18/03/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury visit the New Forest. Matt finds out how the local ponies are keeping an invasive pond weed in check, and Julia gets to grips with some big machinery to help clear the land for a special conservation project. Ellie Harrison is also in the New Forest, getting out of breath as she discovers the delights of adventure racing.

John Craven is in Scotland, where deer-stalking is a vital part of the Highland's economy. He investigates why huge numbers of them are being culled to make way for trees. Adam Henson keeps lots of rare breed chickens on his farm in the Cotswolds, but this week he looks to add some unusual egg-laying hens to his collection.

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Wed 28 Mar 2012 00:40 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Matt The Trainee Smuggler

    Matt The Trainee Smuggler

    The Beaulieu River in the south east of the New Forest, has a long and dramatic history of smuggling. In the 18th century it was a favourite stop off for ‘importers’ who were trying to evade taxes. Matt Baker explores Buckler’s Hard, a ship-building village, famous for providing vessels for Nelson’s fleet and discovers what is thought to be a smuggler’s hidey-hole. He also attempts to sneak contraband goods down the river, all in the name of historical recreation. Will he escape in time, or will the long arm of the law catch up with him first?

    FIND OUT ABOUT THE FIGHT AGAINST SMUGGLING TODAY
  • Ellie’s Adventure Race

    Ellie’s Adventure Race

    Adventure Racing is a relatively new to the UK. It’s a competitive activity combining a variety of sports with a navigational element. Ellie Harrison teams up with former world champion racer Nick Gracie to run, cycle and navigate her way around the New Forest. She discovers that this unusual habitat provides a beautiful and challenging venue for sports. But will her enthusiasm be enough to stop her slowing the team down?

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ADVENTURE RACING
  • Julia And The Monster Machine

    Julia And The Monster Machine

    The New Forest in Hampshire is one of our most beautiful National Parks and home to a myriad of different habitats. Julia Bradbury jumps aboard a thirty tonne amphibious excavator to help the trust with a project aiming to return a rare mire habitat to a perfect, boggy state. This amazing monster vehicle can clear acres of bog-clogging trees and even floats on water. Julia also finds out about the wealth of unique plants and animals that live here and has a go on the massive machine herself.

  • Adam’s In Poultry Heaven

    Adam’s In Poultry Heaven

    Adam keeps several types of rare breed chicken on his farm, but none of them are particularly brilliant when it comes to laying eggs. So, this week he goes shopping for some chickens that will perform a little better, giving him white eggs, brown eggs and even some unusual blue coloured ones. He meets up with chicken breeder Andrew Gabriel, formerly known as Turkey Frank, and selects a few different breeds of commercial laying hens to take back to his farm.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RARE BREED POULTRY
  • Matt Goes Pond Dipping

    Matt Goes Pond Dipping

    There are between 800 and 1000 ponds in the New Forest. Matt visits three of them with very different histories, each supporting various unique ecosystems. He learns about the essential part the semi-wild New Forest ponies play in controlling invasive plants around the pond edges. Matt also gets up close and personal with some of the National Park’s most important but tiniest creatures by getting wet in his waders!

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT POND CONSERVATION
  • John Investigates Scottish Deer Culls

    John Investigates Scottish Deer Culls

    John Craven heads to Scotland to investigate why tens of thousands of red deer are being culled to make way for trees. Stalking – the hunting of deer – is big business in the Highlands, bringing more than 100 million pounds to the national economy. But these animals can also cause significant damage to the local environment and have been hampering plans to bring back thousands of trees. So, to give forest regeneration a better chance, deer in some areas have been heavily culled. But, is there a compromise that will keep both the stalkers and the conservationists happy?

Credits

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John Craven
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John Craven
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Julia Bradbury
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Julia Bradbury
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Matt Baker
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Matt Baker
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
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Ellie Harrison
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Ellie Harrison

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