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Yorkshire: A Year in the Wild: Autumn
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Autumn has arrived but the long, slow summer has yet to loosen its hold on the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. The trees are stubbornly holding on to their leaves, which are yet to turn even the slightest bit bronze.
But time moves on in this pretty, undemanding documentary as Ravenscar beach near Whitby fills with hundreds of grey seals ready to pup and mate. It’s been a long sea journey and some seals, including one slowly being strangled by a fishing line, are pitifully injured.
In Studley Royal Park near Fountains Abbey a bellowing and rather magnificent red deer stag makes his intentions clear to the flirty females in the herd.
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.
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