince of the Alps - The Secrets of Nature


    The red deer is he biggest and the most common species in Central Europe. It's still there because of its adaptability; when hunters intruded into their habitat and pushed them further back in the forest, the reed deer survived. This film will focus on the difference between the commonly confused red deer and roe and portrays the surrounding animal world of the red deer. It will also show dangers the deer is exposed to due to the reappearance of wolves and bears and an overbearing human presence.

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  • Wild Balkans - The Secrets of Nature


    Wolves hunt their prey in the valleys between high-ranging dunes, bears and lynxes wander through dense primeval forest, and the big lakes are a magnet for hundreds of bird species. That is the so-called “Balkan”. Today the “Balkans” stand for a Europe that hardly exists elsewhere.

  • Wildest Africa - The Secrets of Nature


    This gripping documentary, from producer Greg Grainger, features all of the many diverse creatures that roam much of Africa, from the big cats, elephants and giraffes, through to highly endangered species such as the black rhinoceros and wild dog. The programme shows how their daily ritual is aimed at just one result....survival, but how the very survival of entire species is increasingly in danger.

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  • Sahara - The English Patients Desert - The Secrets of Nature


    Even today, the Sahara is full of miracles. Until way into the 20th century, vast areas remained unexplored. In the early thirties, the Austrian-Hungarian adventurer Ladislaus E. Almásy who later gained world-wide fame as the historical figure on whom the Hollywood movie 'The English Patient' was based on, had undertaken several expeditions to various blank spots on the Sahara's map.

  • Elephant Orphans - The Secrets of Nature


    This documentary follows the story of a family living in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It’s known as the Abu family, and it consists of Elephants and people. The Elephants are all orphans from culling operations, some having landed up in Zoos and circuses around the world.

    Randall Jay Moore is the inspiration behind it all, and he’s the man whose made it his life’s mission to bring the elephants back home to Africa. It is his dream that they once again return to life in the wilds. In the meanwhile though Randall trains the elephants to carry tourists through Botswana’s Okavango Delta. This way the elephants earn their keep, and are slowly reintroduced to their natural habitat.

    The drama of the film shifts up a gear when Shireeni, a young cow in the captive herd, yields a newborn calf. It’s a first for the family – and signifies a step forward in their healing and rehabilitation. But Wanto, the little calf, has been born prematurely, and the family rallies round in a bid to save him. The team, which includes a specialist veterinarian, must pioneer techniques to save Wanto, as they have no precedent in their struggle to save a baby elephant.

    Ultimately, the youngster is doomed – and the family must deal with the sorrow of a false dawn. But, like a gift from the elephant gods, the African bush yields a consolation for the family, in the form of a calf that has become separated from it’s wild herd. Grief turns to joy, as the family adopts Kitimetse into the fold.

    As a final postscript we hear that Shireeni has once again given birth, but this time to a healthy baby Bull called Pula.

  • 15 Strangest Things Recently Discovered In Thailand


    Thailand is a very ancient country and also one which is filled with mysteries and strange things. This is surely one of the most fascinating countries in Asia, and even in the entire world. From the magnificent beast that has made a dramatic return to the archaeological find which gave us a look at the life of a prehistoric giant, here’s the 15 Strangest Things Recently Discovered In Thailand!

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  • Mystery of the Fairy Circles - The Secrets of Nature


    When it rains in the Namib, a thick carpet of grass covers the sand and stony desert. But this green layer is punctuated by bare circular patches, as regular as if drawn by a compass. And there are not just one or two of them, but hundreds of thousands. Observed from the air, they could be innumerable golf bunkers - or an abstract painting: «Red dots on green background». They appear between 60 to 120 kilometres from the coast and stretch from South Africa to Angola. They are bordered by a ring of tall, thick grass, which stands out from the surrounding sparse vegetation. But where did these mysterious «fairy circles» come from? Are they caused by mineral
    compounds in the ground? Did poisonous plants or poison gas contaminate the subsoil? Are they the work of insects? Or is it the impact of meteorites that is responsible? And what crucial role do they play in the ecosystem? Three scientific teams have conflicting theories, but finally the amazing secret of the fairy circles is revealed!

