Wild Britain With Ray Mears
Published: Fri 18 Jan 2013
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 explores one of the world’s rarest habitats – temperate rainforest - in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland.
This so-called ‘Celtic Rainforest’ is one of just seven areas of temperate rainforest in the world. Here he discovers the skittish sika deer – an introduced species from Japan now settled in Britain – and meets local lichenologist Andy Atkins who shows him a wealth of lichen species which thrive in the wet humid climate of the Argyll coast.
Ray gets a rare chance to observe the nest of a pair of ospreys and meets a rodent with an impressive set of construction skills.
The European beaver has been reintroduced to Scotland after an absence of 400 years and Ray meets Alan Bantick of the Scottish Beaver Trial to find out just why the beaver’s return has been so beneficial for other wildlife.