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Johnny Kingdom’s Wild Exmoor

  • Episode: 

    4 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 22 Jun 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 26 2015 : Sat 20 Jun - Fri 26 Jun
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  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Winter has arrived, the time of year when the salmon return home from the Atlantic Ocean to lay their eggs in the rivers where they were born. Johnny has been scouring Exmoor looking for them and finally in the tiny village of Brayford, Johnny gets his shots of a large male salmon.  
It’s also the time of year for the South Molton Fatstock Market, which attracts sheep farmers from all over southwest England keen to demonstrate the quality of their animals. But Johnny's favourites are the Shire horses and he helps out as one of these huge beasts is fitted with new shoes. 
During the winter months migrant and domestic birds seek shelter in some of the estuaries on the north Devon coast and Johnny loves the challenge of trying to film them. At the Taw Estuary he finds a Little Egret, Shelduck and a beautiful Curlew, once plentiful on Exmoor but now rarely seen. Before he heads home he visits the coastal town of Porlock to join in the traditional festival of ‘wassailing’. The townsfolk parade through the streets toasting the apple trees with cider and making as much noise as possible to ward off evil spirits. 
But it wouldn't be winter on Exmoor without the snow and as the weather turns bad, Johnny heads for the moor and encounters first some hardy Highland cattle, followed by a herd of ponies scraping at the ground for some food under the snow. 
Exmoor was the first place in Europe to become a Dark Sky Reserve - the absence of artificial light creates some beautiful starry skies and also helps Johnny capture on a night vision camera the first shots he's ever had of wild boar wallowing in mud.  He’s thrilled! 
And now with winter nearly over, to round off Johnny's year he joins sheep farmer Jason Toft and helps deliver a lamb. Of course this means that spring is almost here once more, ushering in another new year on Exmoor.