Wild Britain With Ray Mears
Published: Mon 11 Feb 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 the area known as The Weald – a medieval landscape of ancient forest, small fields and heath on the Kent-Sussex border in south east England. Here Ray observes herds of fallow deer with fawns in the 13th century royal hunting park of Ashdown Forest and meets Sussex Wildlife Trust ranger Alice Parfitt to explore the surprising sights the forests heathland has to offer. The Weald has been shaped by its human history and landscape archaeologist Dr Nicola Bannister helps Ray understand the role the iron industry had in creating the landscape we see today. Foxes, dragonflies and our three native species of snake – the harmless slow worm, grass snake and venomous adder can all be found in the Weald if you know where to look. Finally, Ray is impressed by the knowledge of 15 year old wildlife ranger Jack Clarke whose passion is for a snail-eating luminescent beetle, the glow worm.