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Green planet and free awesome poster

Legendary nature historian, Sir David Attenborough offered a stunning insight into Earth’s plant life in a new series co-produced by the BBC and The Open University.

The first episode of the five-part series, The Green Planet, aired on 9 January at 7.00 pm on BBC One and the series is available on BBC iPlayer.

The programme follows David Attenborough on a journey throughout the world, beginning in the rainforests of the tropics and continuing onwards to scope remote deserts, underwater worlds, and the wilderness of the frozen north.

Through a series of mysterious worlds and climates, The Green Planet makes use of the latest research to illustrate the crucial role that plants play and their competitive and defensive nature in our ecosystem.

To accompany the series, Broadcast & Partnerships has produced a free poster exploring the critical role plants have on our planet. Copies are available by calling 0300 303 4200 or visiting our broadcast site. Our very own David Gowing has been one of the academic advisors for the programme and the series poster contains fabulous illustrations of floodplain meadow plants!

   (NB: the poster may not be available prior to broadcast)

    Discover the range of qualifications and modules from the      OU, related to this programme: 

    BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Science 





Flourishing Floodplains in the Severn and Avon Vales, Gloucestershire

Flourishing Floodplainsis an exciting new collaboration between FMP, FWAG-SW, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), in the Severn and Avon Vales. The project is supported by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund and has come about in part through the development of a Gloucestershire Floodplain Meadows Group, which started about 4 years ago. This group is chaired by the FMP but driven by several knowledgeable and eloquent local contacts, most notably from the Gloucestershire Naturalists Society (GNS), who have wandered through the Vale over the past 20 years noting areas of botanical interest and key areas for curlew. Funds from the Flourishing Floodplains project will enable the group to realise an ambition to undertake extensive botanical survey work covering 1,000 ha, whilst simultaneously allowing FMP to add to our growing soil carbon research by collecting 300 soil samples from different grassland types.

Read more in our blog here