Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks (Series 2)
In this second series of Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks, presenter and naturalist Iolo Williams explores urban parks in Wales for wildlife with the help of local people.
Iolo explores Singleton Park in Swansea in the first of the four part series. 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 order to find the park’s wilder side Iolo tracks down badgers, heads out with wardens as they survey for rare great crested newts, comes within centimetres of a wood mouse and finds a giant wood wasp amongst a log pile.
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. He has a magical encounter with a weasel and gets up close to grasshoppers. His final visit of the year sees him embracing the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo and catching up with grey seals.
Iolo’s final park of the series finds him in the old industrial town of Pontypool in south east Wales. The park here was given to the community for leisure by the industrial Hanbury family. It also happens to be home to thousands of nesting bees and the very rare native crayfish. Iolo discovers that deer have been known to use the park, that otters are living in the river and learns how to identify the sex of maybugs.