Wild Britain With Ray Mears
Published: Mon 18 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 final episode, Ray revisits some of his favourite moments from the series.
He starts on the Isle of Mull where he swam with the world’s second largest fish – the incredible basking shark – and observed two white-tailed eagle chicks in their nest with the help of David Sexton from the RSPB. Ray canoes on a loch in Argyll and discovers a pair of recently reintroduced and extremely charismatic European beavers. The coastal rainforest of west Scotland provides the opportunity for Ray to watch one of his favourites – the introduced Sika deer and a journey into a cave in the Yorkshire Dales brings him close to one of Britain’s largest spiders. In Wales, Ray watches the extraordinary breeding behaviour of sea lamprey – a weird fish that migrates into freshwater to spawn at the end of its life – and in England he discovers a curious ancient invertebrate – the fairy shrimp – which owes its survival to the training tanks on Salisbury Plain. The Isle of Wight provided Ray with the perfect opportunity to observe red squirrels and another iconic British mammal – the badger.