Part wildlife documentary and part travelogue, this is a beautifully filmed and wonderfully crafted series, in which the ever affable Iolo Williams travels the length and breadth of Wales, showcasing the remarkable wildlife of this rugged and picturesque land.
The filming and production is of the high quality one would expect from the BBC, and there are some quite breathtaking sequences: handsome Red Kites filling the sky and swooping for scraps at a feeding station, glossy Black Grouse hissing and scrapping at the lek, a dashing Osprey fishing under the noses of oblivious passers-by, and, best of all, a stunning male Hen Harrier performing a dramatic aerial display fight.
Too often the BBC seem to insist on wheeling out flavour-of-the-month presenters, and they could easily have ruined this series by putting someone like Julia Bradbury in front of the camera. This time, however, their choice was spot on. As personable and as passionate as Chris Packham, Iolo could scarcely be a better qualified guide on this voyage of discovery through the hills, valleys, woodlands, estuaries and islands of Wales, and while clearly - and rightly - proud of his country and its amazing wildlife, he never displays the kind of puffed-up nationalistic fervour that, as an English former resident of Wales, I have encountered all too often, and which can be quite off-putting.
My only gripe - and it is a tiny one - is that the three one-hour episodes are each on a separate disc, and it would be nice to have them all on one.
In short, this is a beautiful portrait of Wales and its remarkable wildlife, and as such it is highly recommended.