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Sunday 29 March 2009
11.00am - 12.00pm
Would a huge barrage across the Severn Estuary ruin priceless archaeological sites? John Craven investigates.
Juliet Morris heads to Worcestershire to find out if there is a future for traditional town markets, and Adam Henson discovers whether the thousands of abandoned barns in the Yorkshire Dales could be given a new lease of life.
This week John Craven visits the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire. The River Severn has a tidal range of nearly 50 feet, the second highest in the world. It has the potential to provide up to five per cent of the UK’s electricity using the force of the rising waters to drive massive turbines, housed either in a barrage or a series of lagoons. However the area is one of the richest, but still largely unstudied, archaeological resources in the UK. So would a barrage across the Severn damage the heritage of this area?
Towns across the UK have been under pressure recently, with the credit crunch forcing shops and businesses to close. But even before the downturn, town centre markets had been struggling, with the number of stalls decreasing on almost a weekly basis. Juliet Morris investigates.
Thousands of monkeys are kept in captivity in the UK, often in unsuitable conditions or by owners without the right expertise. Macer Parton has set up the Monkey Sanctuary, at Looe in Cornwall in an effort to give these abandoned primates a new home.
YORKSHIRE DALES BARNS
Farm buildings are the biggest category of listed buildings in the UK and the vast majority are barns. Adam Henson visits the Yorkshire Dales where there are around 4500 redundant stone-built field barns. He discovers the essential character of a Dales barn and what the future may hold for these icons of the British countryside.
There’s been a huge decline in the number of ponds in the UK in recent years and when ponds disappear, so does a wealth of plant and animal life. That’s why wildlife groups and landowners have just signed up to a scheme to create thousands of new ponds around the country. Miriam O’Reilly investigates.
COUNTRYFILE IS MOVING TO TEATIME
This episode of Countryfile is the last of our shows on Sunday morning. From next week - Sunday 5 April we’ll be moving to Sunday evening, starting at 6.35pm on BBC One. John Craven will be joined by some new faces including Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury who all have one thing in common – they share a love of the countryside.
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