Beloved nature documentarian David Attenborough covers Ireland and Britain in his upcoming series titled 'Wild Isles'.

The 96-year-old will present "extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles" across the UK and Ireland.

The five-part natural history series aims to emulate what the 'Planet' series did for the wildlife of the world - inspiring people to "safeguard and restore nature for future generations."

Filmed over three years, the BBC One series, which was shot using 4K technology, will explain the challenges nature faces and what can be done to make our wild isles wilder in the future.

Attenborough said: “In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet.

"I can assure you that in Britain and Ireland, as well as astonishing scenery there are extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles to match anything I have seen on my global travels."

The series will have an introductory episode explaining why Britain and Ireland are globally important for nature. The remaining four hour-long episodes will celebrate the islands’ four key habitats – woodlands, grasslands, freshwater and marine.

They will show gulls stealing fish from puffins and wild horses battling for the attention of females. It will also show blue fin tuna gathering, black grouse and hen harriers courting. Red deer stags will also feature rutting in one of Ireland’s wildest corners.

The series will capture the Irish and British countryside using aerial photography. Motion controlled time-lapse photography will highlight the passing seasons.

Low-light cameras will reveal the nocturnal lives of animal favourites. Macro photography will uncover the miniature worlds of rock pools, ponds and grasslands.  

Alastair Fothergill, executive producer, said: "I have always wanted to make a landmark series that really does justice to our own extraordinary wildlife. I am sure people will be amazed at what is happening right on their own doorstep."

'Wild Isles' is set to air on BBC One.