Attenborough’s latest film heads to Jill Dando’s home town

By Jill Dando News

Some of the filming for the latest Sir David Attenborough TV series took place in Jill Dando’s town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.

Wild Isles showcases some of the marvels of Britain and Ireland, which boast some of the most diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes on Earth.


Episode 1 on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday (March 12) at 7pm features footage from North Somerset.

The unique behaviour of the lords and ladies plant was captured on camera in Tyntesfield, near Wraxall, and Hutton Wood, Weston-super-Mare.

This amazing plant heats up and releases a foul-smelling scent that is irresistable to flies, tricking them to enter its flower.

The fly lands on a slippery leaf and slides down, becoming trapped inside. The plant keeps it hostage before showering the fly with pollen then allowing it to escape.

In Episode 4, there is a sequence with toads migrating/mating that was filmed in Winscombe roads and pond.

The five-part Wild Isles series was filmed over the course of three years, investigating how our woodland, grassland, freshwater and ocean habitats support wildlife of all kinds.

Using the very latest technology, each episode will capture dramatic and new behaviour across the British Isles, from battling butterflies to mighty killer whales on the hunt.