Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks (Two Series)
Welsh naturalist Iolo Williams explores beautiful parks in Wales for wildlife. In the first series, Iolo travels to Bute Park in the heart of the capital city of Cardiff, he goes to the south west Wales to Dinefwr Country Park and Stackpole Estate both owned by the National Trust and Plas-Tan-y-Bwlch in Snowdonia. Iolo uses his wildlife tracking skills along with local people’s inside knowledge to find grass snakes, otters, wild goats, foxes, lesser spotted woodpeckers, tawny owls, wild honey bees and many more creatures living in the parks.
In this second series of Iolo explores Singleton Park in Swansea. He discovers the wilder side of this urban park when he tries to track down foxes and an elusive parakeet, carries out an experiment on a pair of nest building long tailed tits, investigates what the local peregrine has been eating and finds out about the many different types of insects living in the colourful botanical gardens.
Wepre Park is nestled amongst the urban sprawl alongside the Dee estuary in North East Wales. It’s an important park for the people to enjoy the outdoors, with areas of ancient forest, brooks, ponds and open spaces.
In the third episode Iolo finds the wildlife in a once abandoned old industrial site turned urban park that sits along the coastline of Anglesey. Holyhead Breakwater Country Park is now a pleasant escape for people and a place where he discovers sparrow hawk, little owls and the charismatic chough are residing.
Iolo’s final park of the series finds him in the old industrial town of Pontypool in south east Wales. It’s today home to thousands of nesting bees and the very rare native crayfish.