Wild China with Ray Mears

This brand new series for ITV features natural world expert Ray Mears on a journey of discovery among the landscapes and wildlife of China.

Starting in the capital Beijing, and taking in wonders of the world like the Great Wall of China, Ray walks with elephants in the country’s tropical rainforest, joins rangers rewilding the nation’s giant pandas, searches for the elusive snow leopard, explores one of its most famous landscapes in Karst country, comes face to face with a brown bear, and treks in the foothills of the Himalayas alongside herbal medicine experts, uncovering secrets of its plants.

Across the seven episodes, filmed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the bushcraft specialist travels across the vast country, aiming to provide a vivid insight into the diverse flora and fauna populating some of the wildest places on earth.

This is a Tin Can Island production for ITV1

Episode 1 of 7

Date: Tuesday 13th July 2021

Time: 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Channel: ITV

Episode 1: Beijing and The Great Wall

Ray’s adventure starts by discovering the surprising wild side to the country’s capital city, Beijing. He discovers the tree-lined streets of the city where over the past 40 years a massive planting scheme has transformed Beijing into one of the world’s greenest cities.

Beijing is on the flight path for millions of migrating birds. At the Beijing Raptor Rescue Centre Ray meets Dr Zhou Lee, a veterinarian who is part of a team of vets from the International Fund for Animal Welfare who treats injured birds and returns them to the wild. Dr Lee reveals that they have tracked some of their avian patients as far as Mongolia – over 2000 miles away! He watches as Dr Lee checks over an injured long-eared owl. At dusk they return it to the wild in a city park.

Ray visits Nanhaizi nature reserve – a city park that for thousands of years was the imperial hunting ground of China’s emperors. Today it is home to the odd looking Pere David deer, reputed to have the feet of a cow, the head of a horse, and the neck of a camel and the tail of a donkey! North West of the city at Gubeikou, Ray strikes out to explore the wild side of the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is not a single wall, but a series of lengths of wall spanning 6000 kilometres of wild countryside. 

Historian Dr William Lindesay reveals what life was like for the people who built and patrolled it. Ray discovers that today far from being a defence, the wall has become a haven for wildlife. He meets conservationist Huang Qiaowen from the Bring the Leopards Home project, and discovers how China’s biggest cats are being encouraged to return to the region.

Episode 1 can now be watched on the ITV Hub for a limited time:


Episode 2 of 7

Date: Tuesday 20th July 2021

Time: 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Channel: ITV

Episode 2: Walking with Elephants

Ray explores plants and wildlife In China’s tropical rainforest. He meets elephant conservationist Dr Bao Mingwei and goes in search of China’s Asian elephant. 

Episode 2 can now be watched on the ITV Hub for a limited time:


Episode: 3 of 7

Date: Tuesday 27th July 2021

Time: 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Channel: ITV

Episode 3: China’s Pandas

Ray discovers the Sichuan Province in southwest China – a region of mountains and bamboo forests – and home to China’s giant pandas. He joins the rangers on the giant panda re-wilding program. 

Episode 3 can now be watched on the ITV Hub for a limited time:

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About Woodlore Limited

Woodlore, The School of Wilderness Bushcraft, was founded in 1983 by the British Bushcraft expert, Ray Mears. Paving the way for Bushcraft courses in the UK, Woodlore began with Ray teaching small groups of students the knowledge and techniques that he had spent most of his early life honing. With Ray’s ambition and perserverance, Woodlore has since grown into a world-renowned and highly respected school, offering in-depth courses on a wide range of bushcraft and survival subjects.

2 thoughts on “Wild China with Ray Mears

  1. Michael

    Really enjoyed Episode 2 (very moving and well produced). This could be your best series yet Ray. Looking forward to tomorrow’s episode! Thank you for your insights over the years- very informative and entertaining!



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