The stunning limestone landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales are the subject of a programme on primetime ITV tomorrow night (Friday).
In the latest episode of Wild Britain With Ray Mears, Ray continues his celebration of the British landscape and its wildlife as he ventures to the Dales to explore the limestone geology of the dramatic pavements, cliffs and caves and the wildlife dependent on it.
He meets Ingleborough Nature Reserve warden Colin Newlands who introduces him to the extraordinary plant life of the limestone pavement of Scar Close and squeezes himself down a gully in search of one of Britain’s largest spiders – the cave spider – which produces the most stretchable silk in the spider world.
Ray teams up with researchers from the University of Leeds to survey the bat population and spends time observing the dipper – a small river bird which can walk underwater. He makes a rare sighting of a tawny owl using a tree trunk as perfect camouflage and discovers the disastrous truth about the spread of a crayfish decimating native fish stocks.
Wild Britain With Ray Mears is on ITV on Friday, 18 Januay at 8pm.