  • Viennas Water - The Secrets of Nature


    The city of Vienna is world famous for its position on the River Danube. Every day Vienna’s residents consume around 370,000 cubic metres of water, which is not uncommon for a city of over a million people. However the fact that not a single drop comes from the great river is amazing.

  • Magic of the Mountains - The Secrets of Nature


    This is the story of a land, where forces of nature are at play – beyond all things that a human can ever dominate or be able to conquer. The birth of Tyrol was one of collisions, where previous far apart continents were conjoined, wedged together and piled up on top of each other. The result is a steep world of diversity on the smallest area: depending on the depth of a valley or the height of a mountain ridge, depending on its direction and position at the edge or in the middle of the Alps, depending on whether its slope is steep or flat, there is a spot in Tyrol that is icy or mild, lush or paltry, dry or full of water. This film presents the fascinating world of the high mountains with all their diverse flora and fauna and the living conditions throughout the seasons.

  • Drakensberg - Africas Dragon Mountains - The Secrets of Nature


    A dragon hatched from the volcanic furnaces of Gondwanaland. Ancient almost beyond comprehension, yet a living thing. And vast, stretching across a subcontinent, its spine arching above the clouds...

    No lucky dragon, this. Starvation festers beneath the shimmering green of its skin. But to the creatures that live along its flanks, it can be a bountiful provider as well as a remorseless destroyer. Today we call it the Drakensberg, or «Dragon Mountain». «Drakensberg» is a dynamic documentary journey through the life of this ever-astonishing mountain. It is also a story of animal survival in a landscape of overwhelming, pitiless power.

  • Salt, Tears of the Earth - The Secrets of Nature


    No creature can live without this magic mineral -- and no living organism can produce it on its own. Amoebas, algae or humans -- all life-forms are completely at the mercy of this simple chemical compound. In all bodies of water on earth, there is salt in abundance, and animals and humans have always been able to extract the valuable crystals from water -- directly through their organs or with the aid of evaporation in salt lagoons.

  • Laos Wonderland - The Secrets of Nature


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    Southeast Asia at its best. 85% of the country is untouched nature, widespread forests, steep mountains and wide river valleys, but also cool high plateaus and savannahs. The primeval forests support a fauna like something out of a fairy tale, with elephants, tigers, leopards, and some of the rarest animal species on the planet. Species never seen by humans are discovered at regular intervals. In recent decades, the few large mammals to be described for the first time were all found in Indochina and experts assume that most of them are at home in Laos: wild oxen such as the saola and kuprey or the truong son munjak. No outsider has ever seen a living specimen of the latter; its existence is only known indirectly, through skeletons, horns and bag that are occasionally found in remote villages. And there is the Mekong, one of the last untamed rivers on Earth. Fed by hundreds of tributaries, it is one of the richest freshwater systems on the planet, comparable only with the Congo or Amazon. This is where the Mekong catfish lives. At 3 meters long and weighing in at 300 kilograms, this monster must be the largest freshwater fish on earth.

  • Puszta - Land of Salt and Sand - The Secrets of Nature


    Less than an hour’s drive south of Hungary’s capital Budapest, Central Europe’s last and only wandering sand dunes surprise the traveller. These dunes are some 600 feet high and in continuous motion, shaping a landscape one would only expect in Africa. Spring storms whip up giant clouds of fine sand that darken the sun and loom over the low Kecskemet plain.

  • Trees of Tempting Fruit - The Secrets of Nature


    The Mostviertel, Austria's pear country, stretches from the river Danube to the Alps, right in the heart of Austria. Pear trees are scattered across the landscape and produce 200 different kinds of pears. Their naturally tart fruits have been used for centuries to extract the delicious pear cider (perry). As production has grown over time, „Most, the Austrian name for cider, has given the charming region its name. From a geographical point of view, pear country is spared the climatic extremes of other Alpine regions in Austria and has thus become one of Europe's remaining sanctuaries for a variety of rare, altogether 3000 different -- including some endangered -- species: the little owl, the European otter, the hoopoe, or the curlew.

