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North Dorset Nature – Episode 22

Our weekly programme devoted to wildlife in Shaftesbury and the villages, presented by Dee Abbott. 

On this week’s show:

  • Nick Crump chats to Mariko Whyte about the life cycle of the peacock butterfly. It has some interesting strategies to avoid getting eaten. The big striking eye markings on the wing are meant to resemble a bird, but even when it is in hibernation it has other tricks up its sleeve to warn off predators.
  • Following an incident involving Ben, a ride-on mower, and a bush of stinging nettles in Motcombe, Ben Hussey and Natalie Bourchier look into the amazing range of defence mechanisms that plants deploy in order to protect themselves from over grazing.
  • Nick Crump chats to young Shaftesbury naturalists Esther, Hazel and their mum Sarah about their feelings on nature and the environment. The family talk about making connections with wildlife that have left a lasting impression on their young minds.