Wild Britain with Ray Mears

Isle of Wight Coast

Series 3 - Episode 7 Isle of Wight Coast



Ray Mears’s mission in this series is to open our eyes to the wealth of species around us. At some point you wish he’d explore the wildlife of a business park or a suburban housing estate, but half the point is taking us to scenic, wild places where Ray can enthuse.

And it doesn’t get much more scenic than the south coast of the Isle of Wight, this week’s destination. On Ray’s to-do list are smooth-hound sharks (he catches them), ravens and a rare species of butterfly, the glanville fritillary. He also joins a local expert for an activity the beaches there see plenty of every summer – rockpooling.


The survival expert travels along the south coast of the Isle of Wight. He visits a shipwreck that has become a natural habitat for marine species such as the conger eel and spiny spider crab, and with the help of a local angler goes in search of smooth-hound sharks. Back on dry land, Ray finds out how the preserved footprints of an iguanodon reveal the way the dinosaur walked, observes a colony of ravens, and is introduced to the rare Glanville fritillary butterfly.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ray Mears
Director Phil Coles
Executive Producer Petra Regent
Series Producer Hayley Smith