Wild Isles will show the wildlife and wild places of the United Kingdom as never before. Using the latest technology the series will reveal dramatic new behaviour of UK wildlife - from battling butterflies to hunting sea eagles and killer whales.

The beauty and diversity of the UK's landscapes will be showcased while celebrating their global importance for wildlife.

The series will also highlight the increasingly fragmented and fragile state of our natural world, the challenges wildlife face today, and what action is needed to make our wild isles even wilder in the future.

The five-part series has been co-produced by the RSPB, with WWF and The Open University, working with the BBC and Silverback Films who created the “Planet” natural history series.

Sir David said: “In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet. I can assure you that in the British Isles, as well as astonishing scenery there are extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles to match anything I have seen on my global travels.”


Episode 1, Our Precious Isles (Chalk stream underwater)

Episode 2, Forests (forest Aerials)

Episode 4, (Toads and Leeches sequence and Chalk stream underwater)

 Leeches and Toadlets Behind The Scenes

Having filmed the horse leeches predating on emerging baby toadlets before, Silverback Films asked me to shoot it again. On a gloriously hot summer we spent a few days shooting this spectacle on the wilds of Dartmoor. Using a Red Helium, many macro lenses and a specially developed slider we were able to follow the action.