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Miniature Britain

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As far as we know, entomologist George McGavin doesn’t have a superpower, but he has the next best thing: a microscope camera that’s 7,000 times more powerful than the human eye, and he’s using it to take a close look at some of the tiny wildlife that inhabits our environment.

Inside an oak tree, he examines caterpillar feet, while a look at urban pavements reveals cute, moss-grazing tardigrades, or water bears. Of course, small things aren’t always sweet. Dust mites, with their diet of human skin, are a stomach-turning prospect, as is the remarkable footage of a bee pumping venom into McGavin’s hand.


Biologist George McGavin travels around Britain with a revolutionary new microscope camera to provide a close-up view of the natural world. The film reveals how caterpillars' feet have hooks that anchor them upside down to leaves, butterfly and moth wings are a kaleidoscope of colourful scales that deter predators, and birds' feathers have thousands of hooks that zip together to keep them airborne. The film-makers also show miniature life in cities, such as creatures grazing the moss on pavements and the legions of dust mites scavenging for food in everyday homes.

Cast & Crew

Presenter George McGavin
Director Jo Scofield
Director John Miller
Executive Producer Tim Martin
Producer Jo Scofield
Producer John Miller
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