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Sunday 8 February 2009
11.00am - 12.00pm
John Craven heads to the hallowed seat of learning which inspired Darwin's love of natural science, Cambridge University.
Miriam O'Reilly takes a look at Britain's worst rat problem for the last thirty years, and investigates whether rat hairs and droppings could be getting into the food chain.
And Juliet Morris searches for an ethical Valentine date, while Adam is back on the French roads as the British heavy horse team compete on the Route du Poisson.
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE: DARWIN FESTIVAL
John Craven marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin by heading to Cambridge, the city which fostered his interest in the natural world. It’s also 150 years since the publication of Darwin’s ‘The Origin of Species’. This book was a huge scientific landmark in exploring our evolution, and was based on research and observations during his famous voyage on board HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands.
Every year the pest control industry publishes their annual rodent survey which reveals that call outs to rat infestations are up by 15%. Miriam O’Reilly investigates what effect the growing rat population could mean for UK farmers and the food industry. She also finds out what threat, if any, potential viruses carried by rats could pose to humans.
Alastair Simms from Wiltshire is Britain’s last Master Brewery Cooper. Coopering is a traditional form of wooden barrel making and it can take up to 15 years to become fully proficient in the trade. Alastair is now looking to recruit an apprentice to help keep the tradition alive after his retirement.
ETHICAL VALENTINES DAY
There is a growing trend in the UK for ethical shopping; however there is much debate about exactly what ethical means - from fair trade chocolate, to locally sourced flowers or recycled jewellery. With Valentines Day approaching Juliet Morris goes in search of gifts that will not only appeal to your loved one but are also considered ethical.
ROUTE DU POISSON
In September, Adam Henson followed the Route du Poisson or Fish Run from Boulogne to Chantilly north of Paris. It’s a 24-hour relay marathon involving several different breeds of heavy horses, some of which are threatened with extinction. The event is held every 2 years and commemorates how the fishermen in northern France drove their catch to Paris in the eighteenth century.
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOTANIC GARDENS
John Craven visits the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens which was created by Professor John Stevens Henslow in 1831.
It was Professor Henslow who suggested in 1931 that the newly graduated Charles Darwin, accompany a 5 year voyage to South America upon HMS Beagle. Darwin was to be their expert naturalist and it was Henslow who advised Darwin on techniques he could use to collect the specimens which were later returned to Cambridge and formed the basis of Darwin’s research.
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