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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall celebrates the wildlife of the West Country and the people who care for it. Hugh is on the Dorset/Devon border, investigating the return of the beaver.

Nature lover Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall continues to explore the wildlife of the West Country and meet the people helping to safeguard the region's wild creatures. This time, Hugh is on his home patch of the Dorset/Devon border, where he investigates the return of an animal that hasn't been spotted here since the 16th century - the beaver - and discovers how these dam-building rodents are changing the landscape.

Nearby, Abbotsbury Swannery has been home to a huge colony of mute swans since the middle ages and it is the job of resident swan herder Dave Wheeler to round up all the adults for a health check with the help of dozens of volunteers. And thanks to bat enthusiast Colin Morris, Dorset's greater horseshoe bats are now enjoying very plush living quarters - a former mansion that has been renovated just for them, affectionately known as the Horseshoe Hilton.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 4 Apr 2020 15:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:16

    The National

    Anyone's Ghost

  • 00:39

    Beastie Boys



Role Contributor
Presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Executive Producer Matt Cole
Series Producer Joanne Stevens
Director Matt Clements
Director Anne Gallagher
Production Company KEO West


  • Sat 27 Jan 2018 18:15
  • Sat 27 Jan 2018 18:45
  • Mon 5 Mar 2018 08:00
  • Sat 4 Apr 2020 15:00

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