Wild Britain With Ray Mears

Friday, 4 January 2013, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In the third series, 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 ventures out into the nutrient-rich waters around the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides in search of marine and coastal wildlife. He travels with local whale watching skipper James Fairburns as they look for the signs of minke whale and Ray comes face to face with the world’s second largest fish when he snorkels with an enormous basking shark.

Ray struggles to stay on his feet as the boat takes him to the epicentre of the Corywreckan whirlpool – a curious marine phenomena then ventures onto land to observe a secretive otter hunting along the coast. Ray meets David Sexton – Mull’s RSPB officer who shows him a very special nest site of the white-tailed eagle – a bird once lost to the Scottish landscape but now back thanks to a pioneering reintroduction project.

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