Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks (series 3)
Iolo Williams returns with a further four country parks in Wales. Margam Country Park lies alongside the M4 corridor close to the industrial sprawl of Port Talbot and is a remarkably diverse and varied landscape of some 850 acres including broad leaved, coniferous and mixed woodlands, scrub, grassland, bog, lakes and streams. Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare is a park where wildlife and nature have taken back the land since the industry of coal mining has ceased. The flowery grassland, heath, bracken slopes, crags and scree, upland bog, moorland, woodland, coal spoil, stream and lakes all provide habitat for wildlife. Cuckoos, peregrines, ring ouzel and kingfishers make this place their home. A trio of butterflies; the small pearl bordered fritillary, purple hairstreak and grayling are found on the lichen heath on the undisturbed coal spoil. Padarn Country Park has some of the most spectacular scenery in North Wales and lies in the heart of Snowdonia. Once the site of one of the biggest slate quarries in the world, it has today been reclaimed by reptiles and summer migrant birds. Great Orme Country Park alongside the seaside town of Llandudno. It is home to famous goats, hundreds of seabirds, butterflies and passage birds. Shooting began April 2016, to be delivered December 2016. For transmission 2017.