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Wild Britain With Ray Mears

Published: Sat 05 Jan 2013

Ray Mears

 

Yorkshire Dales limestone : 
 
In the third series of WILD BRITAIN WITH RAY MEARS, Ray continues his celebration of the British landscape and its wildlife. Ray travels the length and breadth of Britain during spring and summer to explore forests, rivers, islands and coasts – revealing the wildlife secrets that each habitat reveals if you know where to look. 
 
At each location Ray meets a cast of local experts - conservationists and amateur enthusiasts with a passion for the wildlife on their doorstep. He shares his knowledge of field crafts, such as cooking limpets collected from the shore or tracking and observational techniques for wildlife, and examines the underlying geology which has given each landscape its character. 
 
In this episode, Ray ventures to the Yorkshire Dales to explore the limestone geology of the dramatic pavements, cliffs and caves and the wildlife dependent on it.
 
He meets Ingleborough Nature Reserve warden Colin Newlands who introduces him to the extraordinary plant life of the limestone pavement of Scar Close and squeezes himself down a gully in search of one of Britain’s largest spiders - the cave spider – which produces the most stretchable silk in the spider world. Ray teams up with researchers from the University of Leeds to survey the bat population and spends time observing the dipper – a small river bird which can walk underwater. He makes a rare sighting of a tawny owl using a tree trunk as perfect camouflage and discovers the disastrous truth about the spread of a crayfish decimating native fish stocks.