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Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild

S1-E4 Winter

S1-E4 Winter

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Time to book that Trossachs getaway. If this series hasn’t filled you with a desire to see the remote glens and their seemingly thriving wildlife, nothing will. It gets across the flavour of a properly wild corner of Britain. For all we know there may be a pylon or a phone box just out of view in every shot, but it looks for all the world like out-and-out wilderness – in the case of the temperate rainforest, wilderness that is 10,000 years old, we’re told.

Among the residents whose habits we learn about in the final programme are mountain hares that have been wrong-footed by mild weather. It’s February and their coats have turned white, but since it still hasn’t snowed this gives them all the natural camouflage of a hi-vis jacket.


The winter is mild and wet, which is good news for some but bad news for others at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Cameras follow red deer who are forced to move up to higher ground, while salmon have survived six months without food. Meanwhile, mountain hares turn a conspicuous white to help them hide from predators, but with no snow they have become easy targets for hungry eagles. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Director Duncan Chard
Executive Producer Dick Colthurst
Executive Producer Melanie Darlaston
Producer Duncan Chard


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