15/07/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Julia Bradbury and John Craven explore the Snowdonia National Park. It is home to some of our mightiest mountains, which overlook an extraordinary countryside. Its sweeping views have been captivating visitors for centuries. Julia ventures on to Snowdon to combine her passion for walking with her sense of adventure when she tries her hand at scrambling. When you're out on the mountain, you need to be prepared; Julia also learns about a new scheme to aid walkers out on the ranges, and gets to grips with life as a mountain leader.

Beneath its peaks, John discovers a hidden valley that reveals a Celtic rainforest. Its damp conditions make it a special place for some of our finest and rarest plants.

Elsewhere, Tom Heap investigates genetically modified crops. More than a decade after being described as 'Frankenstein food', GM is back in the spotlight. Tom finds out whether a new generation of GM crops really will give us a healthier, more prosperous future. And down on the farm, Adam's new Belted Galloway bull finally arrives.

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Tue 24 Jul 2012 01:05 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Julia’s Scramble In Snowdonia

    Julia’s Scramble In Snowdonia

    Julia Bradbury tackles the challenges of Snowdonia’s toughest mountains. She begins by learning the art of scrambling from Mike Raine on the rockface of Tryfan Bach. Then she meets volunteers from the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, who are struggling to cope with the number of unprepared walkers who get lost in Snowdonia every year. Julia also finds out how they are using mobile phone technology to help keep people safe. One of the rescue team volunteers, National Park warden Gruff Owen, shows Julia the new grid reference discs he’s putting on Snowdon’s stiles to help walkers if they lose their way.

    FIND OUT ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN SAFETY MOBILE PHONE APP
  • John And The Healing Hay

    John And The Healing Hay

    John Craven visits two National Trust farms in Snowdonia where farmers are reversing the modern trend of silage making by using traditional hay instead. Hay meadows, which can house up to eighty species of wild plant, are not only good for wildlife, they have also acted as a natural pharmacy for humans and animals for hundreds of years. Farmer Gwyn Thomas shows John his ancient ‘hospital field’, where he and his forefathers have put sick animals to feed on the beneficial wild plants. Then John meets botanist, Natasha de Vere, to find out how scientists are unravelling medicinal folklore with the help of DNA barcoding. As a final treat, John tries a rather pleasant tasting hay fever cure, made by herbalist Pip Waller from local flowers and mead.

    DISCOVER MORE ABOUT DNA BARCODING
  • Tom Investigates GM Crops

    Tom Investigates GM Crops

    Tom Heap looks into one of the most controversial areas of crop science, the genetic modification of plants. A new generation of GM is currently being developed that offers the hope of fruits that are better for you and even crops that don’t need fertiliser. However the public remains to be convinced and anti-GM campaigners still have a whole host of objections, including the view that there are cheaper and more ‘natural’ ways of improving our crops. So, should we be pressing ahead with the research?

  • Map Reading For Beginners

    Julia meets a group of mountain leader trainees on Snowdon to find out how to navigate in bad weather. Navigation expert Carlo Forte teaches Julia some of the tricks of the trade, including the art of using features in the landscape to help find your location on a map. Then using her trusty compass, and the map, she embarks on a mountain leadership challenge to test her skills.

    TRAIN TO BECOME A MOUNTAIN LEADER
  • A Wet Adam’s Farm

    A Wet Adam’s Farm

    It’s raining on Adam Henson’s farm and the soaked ground is already making him worry about the quality of the silage he’ll have this year. But it’s the not the only problem being caused by the weather. Standing in a wet field means Eric the Bull needs treatment for an infected hoof. And then there’s ‘Cracker’, Adam’s new Belted Galloway bull who arrives on the farm this week. But, be warned, he’s not in the best of moods!

  • Snowdonia’s Celtic Rainforest

    Snowdonia’s Celtic Rainforest

    John joins the Woodland Trust at their new ‘Celtic rainforest’ site – Cwm Mynach. Weatherman David Lee shows him how a mixture of continuous rain and thick tree cover has created uniquely moist conditions under the canopy. Then botanist Ray Woods takes John on a microscopic tour of the special lichens and mosses, which have made their home under the trees. Finally John helps Woodland Trust warden Kylie Jones Mattock remove invasive non-native spruce and pine trees, as part of her efforts to expand the ancient broadleaf woodland.

    LEARN TO IDENITFY ATLANTIC WOODLAND LICHEN

Credits

Presenter
John Craven
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John Craven
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Julia Bradbury
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Julia Bradbury
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Tom Heap
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Tom Heap
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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