14/06/2009

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Duration: 55 minutes

Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury head for the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall where they find out what it takes to become an RNLI lifeguard. They walk a section of the South West Coast Path and meet up with the biologists returning to the area 30 years after they embarked on an in-depth wildlife study to see how things have changed.

John Craven investigates whether killing badgers is the only way to prevent the spread of TB in cattle and, down on the farm, Adam builds up his herd of Gloucester Old Spot pigs so he can supply his local butcher.

Plus, the man on a mission to protect harbour seals and Katie Knapman's on a walk with a difference - it's for bird-watchers.

Last on

Fri 26 Jun 2009 01:00 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • The National Trust

    Thirty years ago the Lizard Peninsula was chosen as the site of the first National Trust Biological Survey. Julia is joined by a member of the original survey team to find out more about the unique species of plants and animals living in the area.

    The National Trust's Biological Survey Team
  • Royal Navy's 771 Squadron

    The helicopter search and rescue team of the Royal Navy's 771 Squadron assist with rescue call-outs along the Lizard Peninsula. Matt and Julia join them on a training mission to find out just what it takes to rescue someone from the perilous coastline. After going out with the team, they meet a survivor who owes his life to the squadron.

    Introduction to the 771 Squadron
  • RNLI Lifeguards

    Famed for its lifeboats and sea rescues, the RNLI is also responsible for training beach lifeguards, who last year helped nearly 10,000 people and saved more than 50 lives. The guards perform an essential service, protecting beach goers from the perils of the sea. Julia met the team at Poldhu Cove to see them being put through their paces before the busy summer months.

  • South West Coast Path

    The Peninsula is home to the longest National Trail in the country, running from Poole to Minehead. At 630 miles it’s no easy feat and is rarely completed in one go. A few weeks ago, a half way marker was erected in Porthallow as a physical and psychological spur to walkers taking on the trail. Matt journeys along a small section of the trail, by foot and by boat, to learn more about its history.

    Guide to the South West Coast Path
  • Camel Trekking

    There are many ways to take in the beauty of the Lizard, but Matt’s trying out a two-humped option. He visits a farm where camels give visitors a unique trip around the surrounding countryside. Matt lends a hand in the stable with the calves and finds out what’s involved in rearing camels, while their owner prepares his workers for the new season.

  • Bovine Tuberculosis

    The £1 million a year cost of Bovine TB looks likely to increase as the latest figures show a 34 per cent rise in the number of animals slaughtered because of the disease. Many farmers blame badgers for spreading the infection and are calling for a widespread cull. These calls have been rejected by the government in England who instead are planning is to try to vaccinate the badgers in an effort to halt the spread of the disease. John Craven investigates.

    Defra: TB in Cattle
  • Adam's Farm

    Every Sunday, Countryfile finds out what life on the land is really like with Adam Henson on his family farm. This week, Adam’s after some more Gloucester Old Spot pigs as they’re proving such a hit with his local butcher. Only happy with the best, he’s off to search for a top boar and a couple of sows.

  • Seal Watch

    Forty per cent of Europe's harbour seal population live in the waters surrounding the UK, but worryingly some populations have halved over the last few years. Jolyon Chesworth’s on a mission to monitor the seals of the Solent to ensure their numbers don’t dwindle any further.

  • Bird Trail

    Katie Knapman re-discovers her childhood interest in ornithology as she visits the RSPB headquarters at Sandy in Bedfordshire. Since 1961 the charity has worked hard to maintain and improve the site, creating an irresistible habitat for birds. Binoculars at the ready, Katie checks out the new nature trail and finds out what we can do at home to help the declining swift population.

    RSPB

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Julia Bradbury
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Matt Baker
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John Craven
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Adam Henson

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