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TV preview – The British Garden: Life And Death On Your Lawn

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Chris Packham stars in BBC Four's The British Garden: Life and Death on you Lawn. Picture; BBC Pictures

BBC Four, Tuesday, July 11, 9pm-10.30pm

Are you convinced your garden is good for native flora and fauna? 

In this 90-minute BBC film, naturalist Chris Packham and a team of experts spend a year exploring eight gardens on a suburban street to answer a vital question: how good for wildlife is the great British garden?

Beneath the groomed borders they reveal a beautiful and brutal world that’s far wilder than you might think.

Through all four seasons, Chris examines the secret lives of the gardens’ smallest residents, finding male crickets that bribe females with food during sex, colour-changing spiders that help them catch prey, and life-and-death battles in the compost heap.

There is also a different side to more familiar garden residents, showing that a robin’s red breast is actually war paint, and a single litter of foxes can have up to five different fathers.

In Spring, Chris witnesses a boiling ball of frogs in a once-in-a-year mating frenzy.

By the end of the year, with the help of a team from London’s Natural History Museum, as well as top naturalists, Chris reveals the sheer variety of wildlife living in the back gardens of just one street, and how good for wildlife our gardens really are.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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