  • Weinviertel - Land of a Thousand Vineyards - The Secrets of Nature


    Italy, California and South Africa are not the only places famous for their wines. Right in the heart of Europe, Austria can also look back over a past suffused with music and wine, both of which remain inseparably linked to this day. It is the vastness of Austria’s “Weinviertel” or wine growing region that captivates visitors. No other region of Austria suggests this feeling of endless landscape quite so vividly. A soft, hilly landscape, blessed with a warm climate, that is cultivated by humans but has maintained much of its original character – a quiet landscape with a considerable history and hidden treasures. And the Weinviertel hasn’t been given its name for nothing – wine growing defines the land in all its forms and has always been the distinguishing feature for the inhabitants of this unique region.

  • Ol Man River - Mighty Mississippi 2/2 - The Secrets of Nature


    Perhaps the best known river on the planet, made famous by writers like Mark Twain, by the romance of the steamboat age and by the blues music spawned along its banks, Ol' Man River still hides many secrets.In two one hour programmes, this series journeys along the river from its mouth in the salt marshes of the Gulf Coast to its source deep in the northern forests near the Canadian border, searching out the creatures that call this river home. As magnificent as the wildlife and landscapes are now, they were even more amazing when the first Europeans and Americans came across this mighty river. This series recreates some of these first encounters, with dramatic re-enactments.

  • From the Alps to the Polar Sea - Wild & Wide Awake: Spring Across Europe 2/2


    In the journey’s second part, the spring in the Alps reaches its peak. Alpine wild goats (ibex) and groundhogs play on the mountain slopes, brown frogs cross endless snow fields to reach the mating area. In Germany, wild boars take their newborns out on a walk through the flower frenzy of the orchards, meadows and forests.

    The tour keeps on through the wild river scenery in Poland, to the rugged coasts of the North Atlantic and into the lonesome vastness of the tundra and the taiga. Reindeers and mother bears care for their young; cranes have already arrived here from Spain and perform their graceful wedding dances. While ruffs are putting their gorgeous feathering on display, puffins and seagulls are in hustle and bustle.

    Just like in the South, in each region of the North, spring presents itself in a different light: sometimes harsh, sometimes mellow, but always in its spectacular and fascinating beauty.

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  • Namaqualand - Africas Desert Garden - The Secrets of Nature


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    Namaqualand - the setting for an annual wildlife fairytale. Every year in the narrow window between the cold wet winter and scorchingly-hot, dry summer, flowers of all description bloom in carpets of colours unimaginable, insects of equal diversity pollinate and predate, and everything form meerkats to ostriches breed. This film chronicles the magical transformation of a landscape - from the fantasy of fields of flowers to the harsh realities of a desert, and back again and uses a gang of meerkats and a group of ostriches as main characters who develop during the seasonal changes.

  • Grenada - Caribbean Moments - The Secrets of Nature


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    Caribbean Moments shows a different side to the Caribbean. Everyone visualises sand, sunshine and palm trees - but hardly anyone really discovers what lies behind them. In fact an unbelievable variety of cultures, music and religions has developed as a result of the different influences - African, Indian, English, French and authentically Caribbean. In this episode we visit the island Grenada.

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  • Magic of Motion - Nature Tech 1/3 - The Secrets of Nature


    Most animals, and even a few plants, move. They swim, walk, run or fly in a wide range of ways, and in this program we look at how designers of planes, cars and robots have found inspiration in nature. Geckos, sharks and vultures have inspired innovation and inventions for humans.

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  • Drava - River of Peace River of World


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    The Drava, or Drau as it is known in Austria, is one of the last big, partially untamed lowland rivers of central Europe. Whereas in Austria the river is forced into a narrow concrete corset after a few kilometers, the lower reaches of the Drava at the border between Hungary and Croatia is practically untouched. For years it was cut off from the outside world by the Iron Curtain. At that time only soldiers were permitted to enter the border area. This allowed the areas along the Drava to keep its incredible variety of plant and animal life. Here black storks breed in the solitude of the forest, kingfishers and sea eagles fish in the branches of the Drava and innumerable bank swallows make their nests in the steep slopes rising from the river.

