God’s Own Country is set to feature in Sir David Attenborough’s next BBC series Wild Isles, which is set to debut this Sunday at 7pm. The show featuring Yorkshire has been described as a ‘rare’ and ‘very special’.
The Wild Isles series crew filmed in 145 locations and 96 species which took 1,631 days. Celebrate the isles’ five main habitats – isles, woodlands, grasslands, freshwater and marine.
The five-part show, which was filmed over three years, will shine a light on the challenges affecting the British Isles as well as celebrating nature that exists on our doorstep.
The exact location of the filming is unclear, but it’s more than likely that the Yorkshire Dales will be part of Yorkshire to feature with limestone pavements being the focus.
One of the most famous limestone pavements is Malham Cove, which is the filming location for scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a ‘very special’ and rare habitat.
The unique limestone pavement was created in the ice cafe when the ‘scouring’ ice sheet revealed the pavements.
Sir David, 96, will feature in the first episode this Sunday which is set on Old Harry Rocks in Dorset and ill look at why Britain and Ireland are critical for the survival of species across the globe.
The episode is also set to feature killer whales hunting seals, golden eagles scavenging, and puffins chased by greedy gulls and sinister plants holding unsuspecting insects hostage.
Not only that, the biggest colony of northern gannets in the world migrating across the east coast of Scotland, and barnacle geese travelling to the west coast to avoid the white-tailed eagle.
Sir David Attenborough will highlight that Britain and Ireland’s habitats are amongst the most depleted in the world and looks at how we can restore our wild isles for future generations.
Hilary Jeffkins series producer and bafta award-winning filmmaker said: “I hope that after watching this series our audience will be wowed by the wildlife and spectacular places in Britain and Ireland but also that they get a strong sense of how fragmented and fragile they are.
“I want the audience to come away with a sense of pride and hope for the future too. I think that people will be surprised by the wildlife on their own doorsteps and amazed by the behaviour.
“It is quite shocking to think that we have pods of killer whales, top predators, hunting seals in our seas and a large blue butterfly that tricks ants into caring for its caterpillars, by using deceptive sounds and smells.
“The wildlife that we think we know well still has some extraordinary hidden stories.”
Series producer Alastair Fothergill said: “Ever since I worked on the original Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet series, I have always wanted to cover the British Isles and our natural history with a similarly ambitious and epic approach.
“I knew that nobody had ever had the opportunity before to really do justice to the spectacular scenery and rich and varied wildlife found at home. I also have a personal passion for our natural history.
“I hope the audience will be genuinely surprised by the richness of our natural history. At the same time, I hope they will recognise how fragile and precious it is.”
Don’t miss episode one of BBC’s Wild Isles on BBC One Sunday 12th March at 7pm. Or catch up on BBC iPlayer here.
Episode One: Our Precious Isles will air on BBC One and iPlayer on March 12 at 7pm.
Feature Image Credit: BBC/Silverback Films/Chris Howard