Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Wild Britain with Ray Mears DVD

In this series, television’s original survivalist, Ray Mears, takes us on an incredible journey, travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain. Each episode is themed around a different habitat to discover some of the varied landscapes and fascinating wildlife that these islands have to offer. From the dramatic heather moorlands of the Peak District, to the beautiful North Norfolk shingle shore and the quintessentially British hay meadow, Ray reveals the hidden world that lives just beyond our doorstep. Sharing his knowledge of field and craft and his passion for British wildlife, Ray shows us how to decode the landscape.

Deciduous Forest
The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is one of the few remaining ancient forests in England. It’s Spring and the forest floor is carpeted with bluebells and Ray’s favourite woodland creature, the hazel dormouse, is emerging from hibernation.

Shingle Shore
Britain’s bird-watching capital the beautiful North Norfolk coast where Ray explores the shingle spit that attracts grey and common seals, nesting sand martins and natterjack toads.

One of the country’s least known habitats, ‘The Breckland’ in East Anglia, home of the rare stone curlew.

Heather Moorlands and Uplands
One of the best-loved spectacles in the British countryside--the mighty Peak District--where Ray discovers short-eared owls and great-crested newts.

Ray travels to the beautiful Somerset Levels to explore the atmospheric waterways that are home to otters and an important breeding ground for herons.

Hay Meadow
Ray visits the quintessential British habitat--the beautiful hay meadow. Ray reveals the vital link between this precious habitat and some of our most glorious wildlife from bees to Barn owls.
An informative, educational and interesting look into Britain in the wild. Ray Mears takes us on a walk around Britain introducing us to the wildlife and plants etc and encourages viewers to investigate Britain themselves.
I really enjoyed the DVDs, having never watched any of his shows on television before. The last episode with the Barn Owls was my favorite and although cameras captured this footage, it never felt that they had intruded into their privacy. A breathtaking set of DVDs.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run Forum for sending me these DVDs to watch.

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