  • Croatias beautiful landscapes - The Sava floodplains


    Natural river landscapes have almost completely disappeared in Europe: The major rivers have almost all been transformed into channelled waterways. It is extremely rare to find a union comprising of a river, flooding area and cultivated land, as is the case with the huge Save floodplains of Croatia, where meadows and pastures of around 100.000 hectares have survived the destruction other European river valleys have faced. Here there is a landscape, in which mankind has always lived and secured a living, side by side with water. Flooding is a natural phenomenon in Lonjsko Polie, which determines life and provides a unique diversity of species.

  • The Danube from Vienna to Budapest


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    Take a behind the scenes peek into the lives of liner crew members and discover the pleasures of a life spent at sea.

    Stop Over will take you on prodigious trips across the most marvelous oceans and rivers of the world. Travel with us as we explore not just the waters of the world, but also the mythical cruise ships, legendary liners, magnificent sailboats and fascinating traditional vessels that take us from place to place.

    Board the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Royal Clipper, Le France/Le Norway, the Sun Boat II, the Classica, the Vat Phou, the Bolero, the Wind Song, the Grigoriy Mikheev icebreaker and the Silver Cloud among many others.

    Travel from Southampton to New York, Gao to Mopti, Aswan to Abu Simbel, Dubai to the port of Muscate, on the famous Incense Route of the Desert Cities in the Negev.

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  • Lake Neusiedl Expedition though the Reeds


    The blood-red sphere of the sun sinks beneath the horizon, and the calls of waterbirds and raptors cut through the twilight. This is the westernmost point of the Orient, Austria’s only steppe lake. Just two meters deep, Lake Neusiedl is surrounded by an immense reed jungle – a world in miniature where humans instantly lose their orientation. Deer thrive among the reeds. Along with acrocephalus warblers and nonagria moths, they find hiding places and plenty of food here. Natural salt ponds, miles-long sandbars and tumbleweed that was exported to the Wild West complete the picture of this unique place.

  • Fabulous Foals - The Secrets of Nature


    FABULOUS FOALS is a look at the incredibly diverse world of horses, focussing on their first months of life.

  • River Without Frontiers - The Secrets of Nature


    The Morava river with its forests is one of the most beautiful and ecologically valuable riverscapes featuring the richest biodiversity in all of Central Europe. Like a green ribbon, the riverine forests of the Morava – together with those of the Danube and the Dyje – link the Alps with the Carpathians, forming a bridge between Eastern and Central Europe. The influence of the Pannonian climate with its hot and dry summers combines with the slowly receding high waters to form a mosaic of extremely different habitats: moist meadows lie close to sand dunes, riverine forests alternate with dry primeval oak forests. This enormous diversity of habitats creates a refuge for animal and plant species, a specific composition that cannot be found in any other place.

  • The Isle - The Secrets of Nature


    Vienna's Danube Island, a river island artificially created some 20 years ago, has become a recreational retreat for tens of thousands of city dwellers. To tourists, it is an attraction praised in every traveller's guide. Sun worshipers, cyclists, skaters and night owls invade the island from the first days of spring until the fading of the autumn sun. No-one associates the island with wildlife and wilderness, and yet, unnoticed by most visitors, a secret army of wild animals has invaded the banks, forest and bushland right in the middle of a big river and a large city. Stone martens, beavers, rabbits, deer, herons, cormorants and black kites, various fishes, toads, frogs and insects have conquered the island and turned it into their own hunting and breeding grounds.

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  • Kamp - A River for All Senses - The Secrets of Nature


    Far from being a long, let alone a wide river, the waters of the Kamp river feed one of the most fascinating valley landscapes of Lower Austria. From its source to its estuary, which empties into the Danube, the river descends about 745 metres in altitude. A river course like the Kamp’s is a life corridor whose banks line increasingly rare wetlands, marshes, meadows, gallery forests, embankments, jungle-type shrubs and alluvial forests. While small sections of the river course were made a nature preserve, one whole section of the river was designated to become a “cultural park“. The region is shaped by its long-standing cultural tradition, the perfect soil for wine-growing, and an ever more strongly positioned gentle tourism industry.

