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Not at all what I was expecting
on 7 December 2013
From the title of this DVD, I was really expecting a documentary series which explores the remaining wild landscapes of the UK (of which there are very few) rather than a pure wildlife series focussing on just our native species. Its not that i'm un-interested in our wildlife, its just that I was hoping to see some of our remarkable countryside foccused on in more detail, rather than just the animals that inhabit it.
The 6 episodes on offer here are all very short, lasting little more than 20 minutes each. This doesn't allow the viewer to become truely engrossed in the information and visuals that are being put accross, because just as things start to get interesting. . . it's over!
The frustrating format with which the film-makers have chosen to create this series is its main downfall, and I really don't think enough time was spent on each species. The Scottish Wildcat for example (the most endangered animal in the UK) had little more than 5 minutes devoted to it.
After reading all this negativity and dissaproval, you may wonder why I chose to award the series three stars? Well, some of the episodes are not without their highlights. The episode focussing on Scottish wildlife (despite its pathetically short segment on the wildcat) contains some beautiful shots of the landscape in which its creatures thrive. Some of the shots of the Cairngorms and Glenmore forest were particularly stunning, and the clips of the stags during rutting season were a thrill to watch.
The episode on our native otters was definitely my favorite, and also the most informative. Its quite remarkable to see how some people have devoted so much of their lives to the study and conservation of one species, to ensure it has a better chance of survival in the future.
An interesting, if not slightly brief, insight into the current status of some of our less common species. Definitely worth a look for nature buffs.