If we asked you to name three national treasures, we bet one of your answers will be Sir David Attenborough. A hero to us all, Sir David has inspired generations with his natural history programmes, granting us unprecedented access and unique insight into the ways of the wonderful, untameable, wild world.
We delved into the deep, dark depths of the ocean watching The Blue Planet. We sympathised with polar bears and Arctic wolves watching The Frozen Planet. And we all watched with bated breath as a baby iguana ran for its life while being chased by snakes on Planet Earth II (and cheered when the little fella made it!).
In fact, Planet Earth II, which aired late last year, was the most watched natural history programme in the UK for over 15 years, drawing in around 9.2 million viewers during the opening episode alone.
Of course, it’s not just Sir David’s encapsulating documentaries that inspire our love for the natural world. Many nature-lovers have used their passion to create inspiring documentaries and to better educate us about nature; the way it works, the challenges it faces, and how humans play a pivotal part in its preservation and future.
Inspiring our little ones
We know we moan about wasting evenings watching TV, but if kids are watching TV to learn about our lovely little planet, that can only be a good thing! Natural history programmes are capturing our kids’ imaginations, fuelling their curiosity, and inspiring them get out there and live life adventurously!
So, this weekend, why not make like Sir David and go and immerse yourself in the natural world!? For instance, why don’t you pay a visit to a local forest? Help your little ones learn all about the different types of trees, see how many species of wildlife you can spot, or gather natural materials to build a leafy hideout.
If your little ones (and you) are fans of nature and wildlife docs, no doubt you’ve watched a few episodes based on our furry, monkey pals. You’ve watched them in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees, play-fighting on the forest floor with one another. Well, we’ve got a suggestion: why not have a go at being a monkey yourself!?
See things from the perspective of your furry friends by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior at Go Ape! Our courses are set high up in the canopy and feature a whole heap of fun obstacles for you to tackle. You’ll wobble across bridges, clamber up ropes, leap from platforms and into nets, whoosh through the air via zip wire and much, much more! Let’s hear you: Oh ah ah ah, oh oh, ah ah ah!