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    By the requests from friends on Youtube, now i am uploading this documentary (Amazon The Flooded Forest) to Youtube. I had separeted them into 7 videos because to total playtime of this video is 90 minutes. I will keep continue to upload them all, so please be patient.

    Sorry for the poor video quality because this video was converted from the VHS.

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  • On Thin Ice - The Secrets of Nature


    With predictions of polar bears being extinct in 50 years, On Thin Ice follows bears as they emerge from their dens and navigate their rapidly changing environment. On Thin Ice shows how the frozen expanses of the Arctic are shrinking at an unprecedented rate, with the very survival of the polar bear literally on thin ice.

    Over the last year, producer/presenter Greg Grainger has mounted a series of expeditions across the Arctic to document the plight of the polar bear.

    * Researcher Nick Lunn tranquillises polar bears from his helicopter, cataloguing the diminishing health of the Western Hudson Bay bear population and finding the remains of a bear thought to have died from starvation.

    * Close and wild encounters with rangers from the Polar Bear Alert team as they chase bears out of the township of Churchill, built in the middle of the bears’ migration route. Follow one family of bears that have to be darted after they attempt to break into a building food for food, while another bold bear becomes trapped inside a garbage truck.

    * Hungry bears and husky dogs fighting one another at an isolated weather station north of Norway.

    * Polar bears in the wild as they capture seals and devour whale carcasses.

    There is no more iconic symbol of strength and adaptation to survival than the polar bear.... an animal so superbly suited to its environment that it thrives in the most hostile corners of the planet – until now.

    On Thin Ice - A moving account of Polar bears struggling to survive as climate change melts their summer hunting ground - the Arctic sea ice.

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  • The Incredible Hulik and His Beavers - The Secrets of Nature


    Biologist Tomas Hulik spent more than 300 days and nights in the wild riverine forest along the river March, separating Slovakia and Austria. After that, Rachel, the matron of this beaver territory, allowed him to watch the daily routine and dramatic adventures of her family of five at close range. In more than 200 shooting days, an ORF camera team accompanied Tomas to gather scenes never before filmed in the wild.

  • Jackals Out of Africa - The Secrets of Nature


    In some cultures, jackals were pursued and condemned as pests that fed on parasite-infested carcasses. In others, such as Ancient Egypt, they were divinely celebrated. This documentary accompanies a young scientist, who is drawn to these mythical mammals, and takes us on a journey to explore golden jackals, from Egypt to the barren hills of Greece.

  • Living with Polar Bears - The Secrets of Nature


    Living With Polar Bears offers awe-inspiring stories from Arctic photographers, park rangers and residents. These tales culminate to paint a vivid portrait of how Man and the ice bear are learning to survive and thrive harmoniously in a changing environment. Some encounters are inspirational. Others are outright frightening. Sonny Voyce knows the power of polar bears. A giant bear tracked him down and clamped its jaw around his head. John Bykerk almost met the same fate. A hungry bear became trapped in the back of his garbage truck. They’re just some of the frightening encounters featured in Living With Polar Bears.

  • Wildest Australia - The Secrets of Nature


    This program captures the essence of the Australian wilderness and its unique array of fascinating creatures. What is displayed is both the incredible beauty and diversity of its landscapes, and the wildlife that occupies each region. For instance, the film focuses on the world¹s largest sand island, Fraser Island, and the packs of dingoes that hunt its world-heritage listed beaches and rainforests.

  • Prater - The Green Stadium - The Secrets of Nature


    In the thicket of the meadows, badgers, foxes and deer are wandering around, while by the waters, Mandarin ducks are mating. They were imported for hunting purposes from China more than a hundred years ago and since then have established their place in the landscape. The Danube’s bayous are not only a paradise for waterfowl of all sorts but also a haven for beavers, who chop down tree after tree. Life flourishes in the meadows of the Prater, Vienna’s green lung. The 6.000.000 m2 big area of the Prater is full of “animal” surprises and it is exactly here where the 2008 UEFA European Championship will take place. This film portrays the diverse animal life in and around the stadium and will be available to international partners in time before the opening of the Euro 2008.

