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12 October 2008
11.00am - 12.00pm
The latest countryside and environmental stories.
John Craven visits Wiltshire and the megaliths at Stonehenge. Recent archaeological digs made the headlines with a theory that the site may have been a healing centre for pilgrims. A World Heritage Site, Stonehenge attracts 850,000 visitors a year, which places huge pressure on the landscape and existing facilities.
Predictions of increased visitor numbers thanks to the London 2012 Olympics have prompted a public consultation on improvements to the site. You can offer your views by post or online, but be quick. The consultation ends this coming Friday, 17 October.
Wiltshire's rich heritage takes John to Salisbury Cathedral and the nearby Harnham Water Meadows. The Cathedral – celebrating its 750th anniversary this year – is a fine example of early English Gothic architecture.
Great bustards were once a common sight in the Wiltshire landscape. By the 1830s they had been hunted to UK extinction. The Great Bustard Group has been established to release birds into the Wiltshire countryside. How are the newcomers faring since their reintroduction?
Aspring sheep farmer – video diary
Breaking into farming needs hard work, time and just a little bit of luck. Dameon Layt won £5,000 when his rural business idea was judged the best in Norfolk. He's expanding his flock of sheep to turn his hobby into a full-time occupation.
Chris Bax is passionate about the food that can be found in North Yorkshire's hedgerows and woodlands. He gives Juliet Morris a lesson in the art of foraging. Having found wild berries, mushrooms and wood pigeon to eat, Juliet learns of some of the hidden dangers that lurk in the woods.
The British apple season is in full swing. Despite a UK harvest of 200,000 tonnes, consumers often choose to buy from abroad while ignoring home-grown varieties. Charlotte Smith travels to Herefordshire to discover what's available in supermarkets and which types shoppers prefer. One grower wishes more British apples would find their way into our shopping baskets. He introduces Charlotte to some varieties you may not have heard of. Plus, what happens to the 4.4 million apples thrown away every day?
The Wildwood Trust in Kent wants to restore traditional woodland habitat by bringing back some of the UK’s lost wildlife. The Trust has over 300 animals from 50 different species within their 40 acres of ancient woodland. Watervoles breed there and European beavers are part of the programme too.
The Camel Trail in North Cornwall started life as one of the earliest steam railways built for local farmers. Today it is a 27km (17 mile) cycle route. Adam gets on his bike to travel from Bodmin to the coastal town of Padstow.
Guest presenter and professional surfer Renee Godfrey is at the World Bellyboarding Championships in Chapel Porth, Cornwall. Thought to be the precursor of stand up surfing, this retro sport attracts a more mature group of surfers with several competitors in their eighties. Renee dons her wetsuit to compete in the 'junior' category, for anyone under fifty years of age.
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Drama: Casualty, Holby City, The Bill, Hustle, Skins, Shameless, Ashes To Ashes
Game/Quiz Shows: Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Have I Got News For You, Deal Or No Deal (UK), Q.I.
Education/Documentary: Planet Earth, Horizon, Panorama, Mark Thomas (Comedy) Product
Food: Hell's Kitchen, Jamie Oliver, The F Word, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef, Great British Menu, Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong
Home/Property/Garden: Property Ladder, How Clean Is Your House?, Changing Rooms, Grand Designs, Homes Under The Hammer, To Buy Or Not To Buy
Motoring: Top Gear, Fifth Gear
Music: Top Of The Pops, Jools Holland, Glastonbury
Reality: Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!, Any Dream Will Do, Grease, Pop Idol, Wife Swap, X Factor, Badger Or Bust, Apprentice UK, Dragons' Den, Britain's Got Talent
Sci-Fi: Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Torchwood, Primeval
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