19/02/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

In this special edition of Countryfile, Ellie Harrison looks back at the best of wild Britain: its wild landscapes, its wild water and its wild life. It is another chance to follow Matt Baker as he witnesses one of the rarest sights in nature in the glens of Perthshire; to travel with Julia Bradbury along the wild river Wye to the birthplace of tourism; and to hit the icy heights with Katie Knapman as she braves the slopes on her first ever ice climb.

Ellie Harrison is in Ennerdale, in the far north west of the Lake District, where they are taking a new approach to conservation. She hears from the people letting nature be, leaving rivers to meander where they will and letting trees lie where they fall. Ellie joins the orienteers enjoying this new found open space, meets the cattle doing their bit for conservation and plants a juniper tree or two. And she discovers the work of a long-lost Lakeland poet, a man whose life and work was shaped by Ennerdale but whose name was all but forgotten - until now.

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Mon 27 Feb 2012 00:30 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Ellie In Ennerdale

    Ellie In Ennerdale

    Ellie Harrison’s in Ennerdale in the far north west of the Lake District where they’re taking a new approach to conservation. It’s called ‘Wild Ennerdale’ and it’s all about hands off management. Ellie hears from the people behind this project and gets stuck in. She also joins some orienteers enjoying this new open space, plants juniper tress and sees how cattle are doing their bit for conservation. Finally she discovers the work of a long lost Lakeland poet.

    Find out more on the Wild Ennerdale website
  • Britain’s Biggest Boat Race

    Britain’s Biggest Boat Race

    Last summer, the Isle of Wight played host to the biggest sailing event in Britain, the 80th Round the Island Boat Race. The weather was rougher than it had been in decades, but that didn’t deter Matt. He took to the raging waters off the island to see for himself what makes this event so special.

    Find out more on the Round the Island website
  • Starling Displays

    Starling Displays

    It’s one of the greatest sights in Wild Britain and it’s all thanks to one humble bird, the starling. Julia Bradbury travels to the Ham Wall reserve on the mystical Avalon Marshes to see for herself just what kind of show these unassuming birds can put on. She isn’t disappointed. Three million starlings turn up to give Julia a show that she will never forget.

    More on the Ham Wall reserve on the RSPB website
  • Matt And The Brocken Spectre

    Every autumn people get a chance to see one of Wild Britain’s great spectacles – the deer rut. Nowhere is this more impressive than in the glens of Scotland. Matt Baker takes a trip to the highlands to look for red deer but ends up seeing something altogether more incredible – a Brocken spectre. This atmospheric illusion is so rare that Matt’s guide Donald had never seen one before.

    Wikipedia: More on the Broken spectre
  • Ellie Swims With Seals

    Ellie Swims With Seals

    The Farne Islands are home to the UK’s largest grey seal colony. Ellie joins underwater cameraman Ben Burville in the North Sea for a chance to swim with them. Ben has been following the seals and filming his interaction with them for years. But these seals are so playful that Ellie needs to remember that they are wild animals.

    BBC Nature: Learn more about grey seals
  • James Goes Caving

    James Goes Caving

    There are over four thousand caves in the Yorkshire Dales but only a handful are open to the public. To see the rest requires a bit of bravery, as James finds out when he enters this subterranean wilderness with a group of hardened cavers. Once underground he discovers a magical, delicate environment that only a handful of people ever get to see. And he conquers his fear of heights and small spaces in a single stroke.

    Try caving with the British Caving Association
  • Katie Tries Ice Climbing

    Ice climbing is not for the faint hearted. It takes guts, a head for heights and imperviousness to intense cold. Luckily Katie Knapman clearly has all three when she braves the frozen slopes of one of the Lake District’s remotest mountains. So how did she fare when confronted with a sheer face of ice more than 200 metres above ground?

    Thoughts on Ice Climbing from the Mountain Environment blog
  • Canoeing The River Wye

    The Wye Valley makes a very bold claim, that it’s the birthplace of British tourism. It’s claimed it all started back in the 18th Century when the Reverend William Gilpin published 'Observations on the Wye' - arguably Britain's first guidebook. Julia Bradbury follows in the reverend’s footsteps to explore this wonderful wild valley then takes to the water to canoe the rapids at Symonds Yat.

    Tourist information on Symonds Yat

Credits

Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Matt Baker
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Matt Baker
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Julia Bradbury
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Julia Bradbury
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Katie Knapman
Presenter
Katie Knapman
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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