  • Barrow Island - Island Life 1/6 - The Secrets of Nature


    Barrow Island’s inventory of 15 land mammals, seven marine mammals, 110 species of bird and 40 reptiles makes up one of Australia’s most genetically important island populations. Many of these creatures are rare or extinct elsewhere, with Barrow their only haven. Which makes it surprising that Australia’s second biggest oil producer shares the island. Barrow Island is the story of industry and a precious island habitat sharing ground.

    Harry Butler – legend of Australian natural history television – has been there since the beginning. Harry discovered Barrow Island as a young naturalist, and stayed on as environmental consultant when a licence to drill for oil was granted in the mid 1950s. Now in retirement he continues to visit the island. Each year he runs environmental awareness courses for Island workers. He encourages all staff to take an active role in the Islands maintenance, emphasising their responsibility (with the risk of dismissal) to follow Island safeguards. A number of workers have not only taken up his teachings, but established their own techniques to care for the island.

    Les McClements came to Barrow island about thirteen years ago. Today he is primarily a grader driver. He is also mother to orphaned animals; resident expert in animal health and welfare, and is busy teaching other workers that you can be proud about feeding, weaning and releasing a joey, without losing your masculine credibility! Les and many of his friends are reversing stereotype notions about oilmen: “See...big oilmen do care!”, he says.

    Oil company staff are the only people admitted onto the island, though the company will accommodate various other groups interested in the island’s animals and plants – past and present. Fossil experts, government rangers, zoologists, cave divers, marine scientists (and TV crews) visit the island. The infrastructure provided by the oil company – including: roads and vehicles, a laboratory, resort style accommodation, flights in and out from the mainland, and three hot meals daily – allows scientists and others to explore this remote location with relative ease.

    While some observers continue to question the wisdom of ever allowing industry on one of Australia’s most important conservation reserves, the island’s range of endemic, rare and endangered species remains intact and vital.

    Unlike mainland Australia, introduced animals and plants have failed to gain a foothold here and so the island reflects a time mainland Australia has lost forever. It’s continued survival and careful management is something we must safeguard or we lose a second time round – with no more chances.

  • Water looms - Rivers - Animal Antics - The Secrets of Nature


    Rivers constitute the framework around which terrestrial life is woven. Born in mountain highlands, they rush youthfully downwards, mellowing in the foothills and finally merging once again with the source at the coast. This insert journeys with a river from birth to re-absorption. And we show how these watery looms are no longer able to hold together the fabric of existence.

  • Return of the Bald Ibis - The Secrets of Nature


    Four years ago a group of zoologists ventured out to indulge into a truly crazy adventure. Their ambition: to show a flock of bald ibises, birds that have been pushed over the brink by hunting and habitat destruction and only survived in zoos, how to fly to their winter quarters on their original seasonal migration routes.

  • Europes Amazon | The Danube Delta


    Incredible numbers of species have found sanctuary in this wild paradise. The Danube Delta is Europe’s unrivalled wetland.

    ‘Europe’s Amazon’ takes us through the vast network of wetland and channels in this 580,000-hectare delta. Over 200 thousand hectares of reed beds take root in these wetlands. The delta harbors the largest number of fish species anywhere in Europe and massive amounts of waterbirds of all kinds find their home here.

    Beavers are making their return into the area and also white-tailed eagles show a remarkable comeback. And with plenty of food and shelter, the opportunistic golden jackal is thriving here.

    Rewilding Europe is creating space for natural processes like forest regeneration, free flowing rivers, herbivory and carnivory to impact ecosystems. Across the continent, the interaction of these processes leads to constantly evolving landscapes rather than fixed habitats. A forest today can be a grassland in a few years, and vice versa. Understanding this dynamic – the ever-changing habitats in space and time – is the key to preserving Europe’s rich biodiversity.

    Enabling natural processes
    Rewilding Europe aims to create enabling conditions for wilder nature across Europe and has started this process at selected priority areas and pilot sites.

