Matt And The Famous Five
Matt Baker heads to the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset which is actually a beautiful peninsula rather than an island and a place which inspired much-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. It’s 70 years since the first in the series of The Famous Five novels, ‘Five on a Treasure Island’, was published. Travelling under his own steam to Corfe Castle he meets up with a few familiar friends (and Timmy the dog) to enjoy a spot of cricket on the wildlife-haven of Studland beach. Then they all share a picnic - with lashings and lashings of ginger beer, of course.FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PURBECK AND ENID BLYTON
Ellie’s Reptile Hunt
Did you know that the UK is home to six different species of reptile? Ellie Harrison travels to the RSPB reserve at Arne to seek them out. The adder, grass snake, smooth snake, slow worm, common lizard and sand lizard can all be found on British soil and surprisingly every one of them resides in this small corner of coast. The weather conditions are on her side, but will Ellie manage to spot all six, including the notoriously elusive smooth snake?DISCOVER MORE ABOUT REPTILES AT RSPB ARNE
There’s enough high and medium level nuclear waste in the UK to fill the Albert Hall but, as yet, no one has come up with a definite long-term plan to deal with it all. The government is currently asking councils across the country to volunteer to store it in vast underground bunkers. Tom Heap heads to Cumbria to find out why authorities there seem to want the waste buried beneath them. And he asks just how safe storing it underground would be.WHERE IS OUR WASTE AT THE MOMENT?
Adam’s Farming Year
This week Adam Henson is looking back on his working calendar and revealing how his farm has benefited from the seasons and the weather so far this year. Most of his animals are out enjoying the summer pastures now. Some of his livestock simply need to take cover under the canopy of the trees to shade them from the sun, but others aren’t so well adapted. His Gloucester Old Spot pigs can suffer from sunburn during the summer months, so Adam provides them with pools of water to wallow in - and rubs some sun tan lotion into their ears to prevent them from burning!
Farmer of the Year
Adam will be one of the judges for this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards. He’ll be helping decide who should win the title of ‘Farmer of the Year’. Other expert judges will be looking for Britain’s best food producer, local food retailer and food market. If you know an individual, business or organisation worthy of recognition, please make sure we know about them. Sending a nomination is easy, just go to the awards website, via the link below.BBC FOOD AND FARMING AWARDS
Katie Knapman explores the Purbeck part of the famous Jurassic Coast where she meets a local artist who takes inspiration from the remarkable sea stacks, Old Harry’s Rocks. A little further west along the coast, she gets safely roped up to greet a man with more adventurous things in mind. Neil Gresham is one of Britain’s best professional climbers and, at Connor Cove, he does something quite remarkable – scaling a rock face, without any ropes at all!FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE JURASSIC COAST
Marine Safaris And Super-small Snails
Adam hits the explores the shore both on foot and on a very special new kayak to learn more about why our precious marine environment needs greater protection. Joining local volunteers at Kimmeridge Bay on Purbeck’s south coast, he takes part in a welly survey organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Then he heads out into the bay in a glass-bottomed kayak to get a clearer view of what lies beneath. Finally, he goes in search of the tiny but rare and beautiful Lagoon Snail to spy into its tiny world.LEARN MORE ABOUT SAVING OUR SEAS
IMAGE: Believe it or not there is a snail on the end of Adam’s finger!
- Series Producer
- Teresa Bogan
- Matt Baker
- Ellie Harrison
- Tom Heap
- Adam Henson