Islands of Evolution

The UK Overseas Territories include many of the most remote islands in the world. The extreme isolation of oceanic islands often radically alters the array of plant and animal species that arises, and those species that do succeed in colonising remote islands are often subject to powerful evolutionary forces. Through these factors, islands can be seen as powerful engines of evolution, on which unique species emerge in often strange and wonderful ways. This mini-documentary explores the evolutionary processes and some of the unique species that occur across UK Overseas Territories.

Please note: although complementary to the BBC FOUR series, the 40 short mini-documentaries are not commissioned or editorially overseen by BBC.

The three-part Britain’s Treasure Islands documentary series was broadcast on BBC FOUR on Tue 12 Apr 2016 21:00. (repeated Wed 13 Apr 2016 20:00). Contact to get passworded access to view a non-downloadable version of the broadcast programme online.