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Season 1, Episode 1
Iolo starts his journey during spring in Nant Ffrancon in the Ogwen Valley where he finds one of Britain’s most-threatened birds – the twite. Mountain guide Hannah Hughes takes him high up above the stunning glacial landscape of Cwm Idwal for a spectacular view of the high peaks. On the slopes of Snowdon, bluebells bloom, while shepherd Hefin Hughes keeps sheep off arctic plants. On the foothills of the Rhinog Mountains, cuckoos call. Iolo heads to a wonderful hidden river gorge in full flow and listens to the best dawn chorus in Snowdonia in an ancient woodland. He joins Josie Bridges, who is part of a team tracking pine martens that were released in mid-Wales during 2015 after apparently disappearing from the whole of Wales over 50 years ago. A family of pine martens has made its way to Snowdonia, a journey of around 50 miles from the release site. Iolo also discovers a relic of a past landscape. Bird Rock, an imposing crag in the Dysynni Valley, may have once overlooked the sea, and to this day cormorants still nest on the rock – it being Wales’s only inland nesting colony.
Season 1, Episode 2
It’s summer and peak season on the summit of Snowdon. It’s time for Iolo to get away from the crowds to look for peaceful stunning scenery and spectacular wildlife. In secret hidden sites, he finds buzzards nesting, beautiful dragonflies and night-flying moths being hunted by migrant nightjars from Africa. There’s a colony of rare silver-studded blue butterflies who were once living by the sea, but today have been isolated inland as the coastline changed. Iolo also climbs Cadair Idris, the highest peak in the south part of the park and explores extraordinary sand dunes full of colourful orchids along Snowdonia’s 30 miles of stunning coast. But summer isn’t complete for Iolo without a day on the moors watching the most threatened bird of prey in Britain – the hen harrier.