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Living Landscape – An Australian Ecosystems Series

Living Landscape – An Australian Ecosystems Series (10 parts)

Welcome to “The Living Landscape – an Australian Ecosystems Series” produced by Gulliver Media and Education Queensland. This series previously went to air on ABC TV in the “For Schools” slot.

The 10 episodes here run between 15 minutes and 22 minutes each. Schools and other educational institutions are given permission to use these videos as they appear on this webpage for legitimate educational purposes only. Copying and duplication is forbidden. Please apply to Gulliver Media using the below online form if you wish to purchase the series on DVD.

Introduction To Ecosystems

Episode 1: Introduction To Ecosystems

Episode Description:
This episode introduces the other 9 episodes and does all the hard work of explaining definitions of terms used throughout the Series.

Urban Ecosystems

Episode 2: Urban Ecosystems

Episode Description:
Towns and cities greatly alter the natural ecosystems that were previously there. But it is not always a change for the worse for all species. Many plants and animals thrive in the artificial landscape formed by houses, railways, parkland and subyrban backyards. But not all species are beneficial to Australia – consider the introduced sparrow, the Indian Myna bird and pigeons. On the other hand native flying foxes (fruit bats) flock to backyards to take advantage of a free feed supplied by planted fruit trees.

Rainforest Ecosystems

Episode 3: Rainforest Ecosystems

Episode Description:
Less than one per cent of Australia is covered by Rainforest, down from an approximate 10% that once covered the continent. Again we look at typical animals and plants that make up the biota of this rare ecosystem.

Rivers and Riparian Fringe

Episode 4: Rivers and Riparian Fringe

Episode Description:
Although rivers and their associated riparian fringe totals a very small area of Australia the waters they carry are vital for the well being of our continent. We look at the food web and place animals such as the pelican and plants such as the callistemon in context.

Mangroves And Wetlands

Episode 5: Mangroves And Wetlands

Episode Description:
Wetlands form an important buffer filtering water before the runoff reaches rivers, bays and the sea. Mangroves are seen to be more productive, hectare for hectare, than sugar cane farms because they provide the start of the food web that nearly all marine creatures depend on.

Dry Schlorophyll Ecosystem

Episode 6: Dry Schlorophyll Ecosystem

Episode Description:
This ecosystem is otherwise known as “The Bush.” The episode introduces several animals typical of the Bush – koalas, kangaroos and several typical plants, such as Eucalypts (‘gum trees’) and other flowering plants.

Arid Inland Ecosystem

Episode 7: Arid Inland Ecosystem

Episode Description:
We look at what forms the majority of the Australian landmass; the parts that receives 200mm (approx 10 inches) rainfall or less on the average per annum. The episode explains that although the rainfall is low, it is also irregular and unpredictable with no or little rainfall for many years that can be followed by torrential flooding falls. Two animals and plants are examined to see their special adaptation to these conditions.

Island Ecosystems

Episode 8: Island Ecosystems

Episode Description:
We examine the special adaptations that animals and plants make to survive on small isolated patches of dry land surrounded by the sea and examine how islands are formed and colonized by a succession of plants, insects and animals and look at the special relationship of marine turtles to islands in the tropics and subtropics.

Reef Ecosystem

Episode 9: Reef Ecosystem

Episode Description:
This episodes examines coral reefs and the nature of this mostly closed energy system and answers the question ‘why do reefs support many species but only a relative small number of individuals of that species?”

Remnant Ecosystems

Episode 10: Remnant Ecosystems

Episode Description:
Remnant ecosystems, such as small patches found along stock routes, unused land, corners of cemeteries, may contain specimes of animals and plant life that has generally disappeared elsewhere due to overgrazing, overuse, cities and so on.