Wild Britain With Ray Mears
Published: Sat 15 Dec 2012
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 ancient forests on the Isle of Wight in southern England.
Cut off from the mainland, the island has no grey squirrels making it a sanctuary for our native endangered red squirrels. The absence of deer has resulted in dense understory in deciduous woodland perfect for small mammals such as the stoat and hazel dormouse.
Ray meets Ian White of the People’s Trust for Endangered Species as he surveys nest boxes put in to aid the survival of the dormouse.
Ray catches up with Richard Grogan of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to find out about Britain’s rarest amphibian, the great crested newt – a true woodland species despite being more commonly associated with ponds.
He then has an amazing encounter with a badger at the end of an extraordinary day.