Born to be Wild…..
A brand new ten-part series by Maramedia for BBC Scotland
Life at the Scottish SPCA – the biggest and most advanced wildlife rehab centre in Britain where thousands of wild animals from otters and seals to robins, to Pine martens and eagles make the journey from centre admission back to the wild and stunning landscapes of Scotland.
Maramedia has secured an exciting new ten-part series from BBC Scotland.
The Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Alloa, Fife is the biggest and most advanced wildlife rehab centre in the UK. Last year more than 9,600 wild animals passed through its doors and the number continues to rise with each year. But what happens when the patients are discharged?
In this landmark series, cameras will go behind the scenes for the first time as injured and sick animals make their heart warming journey to recovery and eventually back to the wild landscape in which they were born.
Scotland’s landscapes are some of the most stunning and diverse in Britain – home to our most iconic and most loved animals. This exciting new series will feature a host of loveable characters from otters to orphaned baby fox cubs, badgers to eagles, white baby seals to hundreds of hungry hedgehogs. It’s a race against time to asses, treat and cure each unique case before ensuring they are fit to face the rigours of the wild.
Beautifully filmed in stunning Scottish surroundings, it’s a heart warming watch as Britain’s best loved animals make a tear jerking journey back to their wild home..
A staggering five thousand animals were returned to the wild successfully last year, after bespoke and careful treatment and a re-wilding programme.
Many are still babies and without a wild family it’s the centre staff who must use their warmth, expertise and dedication to bring up these young wild orphans before ensuring that they forget all about their human surrogate parents and return to their true wild behavior.
Produced by Maramedia, Scotland’s leading producers of natural history documentaries, the series showcases the stunning scenery and wildlife of Scotland and uses top-end natural history filming techniques. The series is a BBC Scotland commission with ITVG as international distributor.
The series is currently in production and will be delivered to the BBC towards the end of 2018.
To follow behind the scenes stories of the production, follow Maramedia and Scottish SPCA social channels ..
“It’s shaping up to be a thrilling series – the access to animals you’d only ever see from the end of a telescope, is incredible and the resilience and brilliance of the skilled Scottish SPCA staff really shines through as doe their passion for giving ever single animal they receive absolutely the best care possible.” - Tom Cara, Series Producer Maramedia.
“We are thrilled with this new commission from BBC Scotland and to be working with the dedicated wildlife team at the Scottish SPCA. Seeing these wild animals at close quarters is a real privilege offering viewers a chance to learn much more about Scotland’s amazing wildlife.” - Nigel Pope, Creative Director Maramedia.
‘This is an exciting new project which will offer the viewer a real insight into the work done to release animals back into the wild in the Scottish countryside and also provide many emotional and moving moments. I am sure it will resonate with audiences in Scotland.’- David Harron Commissioning Executive, Factual, BBC Scotland
Scottish SPCA Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell said, “We are delighted to be part of this exciting new programme with Maramedia which will showcase the incredible work done by the team at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre at Fishcross.“Our wildlife centre is rarely seen so this is a great opportunity for the public to view first-hand the wild animals we rescue, rehabilitate and release, while fully respecting the needs of all the animals in our care.” - Kirsteen Campbell, CEO Scottish SPCA