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Wild France with Ray Mears

  • Episode: 

    3 of 6

  • Title: 

    The Camargue
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 25 Jul 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 30 2016 : Sat 23 Jul - Fri 29 Jul
  • Channel: 

    ITV
Episode  3 - The Camargue
 
This Camargue is a vast wetland which includes ancient salt pans, huge expanses of river delta, inland salt-water lakes, and reed beds. 
 
Ray travel to meet the French cowboys-the  ‘gardians’ who’ve made it their home. He meet the beautiful white Camargue horses the cowboys ride and watches as they round use their skills to round up some powerful Camargue bulls. 
 
Ray visits the salt pans to discover how the salt influences the ecology of the area before heading off to meet some of the region’s most famous residents, the flamingos.  
 
 
Series overview
 
Ray explores the geography, flora and fauna of six dramatic French landscapes. The high mountain ranges of the Alps, the coastal waters of the Brittany, the chestnut forests of the Cevnnes,  the caves and gorges of the Ardeche, the wet-lands of Camargue and the rolling lavender plains of Provence’s unique maquis landscape. Across the series Ray explores the dramatic physical geography of each region; its topography, its climate and its extreme weather conditions. He tracks down and identifies the key wildlife species that live there and how they have adapted. He introduces us to animals with an ancient history with the land such as wolves and vultures as well as more unexpected and exotic wildlife such as pink flamingos and dolphins.