A few weeks ago I wrote about the Beijing Swifts being filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit for a new series about urban wildlife. “Cities: Nature’s New Wild”, a three-part series, was shown on BBC2 in late December and early January. Unfortunately, at the last minute, the UK version was stripped of the Beijing Swift clip, which was replaced with a piece on Indonesian Swiftlets. The Beijing Swifts will be part of the international version of the series that will be shown overseas.
I am pleased to say the full three-minute clip, including subtitles in Mandarin, can be seen here:
It’s great to see so many familiar local faces, many of whom were involved in the Beijing Swift Project to track these iconic birds from the Summer Palace to their wintering grounds in southern Africa and back, an astonishing 26,000km round-trip!