Jan Andries van Franeker in BBC2 'Autumnwatch' about fulmars and plastic waste

BBC Two 'Autumnwatch' about fulmars and plastic waste

The popular BBC2 nature program ‘Autumnwatch’ highlighted the problem of plastics in the marine environment, with special attention to the example of the fulmar, showing a short documentary on Orkney fulmars.

Two clips are certainly of interest.

'No time to be complacent'

An  introduction to the marine plastic problem (and fulmars) by the Autumnwatch reporters:

“There’s no time to be complacent” - The shocking toll of plastic on our oceans (5 mins)

'The flying dustbin of the ocean'

Short documentary on Orkney Fulmars. Filmmaker Raymond Besant shows the beauty of Fulmars on the Orkney Islands and visits the lab of Wageningen Marine Research in Den Helder to see the stomach contents of a bird that he found dead.

"Sea birds like fulmars are suffering because of plastic dumped in our oceans" (6 mins)

Scottish filmmaker Raymond Besant filming on the beach of Texel, the Netherlands.
Scottish filmmaker Raymond Besant filming on the beach of Texel, the Netherlands.
Plastics from the stomach of the fulmar found by Raymond Besant (nr Ork-2017-001)
Plastics from the stomach of the fulmar found by Raymond Besant (nr Ork-2017-001)