Paul Merson on BBC show walking in the North Yorks Moors

THE North York Moors play a starring role in an upcoming programme featuring former England and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Merson.

The BBC Series Walking With… has been filmed at Spaunton Estate in the North York Moors, with football legend Paul Merson exploring the beauty of the scenery and talking candidly about his life and career as an Arsenal, Middlesbrough and England player.

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George Winn-Darley, owner of Spaunton Estate where filmsing took place, said: “The scenery and wildlife of the North York Moors is an inspiration to everyone who spends time here, with such a wide variety of birds, mammals and insects thriving.

“It is wonderful that Paul Merson chose Spaunton and I very much look forward to watching the programme.”

Paul Merson’s walk took him from Lastingham east across the moors towards Hutton-le-Hole and Gillamoor.

The camera crew were able to record some of the sights and sounds of the wildlife he passed.

Spaunton is renowned for its birdlife, with 16 of the UK’s 21 species of bird of prey spotted on the estate in the last year.

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The North York Moors are designated as a Special Protection Area due to their important populations of Golden Plover and Merlin.

Conservation work carried out at Spaunton includes bracken removal, planting rowan trees and hawthorn bushes, and burning older vegetation in small patches increasing the variety of plants and animals found.

Walking with Paul Merson will be broadcast at 8pm on May 5 on BBC Two. 


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