Iolo's Snowdonia

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Iolo's Snowdonia

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

More Lord of the Rings-style hero shots of a solo Iolo negotiating a mountain ridge preface the summer chapter of this seasonal study. Naturalist Iolo Williams certainly works for his fee. Not content with walking up Snowdon in 30°C heat while steam-train passengers wave at him, he also huffs and puffs up the less popular Cader Idris, at just under 3,000ft.

He also knows exactly where to look for wildlife: lowlands for buzzards and golden-ringed dragonflies; the Beddgelert rapids for the dipper; Porthmadog for the silver-studded blue butterfy. Even when scanning moorlands for hen harriers, he manages to spot a short-eared owl. Like Springwatch minus the puns, it makes for a lovely, relaxing half-hour.

Summary

Iolo Williams explores the area around the summit of Snowdon in summer, finding buzzards nesting and moths being hunted by migrant nightjars from Africa. He also climbs Cadair Idris, the highest peak in the south part of the park, visits sand dunes full of orchids and spends a day on the moors watching the hen harrier.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Iolo Williams
Director John Gwyn
Editor Jane Murrell
Producer John Gwyn
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