‘Wild Isles’ Stunning Images & Vital Message For Us

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The latest series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, ‘Wild Isles, has him exploring the wildlife and environments across the British Isles and Ireland.

The first episode was aired on BBC 1 on Sunday 12th of March whilst controversy was still raging across the media of the Beeb’s decision to broadcast 5 of the programmes with a 6th film, being released on iPlayer only.

Hilary Jeffkins was Series Producer with co production by the RSPB. She said:

“Amazingly, we have 50% of the world’s common bluebells, 85% of its chalk streams, not to mention world class seabird colonies. Over the past three years, in rain and shine, we’ve filmed wildlife in stunning detail. In Shetland orca stalking seals, on Islay white-tailed eagles (pictured) hunting barnacle geese in an epic chase, and we even tried to keep up with the blue flash of a kingfisher as it raced along a stream.”

And that was just in programme 1. All through the series Sir David Attenborough also reflects on what is happening to our environment: how it is affected by decisions made locally and internationally.

close up of the head of a puffin, its multi coloured beak is filled with straw and grass for nesting material. It is looking directly at the camera
Image credit Noel Donaldson

What is shown in this series is the magnificence of the wildlife around us but also how through government actions/inactions and those of organisations, industry and individuals we are destroying that which we have come to love.

Attenborough presents us with statistics about the threat to our wildlife and ancient woodlands. England’s great oak trees like the Bowthorpe oak, perhaps over a 1,000 years old.

In Scotland “The oldest yew in the UK is said to be the Fortingall yew in Perthshire. It’s estimated to be between 2,000 and 3,000 years old, although some believe it could be 5,000 years old. In 1769 the girth was recorded as 17 metres. Although smaller now, it’s still thriving with new shoots growing.” – Ancient tree inventory

Once gone these great trees and the variety of species they sustain will also be gone.

Fiona Grahame

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  1. “And that was just in programme 1. All through the series Sir David Attenborough also reflects on what is happening to our environment: how it is affected by decisions made locally and internationally.”

    That sentence brings Faray to mind. I have tried to bring attention to the fate of Faray – TON has tried to bring attention to the fate of Faray….

    My most recent blog entry re. Faray reads thus…

    “I sent the following email to any relevant organizations/individuals I could think of, under the heading of ’Save The Seals’….

    This is something of a desperate plea. Please read this article in ‘The Orkney News’ about the proposed wind farm on the island of Faray – including the comment.
    Can any of you please do anything about this? It’s a travesty of governance.
    If Britain was still in the EU the matter could have been taken to the relevant Court – but – Britain is no longer in the EU. By the time Scotland is independent and back in the EU, Faray will have been despoiled.
    As you can see – I am angry and, once again, feeling powerless in the face of The Powers That Be – even our own Council, who allegedly are there to work for the good of Orkney.

    Thank you
    Bernie Bell

    Contradictions – Part 7……..

    Mr Stockan
    In his wisdom
    States that Orkney tourism
    Needs Cruise Liners
    Carrying thousands
    Polluting and disrupting.

    And yet
    He also supports the Faray turbines
    Visible for miles
    From ferries traveling to the Isles
    Bringing visitors
    To see wildlife

    Including seals?


    BB – December 2022.

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