Liz Bonnin discovers the cauldron of life

Liz Bonnin will present Galapagos on BBC1.
Liz Bonnin will present Galapagos on BBC1.

In 2006 the BBC screened a three part natural history programme called Galapagos. Anybody noticing that there is programme with the same name on BBC1 on Thursday at 9pm could be excused for thinking that it was a repeat of the 2006 programme.

However they would be wrong as this week there is a new three part programme called Galapagos. This new series is presented by Liz Bonnin and she and a team of scientists set out to discover as much as they can about the fantastic wildlife that inhabits this particular part of the world.

This is important at this time because it is felt that this tropical paradise is undergoing quite a few changes, as a result of climate change. Natural history programmes on television have certainly evolved through the decades and this programme will be employing state of the art equipment in the programme makers’ quest to inform viewers about what is happening to our natural world. In the first episode, which is called Cauldron of Life, Liz and the team travel in the research vessel, the Alucia, to the most volcanically active islands – Isabel and Fernandina.

They search for the elusive and almost extinct pink iguana which has chosen to make its home at the top of the tallest of the volcanoes. From there Liz journeys underwater a whole kilometre using a submersible - in the hope of discovering a new species. It is deeper than anyone has gone before in that area. She then visits the Alcedo Volcano to see the giant tortoises that live there. There used to be a large number of them but how many are now left after the recent drought? Finally Liz helps out with an experiment featuring marine iguanas who seem to have mutated in a rather unusual way.

Ian K