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The new five-part David Attenborough series titled Wild Isles is currently airing on BBC One. The series shows the beauty of nature in the British Isles and even features orcas hunting.

News Fantastic Locations in the new BBC One David Attenborough series: Wild Isles

24 April 2023 Holly Eckersley

The new David Attenborough five-part series recently aired on Sunday evenings on BBC One. The programmes show the global importance of the isles of Britain and Ireland to nature. David Attenborough had not filmed on location since the series Green Planet was screened four years ago, making Wild Isles extra special. This series was co-produced by The Open University, the RSPB and WWF and offers an unparalleled look at the natural world of Britain and Ireland in spectacular detail. The dramatic narrativisation of the hunting and breeding habits of such as creatures as orcas, foxes, golden eagles and dormice within the context of the landscape of meadows, woodland, the sea and rivers; encourages viewers to be exceptionally proud of our shared home and simultaneously calls us to action, to preserve these wild spaces.

The 96 year old envionmentalist, David Attenborough is a global icon championing planetary biodiversity and the safeguarding of areas for natural preservation, amongst other causes. The English writer and broadcaster has made over 100 documentaries since his first multi-series aired on the BBC in 1954. He has continued to inspire millions of people all over the world highlighting the beauty and fragility of nature.

An image of an orca as it emerges at the water's surface. New BBC One David Attenborough series Wild Isles.

Recording the BBC One series: Wild Isles

Filmed on 200 shoots over three years in 145 locations, the series uses cutting edge technology to record an array of beautiful creatures in their natural habit, showing UK and Irish viewers their home; but as they have never seen it before. Drones, thermal cameras, stabilised cameras and underwater recording devices were all used to help document the 96 animals and insects shown on the series, as testament to the extraordinary lengths the crew went to to record the behaviour of these creatures in their surroundings.

An image of a puffin standing on a cliff. This mid-shot of the lone puffin shows how it is in a remote location.

New BBC One series: Wild Isles’ Impact

The series celebrates the rich variety of wildlife we have in Britain and Ireland and draws to attention how the British Isles is locationally critical for the survival of a number of species such as migrating birds. It also considers the changing behaviours of the animals featured and the diverse geological richness of our lands and how this in turn attracts many species of wildlife. The educational impact off this programme is far-reaching and the show hopes to inspire viewers to help protect and restore nature in the UK and Ireland.

An image of a sun setting over the English countryside. The rich array of colours marbled across the evening sky is beautiful. A stream cuts down the centre of the frame making a calm and tranquil scene. David Attenborough series: Wild Isles.

Time-Lapse Systems: Our Work with Conservation Projects

At Time-Lapse Systems we are proud that a number of our camera systems are deployed to similarly document and be used as tools to draw attention to the natural world and as an aid in conservation. Our work with the RSPB, Seabird Watch, Department of Zoology at Oxford University and the Norwegian Polar Institute shows how our systems can perfectly capture important conservation activity in often  remote locations. We have captured in a range of locations on the coast of England and Scotland documenting bird colonies in their natural habitat. Further afield our systems have been deployed in Svalbad in the Arctic Circle and are even destined for the Antarctic! Our minimally intrusive systems have been vital for the conservation work associated with these locations and gives our clients the ability to easily and clearly track and record seabird activity.

Our above Ultra HD systems have been developed in house, meaning that we can custom-design each system for the specific requirements of each project. We have spent 15 years evolving our systems so that they can perform optimally in even the most challenging of environments. Capturing in the very best DSLR quality our systems can work from a range of off-grid power solutions, meaning that we can capture any project for any duration in any location. Additionally, our systems can be monitored and managed remotely by 4G, giving clients the ability to see their project in real time in exceptional quality. Our conservation work is a direct off-shoot of our ability to continually innovate the uses of our technology.


Penguin colonies in the Antarctic. This long-short shows penguin in the forefront of the shot and off into there distance. David Attenborough series Wild Isles.

We are exceptionally proud to have worked on a range of conservation projects. We are committed to continually developing and improving our systems so that we can capture in the very best quality for our clients. We have thoroughly enjoyed watching the BBC’s latest documentary series Wild Isles and we support the discussions it promotes.

An image from the iRis viewer capturing the breeding grounds of endangered birds on the East coast of Scotland. Time-Lapse Systems has worked on a range of conservation projects throughout the UK.

Above: A view from one of our own camera systems, capturing in a location on the east coast of Scotland, monitoring seabird populations.

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