IF YOU are planning a walk through Newborough Forest or across the sands to Ynys Llanddwyn any time soon, you may spot some new inhabitants of the island’s pilots’ cottages.

The forest and island, managed by Natural Resources Wales, will be the backdrop for a new living history programme set to be shown on BBC Wales and BBC 2 during 2019.

Starting on September 17 and lasting for a month, a group of hardy individuals will be taking a step back in time to recreate life on the Island early last century.

The cast will be experiencing life in the small community, where the men worked as pilots guiding boats into port along the Menai Strait and the women weaved mats and ropes from marram grass.

Production company ‘Wildflame’ has been given permission from Anglesey County Council and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to furnish the cottages in a way that will make the experience as realistic as possible for the volunteers.

Sian Williams, NRW head of operations said: “We look after some of the most fantastic places in Wales which have an incredibly rich history.

“All paths will be open as usual while the filmmakers are here. However, the cast will be living in the pilots’ cottages so, for a short period, it won’t be possible to pop inside and take a look.

“We appreciate everyone’s co-operation and hope this series will showcase this beautiful part of the world.”

Series director, Alexis Girardet added: "The families will be living on the island for four weeks and we are trying to create a historical bubble for them to inhabit, so that they can get a real feel for life at the beginning of the 20th Century."

Members of the public are invited to take a snake peek at the set from 5pm this Friday (September 14).