The second episode of Wild France was broadcast at 8:00PM on Monday 18th July on ITV1. If you missed it, you can now watch it online via the ITV Player for a limited period of time by clicking on the image above.
Ray travels to the Ardeche, where miles of gorge and limestone cliffs characterise the region. He discovers a cave with a long history in the area and is given special permission to abseil in through the original sky facing entrance. Deep in the cave he finds a stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites, before crawling through narrow tunnels to see new chambers, sealed off from the public. Once back on land he starts out his journey down the Ardeche river by canoe.
Along the way, he meets local wildlife ranger Olivier, who shows him a Viperine, frogs and teaches Ray some the traditional uses of local plants. They climb high up the cliff face to find a cave used since prehistoric times and Ray finishes his journey watching beavers busy on the river.
Ray got it rather wrong about the viperine snake in this episode, as it is not related to vipers at all and is actually in the same family as the grass snake – Natrix. It got its name viperine snake because it looks like an adder and behaves like one.
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