by Brandy D. Anderson
It’s difficult to resist the charms brought on by nature, and while going out and experiencing the great outdoors in person is certainly the best thing, it’s not always possible. So, what’s a nature lover to do when cooped up inside? Turn to YouTube, of course, where nature is only a click away! I’ve wrestled up the four best nature channels to help you get your mind set to an open environment even if you’re surrounded by four walls.
About: “The world is an amazing place full of stories, beauty and natural wonder. Jump in to BBC Earth‘s YouTube channel and meet your planet. You’ll find 50 years worth of astounding, entertaining, thought-provoking and educational natural history content on here. Dramatic, rare, and exclusive, nature doesn’t get more exciting than this. Subscribe to be the first to view new clips and competitions. BBC Earth‘s digital reinvention can also be seen in all its glory on the intuitive, interactive Meet Your Planet section of the BBC Earth website, with unbelievable video clips, images and stories. And you can become part of the BBC community by checking out our Planet Earth page on Facebook. Here you’ll find the best natural history content from the web, more competitions, exclusive videos and images and a thriving, vibrant community. This is a channel from BBC Worldwide who help fund new BBC programmes.”
BBC in general is known for its awesome programs, but BBC Earth has some of the best documentaries ever. Part of that is due to frequent, longtime host Sir David Attenborough. It’s difficult to not get sucked in by Attenborough’s enthusiasm for nature and his oh, so soothing voice. One of their most recent videos is called “Giant Elephant Bird Egg – #Attenborough90”. It starts with Attenborough showcasing a curiously large egg as he questions what a giant elephant bird would really look like, before he then sweeps you away with him to the sandy dunes of Madagascar whilst you join him in his search for answers.
You’ll find a plethora of more videos here, including: “Dangerously Close to Wolves – Snow Wolf Family and Me”, “Explaining the Tree of Life – #Attenborough90”, “Mind-blowing Variety of Life On Earth”, “Charles Darwin’s Galapagos Discovery”, “Attenborough Communicates with Biami Tribe”, “Where Did the Easter Island Statues Come From?”, “Experiment! How Does an Owl Fly So Silently? – Super Powered”, and “Flying Over the Cloud Forest of Mexico – Wilderness Sessions”. There are more than one hundred play lists, including: “#Attenborough90”, “Africa”, “Super Giant Animals”, “Planet Dinosaur”, “Wild Alaska”, “Life Story”, “Wild Arabia”, “Wonders of Life”, “Madagascar with Sir David Attenborough”, “Nature’s Great Events”, and “Inside the Animal Mind”. They post an average of four new videos a week.
About: “Love Nature inspires you to discover, explore and connect with the beauty and wonder of nature.”
This channel offers a diverse amount of nature content, with tons of videos featuring wondrous landscapes, nature documentaries, and footage of both domestic and wild animals. The quirky selection provides a nice array of choices, sure to please any nature lover. Some of the titles include “Get Closer to Nature and Make a Difference ” , “Could the Universe Be Smaller Than We Think?”, “How Have Sharks Survived For Over 400 Million Years?”, “How Did the Universe Begin?”, and “Celebrating Mother Nature “.
“How Resilient is Greenland’s Ice Sheet?” gives you a quick, and pretty scary, rundown of the effects of global warming. You can watch a heart warming tale about how a “2 Legged Dog and [a] 3 Legged Cat Are Best Friends”. There’s a video which poses the question “How Did Saturn Get Its Rings?” Another interesting video is called “Extremely Dangerous Solar Flare Ups “. Every month the channel releases a handy “See What’s Streaming” trailer, which gives you a nice preview and teaser of the content to come. Play lists include “Monthly Highlights”, “Love Nature List “, “Athabasca Sand Dunes”, “Pacific Rim National Park”, “Nature Moments”, “Space” , “Of Education”, “A Park for All Seasons – Webisodes”, and more. Eight to ten new videos are posted monthly on Love Nature.
About: “SHARING MOMENTS OF PEACE, CALM AND HEALING WITH THE WORLD. I search out tranquil, quiet places in nature where we like to go when we want peace and calm, away from the stresses of modern day life. I capture the sense of beauty and tranquility of each location in sound and vision. It is my pleasure to bring these healing videos to you, free for you to relax with at any time of the day or night, anywhere in the world. If you find these videos relaxing why not share them with your friends, especially those you feel lead stressful lives. They will thank you for gifting them a few moments of calm. Kind regards Johnnie Lawson”
This channel is a perfect place to go if you need some rest and relaxation. Whether you need “Nature Meditation for Insomnia and Relaxing” (and Lawson has made this video eight hours long, perfect to put on whilst sleeping, or at least attempting to), “One Hour Nature Sounds – Bluebell, Woods, Birdsong, Forest Sound”, or “Eight Hours, Calming Birds, Sound of Water Relaxation, Meditation” , you’re sure to find anything you’re looking for.
More videos include “Short Meditation Without Birdsong, Calming Sound of Water Relaxation”, “Twenty Minutes, Waterfall Without Birdsong Relaxation – Soothing, Relaxing, Calming ” , “Happy Christmas From Ireland – Nature Sounds With Relaxing Piano Music – Relaxation, Meditation”, “One Hour Relaxing Sound of Water – Meditation, Relaxation Without Birdsong – Calming”, and “Twenty Minutes Relaxing Nature Sounds – Lapping Water – Birds Singing – Birdsong Relaxation – A Short Meditation “. In addition to the serene sounds, each video also features constant and changing views of natural landscapes. There are a number of play lists, including: “Eight Hour Water Sounds Without Birdsong”, “Short Meditations In Nature”, “Eight Hour Nature Sounds “, “Classical Music With Nature”, and “Nature Sounds” (there are a whopping three-hundred-eleven videos in this particular play list). Lawson also has a couple of audiobook play lists as well. While there’s not a specific schedule for new videos, Lawson posts an average of two to four new nature videos a month.
About: “We’re Earth Unplugged, and we make films about the incredible natural world exclusively for YouTube. We investigate the conundrums, quirks and beautiful science of our amazing planet, delving into the BBC vaults and mixing it up with our own stuff to take a brand new look at Earth. Our planet is mind-blowing. Join us as we explore what it has to offer.”
Okay, you may be wondering why this second BBC Earth channel is on the list, but it deserves its own spot, apart from BBC Earth, because it really is a different channel and its content is exclusively made for YouTube. The hosts are all energetic and likeable, and they aren’t afraid to get right down to the heart of nature, no matter how unflattering some of the situations are. One thing that sets this channel apart is its DIY videos, like the recent “DIY Tips to Photograph Birds Using Your Smartphone – Cheap Shot Challenge”.
More videos include: “Eagle Owl Found Hiding in Library!”(which instantly brings to mind Hedwig and Harry Potter, even if the owl isn’t a Snowy one), “The Gorillas Meet Attenborough Featuring Aardman Animations”, “Sam’s Top Five Nature Hacks – Cheap Shot Challenge”, “How Many Heartbeats Do You Have Left?”, “In Between – Wilderness Sessions”, “Spider Web Time-Lapse”, and “African Spirit of Adventure Wilderness Sessions”. The play lists are: “#Attenborough90 Aardman Films!”, “Cheap Shot Challenge”, “The Hunt Vlogs – #EarthOnLocation”, “Enchanted Kingdom – #EarthOnLocation”, “Wilderness Sessions”, “Slow Motion”, “Slowmo Deadly Animal Attacks”, “Our Favourite Collaborations”, “Animals Up-Close and Personal”, “Can You Guess the Animal?”, “Youtubers’ Favourite Attenborbough Moments”, and “Awesome Animal Top 10s”.