Shadows On The Landscape

Dylan Winter traces the stories of animals once feared, exploited and driven to extinction in Britain.

He travels the country looking at the legacy these great creatures left behind and meets those who now work towards and manage their return.

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01The White-tailed Sea Eagle2004101720060422

Dylan Winter traces the stories of animals once feared, exploited and driven to extinction in Britain.

He travels the country looking at the legacy these great creatures left behind and meets those who now work towards and manage their return.Having been reintroduced almost 20 years ago, the magnificent White-tailed Sea Eagle soars high above the forest and lochs of the west coast of Scotland once again.

With 26 chicks successfully fledging last year, the bird's return to our landscape seems assured.

02The Beaver2004102420060429

The European beaver was driven to extinction in Britain in the 16th century.

Dylan Winter travels to Scotland and Devon to meet those keen to see the beaver back, but is it too late for the largest native rodent in Europe to make its return to our rivers?

03The Wildwood And The Wolf2004103120060506

Britain was once covered in vast tracts of forest that stretched up the country for miles. Today, pockets of ancient Caledonian forest still exist in Scotland but there is little else. Dylan Winter visits the Borders of Scotland to learn about the work underway to restore a deforested valley back to a true wildwood. Wolves would once have run amongst its dark shadows but having been extinct in Britain since the mid 1700s, it is unlikely the howl of the wild wolf will ever be heard again in this country.

Dylan Winter traces the stories of animals once feared, exploited and driven to extinction in Britain.

04The Wild Boar2004110720060513

Dylan Winter travels to the woods of East Sussex to discover how a growing population of free-living wild boar, founded from escapees from wild boar farms in the late 1980s, are recolonising their old haunts in the British countryside.

05 LASTThe Great Bustard2004111420060520

As this programme goes to air, the great bustard will once again be walking across the chalk grasslands of Salisbury Plain after an absence of 130 years. Dylan Winter meets David Waters of the Great Bustard Group to find out about the reintroduction of the heaviest flying bird which can outrun a greyhound and is so tall it gazes down upon a roe deer.