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Wildlife film producer Paul Wetton's 2014 offering, filmed in widescreen, shows the wildlife encountered during his travels around the British countryside in 2014 including two week long visits to Scotland, the first to Dumfries and Galloway in April and the second trip to the Fort William area during May.
The story begins at Loch Flemington near Inverness in January watching an American Coot in freezing conditions. Local visits were made to Broomhead Reservoir in January to check on the remaining Two-barred Crossbills and Broomhead Moor in February where the Red Grouse were beginning to stir. Shire Valley in Gloucestershire held a first winter Juvenile Red-flanked Bluetail that was delighting the crowds and Pembrokeshires Giltar Point was home for a Great-spotted Cuckoo for a short period in March. Paul visited Woodwalton Fen to look for Chinese Water Deer on two separate occasions. In April during a week long trip to Dumfries and Galloway Barnacle Geese and other wintering wildfowl were a delight to see plus a trip to Langholm Moors revealed breeding Hen Harriers and hunting Short-eared Owls. Whilst staying at Glenloy Lodge just outside of Fort William in May, Paul picked up several highland specialities including Red Squirrel, Black-throated and Great Northern Diver, Chequered Skipper, Black Grouse and Pine Marten. Part 1 ends with a trip to Norfolk to find a Black-headed Bunting at West Runton and a visit to Strumpshaw Fen.
We begin Part 2 in Dorset at Higher Hyde Heath during the month of June searching out reptiles including the colourful Sand Lizard. Other places of interest visited in June included Egginton Common and Bleaklow, both close to Pauls home where he found many insects and his first ever Bilberry Bumblebees. Another trip to Norfolk was required to watch the lonely nest building male Spectacled Warbler at Burnham Overy Staithe. July and August were quiet months with short trips out to Cotgrave Forest, Cromford Canal and Cheedale. With the autumn migration in September a rare juvenile Masked Shrike appeared at Kilnsea on the east coast of Yorkshire and in October the deer of Bradgate Park were filmed on a misty morning. November was a month of autumnal colours at Chatsworth Park and further rarities including a Citrine Wagtail and Rough-legged Buzzard were found on the Yorkshire coast close to Scarborough. The year ended with a trip out in the snow to Ladybower Reservoir in the high Peak where flocks of Brambling were feeding amongst the trees on the snowy ground.
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