The Great British Year in pictures

From 100,000 Arctic knots in the Wash Estuary to snowdrop petals opening to a classical crescendo – new BBC time-lapse footage is set to guide us through our nation’s natural year as we’ve never seen it before

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Propelling the viewer through autumn, summer, spring and winter via remarkable timelapse footage of migrations, flowers blooming and adders basking in the midday sun, The Great British Year (9pm, 2 October, BBC1) accounts our nation’s seasons in incredible detail.

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Produced by award winning-natural historian James Brickell, the four-part show will investigate why Britain’s climate is so unique, using fascinating new filming methods, resulting in footage that wouldn’t be possible with regular technology.

“This is a wildlife series filmed in a new way…” explained Brickell, “with help from an army of time-lapse specialists dotted around the country, who were able capture spectacular footage as our country transformed from day to day and season to season.

Brickell believes that social media had a key part to play in making this mini-series.

“Using social media to keep in touch with the wildlife-loving British public meant we could be on hand to capture key wildlife moments in the year, and film in a way that just would not have been possible a few years ago.”

See below for stunning stills from the new show:

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