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A Year in the Wild

All Episodes 2012 - 2017

  • Returning Series
  • BBC Two
  • 2012-07-27T04:30:00+04:30
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • Documentary
The breathtaking landscapes and spectacular wildlife of some of Britain's most iconic National Parks, seen through the eyes of people who know them best

6 episodes

1x01 Snowdonia

  • Series Premiere

    2012-07-27T08:30:00+04:30 — 60 mins

The breathtaking landscapes and spectacular wildlife of Snowdonia National Park, seen through the eyes of people who know it best. Snowdonia is Wales' most dramatic wild place, and one of the most beautiful and best loved in the whole of Britain. It's a land of extinct volcanoes surrounded by the Irish Sea, a spellbinding landscape whose peaks are some of the most ancient on the planet and whose valleys are a refuge for rare and fascinating wildlife including otters, hen harriers and peregrine falcons. This film follows a farmer, a National Park warden, a climber and a poet throughout the year and, through their intimate knowledge of Snowdonia, explores the nature of wilderness in modern Britain.

1x02 The New Forest

  • 2012-08-03T08:30:00+04:30 — 60 mins

A portrait of the ancient landscapes and spectacular wildlife of the New Forest National Park, seen through the eyes of the people who know it best. The New Forest is a fragment of the ancient wild wood that once stretched the length and breadth of Europe - it is also one of Britain's newest National Parks. This enchanted forest is like no other: pigs and ponies roam beneath mighty oaks and beeches, and pockets of heath land shelter some of the rarest creatures in Britain - including Dartford warblers, hobbies and sand lizards. People live here too - with a unique lifestyle that has survived since medieval times. This film follows a forest keeper, a coppicer, a storyteller and a farmer as the seasons change, revealing the secrets of an exquisite forest that's as old as England

1x03 Cairngorms

  • 2012-08-10T08:30:00+04:30 — 60 mins

The harsh beauty and surprising wildlife of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park through the eyes of the people who know it best. The Cairngorms is Britain's largest and wildest National Park. A land of Arctic extremes in the heart of the Scottish highlands. Its granite mountains and ancient pine forests are home to some of our rarest and most spectacular animals, including golden eagles, ptarmigan, capercaillie, red deer and crested tits. This lyrical and thought-provoking film reveals the inner secrets of this wild landscape over a year through the eyes of individuals who know and love the Cairngorms: a mountain guide, an artist, a salmon ghillie, a gamekeeper and a nature writer.

2x01 Yorkshire: Spring

  • Season Premiere

    2017-03-21T07:30:00+03:30 — 60 mins

Spring comes to the Dales and North York Moors National Parks, the season when the parks' animals must find food, a mate and raise a family. Adders battle to secure a mate, while grebes prefer a mating dance. On the coast, a quarter of a million sea birds arrive to nest, many returning to exactly the same nest site every year. And up around Malham Tarn, an injured, pregnant roe deer desperately seeks Spring's green shoots to survive.

2x02 Yorkshire: Summer

  • 2017-03-28T08:30:00+04:30 — 60 mins

Unseasonably cold summer weather causes difficulties for several animals in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, including an injured roe deer and her twins. High up in Malham Cove, two 40-day-old peregrines must learn how to fly, while south of the North York Moors National Park, a pair of grebes carry their youngsters around on their backs.

2x03 Yorkshire: Autumn

  • 2017-04-04T08:30:00+04:30 — 60 mins

Autumn is on hold as summer continues, with unexpectedly balmy conditions throwing a life line to the roe deer as they prepare for the winter ahead. For other animals, mating season has arrived, making for a dangerous and testosterone-fuelled time at Ravenscar Beach.