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    New(ish) TV Series: Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears

    FYI Ray Mears produced a new 7 part series in 2017

    http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=...Mears_Series_1

    Not to be confused with the series "Wild Australia with Ray Mears" or one of his other specials.

    I haven't watched it as yet, sadly nothing for the SE, but still looks good !

    Ningaloo Coast
    In episode one, Ray heads west to dive on Ningaloo reef. This is the longest fringing coral reef in the world, and is visible from outer space. And the reef isn’t the only giant in these waters. Ray has a friendly encounter with a massive whale shark, the world’s biggest fish. Not as big though as a megalodon - an ancient shark the size of two double-decker buses, whose fossilized teeth Ray finds in the cliffs near the reef.

    Kakadu Wetlands
    Ray travels by boat and truck through the wetland wilderness of Kakadu, in Australia’s Northern Territory, to meet an aboriginal clan who farm this land by fire. Kakadu is a 20,000 square kilometre Word Heritage Site, and it’s one of Ray’s favourite places. He travels in a flat-bottomed boat up the Yellow Water billabong and sees a masked plover chase off a white bellied fish eagle.

    Nitmiluk Gorge
    Ray starts his journey in a helicopter over the vast area of Nitmiluk national park in Northern Australia. Beneath him he sees a stony wilderness, twice the size of London, created before dinosaurs roamed the earth. He then travels on foot, following waterholes through this totally uninhabited land. This trail leads him to a dry forest, where parrots and cockatoos abound.

    Kangaroo Island
    Ray travels the length of Kangaroo Island, off Australia’s South Coast, described as the “wild jewel” in the continent’s crown. When the early explorers came to the island they found a land teeming with kangaroos and other species with no predators to harm them. Ray sets out to discover just how much of this original paradise is left. First he comes across a sooty kangaroo, which is unique to Kangaroo Island, and then meets Paul Stanton, who has been farming on the island for 30 years. Ray learns how Paul lives in harmony with his kangaroo neighbours.

    Dampier Peninsula
    Ray is up at sunrise on the rugged Dampier peninsula in North West Australia. He’s here to see a unique phenomenon - the incredible high tides that vary as much as 12 metres between high and low. He wants to find out just how much these wild tides shape the lives of the animals and people here. Ray explores the rough and heavily indented coastline of Dampier - if it was straightened out, it would stretch half way round the world!

    Flinders Ranges
    It’s morning in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, the continent’s largest range of mountains. Ray is travelling through the arid grassland of the foothills to reach the top of one of the ridges. Along the way, he’ll meet some of Australia’s most iconic animals. Much of the range is grazed, and Ray meets farmer Tony Smith and his head shepherd Norton Warnest. Tony is the fourth generation of farmers here, and Ray learns about their way of life, and the challenges of sheep farming here.

    Walpole Forest
    Ray follows the Frankland River into the heart of Walpole Forest - two hundred square kilometres of wooded wilderness in Western Australia. The forest is 65 million years old, and has always provided food and shelter for aboriginal people. Ray is seeking out giant trees, and the creatures that live among them.

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    It looks good, I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for the info.


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    I watched the first 2 episodes yesterday, they are pretty good. Only about 20 min each, and more travel show than bushcraft, but beautifully shot and thoroughly inspiring!


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