Wild Britain with Ray Mears

Series 3 - 2. Isle of Wight Woodland

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

The final shot of this film shows Ray Mears looking over his shoulder with a beatific beam. It’s understandable. He’s thrilled at having seen, at very close quarters, four badgers snuffling around their sett in ancient woodland on the Isle of Wight. The island has no deer and so the undergrowth is undisturbed, providing a perfect habitat for different species such as stoats, newts and the very cute but endangered dormouse.

Another creature absent is the aggressive grey squirrel, which means the native red squirrel is thriving here despite the lack of Scots pine seeds, its preferred food.

About this programme

2/10. The survival expert explores the ancient forests of the Isle of Wight, revealing why the island provides the perfect sanctuary for endangered red squirrels to breed and prosper, and how the absence of deer has allowed small mammals to flourish in deciduous woodland. He joins Ian White of the People's Trust for Endangered Species as he goes on his rounds, checking nest boxes designed to preserve the dormouse, and finds out about one of Britain's rarest amphibians - the great crested newt.

Cast and crew


Ray Mears


Phil Coles
Executive Producer
Petra Regent
Series Producer
Hayley Smith