The Wild Places of Essex

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Natural World, 2009-2010 Episode 13 of 14

Multi-award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane sets out on a journey to explore the unexpected landscapes and natural history of Essex, revealing that there is far more to the county than the stereotypes of white stilettos and boy racers.

Macfarlane spends a year travelling the county's strange and elemental landscapes of heavy industry, desolate beaches and wild woods. He encounters massive knot flocks over the Thames, peregrine falcons at Tilbury Power Station, water voles within sniffing distance of the municipal dump, deer rutting in earshot of the M25, barn owls, badgers and bluebells in Billericay as well as a large colony of common seals.

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  • Photo: Sea Wall

    Photo: Sea Wall

    The sea wall at Little Holland, on the north coast of Essex.

  • Photo: Seals

    Photo: Seals

    Two of the many common seals found in Bramble Creek, Essex.

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