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MONTY'S BACK; TV adventurer is filming on Scots isle: EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: MIKE MERRITT

TV ACTION man Monty Hall has secretly returned to Scotland to make a follow-up to his controversial Great Escape show. Claims by the former Royal Marine that he lived off the land while filming the reality show caused hilarity among inhabitants of the location - remote Applecross in Wester Ross.

They told the Sunday Mail that Monty, 43, spent his evenings eating and drinking in the award-winning village pub, where his girlfriend was working, and also often left his makeshift "home" in the wilderness for public speaking engagements.

But Monty is undaunted and is now going to work as a volunteer nature warden in North Uist for six months. He has already taken part in the island's Highland Games and now wants to be a hedgehog trapper.

Monty is working with Bristol-based Tigress Productions and they have approached Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB Scotland and the Uist Wader Project.

The organisations work together to relocate hedgehogs, which eat the eggs of rare birds, to the mainland.

Monty's six one-hour shows will be shown on BBC2 in the spring.

The controversy about Monty's time in Applecross gave a huge boost to the area's profile and it was one of Scotland's most popular visitor destinations this summer.

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Date:Sep 27, 2009
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