BARROW took centre stage on a wildlife-watching road trip which aired on the BBC.

The third episode of TV naturalist Chris Packham and stepdaughter Megan McCubbin’s journey across the UK saw the pair spend time exploring the Lake District as part of their BBC show ‘Chris and Meg’s Wild Summer’.

The duo travel from Derwentwater to Foulshaw Moss before ending the adventure walking to Piel Island in Walney, where they caught sight of grey seals, eider ducks and terns.

The show, which aired at 8.30pm on Sunday night, also featured local historian and tour guide, John Murphy, who has been guiding people across the sands for 40 years.

Mr Murphy, who had previously met Chris 15 years ago, educated the pair on the history of Piel Island and its traditions including anointing a king or queen.

Megan described the Walney landscape as ‘stunning’, remarking how she had ‘never knew this place existed until today’. The pair then embarked on a spot of seal-watching where they observed a colony of grey seals basking in the sunshine.

Chris, best known for his work on Springwatch, approached Mr Murphy earlier this year - eager to visit the island for his upcoming show.

“I first filmed with Chris 15 years ago on Walney for a BBC wildlife programme and I got on extremely well with him,” said Mr Murphy.

“And when they were planning this new series in the Lake District and Walney he contacted me and asked if I would take him over to Piel.

“Chris has had a long interest in Walney Island and Piel Island, he’s quite obsessed with the natural beauty we have here. This has been a great, unique opportunity to promote our beautiful area on national television, which has the potential to be shown all over the world. Chris absolutely adored the walk and the island and the images we managed to see.”

‘Chris and Meg’s Wild Summer’ is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.