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Wild France with Ray Mears

  • Episode: 

    4 of 6

  • Title: 

    The Cevennes
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 01 Aug 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 31 2016 : Sat 30 Jul - Fri 05 Aug
  • Channel: 

    ITV
Episode 4 - The Cevennes
 
Ray visits The Cevennes National Park, one of the most uninhabited regions in France. He travels deep into the Chestnut forest to meet Laurent, a local farmer whose family have grown chestnut trees for generations. He sets up a campfire to cook some chestnuts to make a chestnut soup. 
 
He continues his journey, meeting a local bee keeper who builds traditional hives from tree trunks before heading off to find an animal who would once have been a common to this area, the wolf. Living in the park amongst the wolves are vultures and Ray hears the story of their successful re-introduction to the area. 
 
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.