    Within our now eight rewilding areas we promote natural processes through various kinds of agreements with landowners, local park and reserve authorities, area manages and concession holders. We have established dozens such rewilding agreements: these include those in Swedish Lapland relating to river restoration and in Velebit Mountains to wildlife watching, in the Rhodope Mountains relating to restoring prey populations, and in a range of countries relating to natural grazing. Other agreement-related activities include work on wildlife corridors between national parks in the Central Apennines, based on agreements with so-called Bear Smart Communities. The total area of land under such rewilding agreements is now over 50,000 hectares.

    Natural grazing
    Natural grazing is an important ecological process which we now support in 21 different pilot areas across nine countries. These natural grazing pilots cover 15, 500 hectares, with the largest located in the Velebit Mountains (Lika Plains), Western Iberia (Faia Brava) and Danube Delta.

    As a natural progression of their reintroduction, the free-roaming horses and bison in the Rhodope Mountains (several sites) and the bison herd in the Southern Carpathians (Romania) have already expanded their home range by thousands of hectares.

    Rewilding forests
    The rewilding of forests is becoming increasingly important in our work, with the first pilot sites now becoming operational.

    In the Oder Delta, a section of the Olszanka alluvial forest has been protected, while in the Velebit Mountains work is underway to save 270 hectares of beautiful old growth forest in the Ramino Korito area. Our rewilding work in the Greater Côa Valley in Portugal focuses on restoring the high conservation value of Mediterranean forests and changing practices through transforming forestry plantations to wilder forest.

    Wetland restoration
    Wetlands are some of the planet’s most productive ecosystems. They not only support immense biodiversity, but they also provide an optimum natural environment for the sequestration and long-term storage of carbon dioxide.

    Rewilding of wetlands can help mitigate our climate impact by turning them back from carbon sources into carbon sinks. In the Danube Delta, our local team works to significantly improve the natural functioning of delta habitat, using rewilding principles on a landscape scale. Revitalized natural processes, particularly flooding and natural grazing, help to recover a healthy ecosystem that can provide people and nature with its myriad of benefits.

    Functional landscapes
    Natural processes play a vital role in shaping landscapes and ecosystems. Such natural processes include flooding, weather conditions, natural calamities, natural grazing, predation and scavenging. Natural processes lead to what we call “functional ecological landscapes”.

    Tackling emergencies
    Restoration of nature, based on rewilding principles, is one of the best ways of tackling our current climate and biodiversity emergencies. Rewilding ecosystems across Europe not only benefits wild nature, but it also enhances the wide range of benefits that such nature gives all Europeans – from clean air and water, carbon sequestration and fertile soil, right through to flood protection, climate change resilience and enhanced health and wellbeing.

    Yet, only 2% of all climate-related funding globally is put into the recovery of nature, while an estimated 37 of global emissions can be mitigated through such measures.

  • Nat Geo Wild HD - Wild Balkans HD - Nature Documentary


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    The Balkan Peninsula is notorious for being one of the great battlegrounds of history. And yet, it possesses another side unknown to many, where ancient forests and vast wetlands harbor pristine wilderness, and sheer cliff walls and desolate plateaus preserve a seemingly unchanged past. Surveying these striking and stark landscapes, one might think they ve ventured into the Middle-earth of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Indeed the Balkan Peninsula is home to a variety of regions that border on mythical. In Croatia's Kopacki Rit Wetlands, land mines keep people away, but enable native wildlife to thrive. Further south, Montenegro's Tara River carves through Europe s longest and deepest canyon, and neighboring forests provide refuge to rare animals such as the Balkan Lynx. To the east, millions of birds flock to the Danube Delta to feast on swarms of mosquitoes. And at the west of the Balkans is Skadar Lake, a remarkable landscape of peaks and water. This is a journey to a world seemingly forgotten by time. This is the wild Balkans.

    About Balkans

    The Balkan Peninsula and the Balkans is a peninsula and a cultural area in Southeast Europe with different and disputed borders. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the east of Serbia to the Black Sea at the east of Bulgaria.

    The Balkans meet the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea on the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala 2,925 metres (9,596 ft) on the Rila mountain range in Bulgaria.

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    Before the flood.
    Barefoot hiking through the national park near Vienna.



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