The Countryfile team visits East Sussex. Matt Baker explores the coastline and looks at some of its more iconic legacies. The red and white stripes of the Beachy Head lighthouse are in danger of being lost for ever; Matt meets the campaigners determined to save them.
Julia Bradbury is inland, exploring the countryside which inspired Virginia Woolf and other members of the Bloomsbury set. She also meets the Natural Bee Keepers, and the bees with a sting in their tail.
Tom Heap is in East Anglia investigating a mysterious and sometimes fatal illness that is affecting dogs walked in woodland, and Adam Henson takes a break from his Cotswold farm and visits Switzerland, where he is on the hunt for some cows who like a fight.
Save The Stripes?
The red and white stripes of the Beachy Head lighthouse are a sight familiar to millions, but how would it look if those distinctive bands were left to fade to their natural grey? The high-tech navigational systems on-board most boats means the lighthouse no longer has to be quite so visible, plus repainting her is costly. But Matt Baker talks to local fundraisers who are determined that the famous rings should be saved. He also meets an artist whose work has been inspired by the landmark.
Virginia Woolf’s Landscape
Julia Bradbury explores South Downs – a landscape which not only inspired one of the 20th century’s most famous writers, but also helped her cope with depression. The rhythmic motion of walking the hills and fields would help Virginia Woolf deal with the pressures of life, until one day it all became too much and she drowned herself in the River Ouse. Julia speaks to one local woman who still remembers that tragic day and finds out why the landscape captivated the author.
Adam In The Alps
In a special two-part Adam’s farm, Adam Henson is back in the Alps finding out about farming the Swiss way. First he discovers the fighting cows that are gentle giants when it comes to working with people. These cows naturally fight each other over territory, a tendency that the locals have turned into a competition. Then, he goes in search of some rather unusual – and very hardy – goats that call this mountainous land their home.
Mystery Dog Illness
Tom Heap is in Norfolk investigating a mysterious condition that’s making dogs seriously ill and, in the worst cases, killing them. Seasonal Canine Illness has only appeared in the last few years and appears to affect dogs that have been walked in certain areas of woodland in the autumn. The main symptoms are lethargy, sickness and diarrhea and the cases so far have all come from the East Midlands and East Anglia – including the Royal estate at Sandringham. Although the illness has only affected a few hundred of the nation’s ten million dogs, the Animal Health Trust would like the public’s help in finding the cause and to see if it is appearing in any other parts of the UK. If you think your dog may have been affected – or have walked your dog in woodland in East Anglia or the East Midlands, please find out more – and help with the research - by clicking on the link below.
Veteran Car Run
Matt gets in the driving seat of a 110 year old De Dion Bouton ahead of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The road trip celebrates the raising of the speed limit to 14mph back in 1896. To qualify the cars need to have been built before 1905, so not all of them make it to the finish line in one piece. So, on his test run, how will Matt cope with a lack of power steering and questionable brakes?
Julia gets on the wrong side of a bee while finding out about natural beekeeping. Natural beekeepers believe they work more holistically with the insects to make them happier and healthier. We examine a ‘sun hive’ – which is meant to more closely imitate the shape and purpose of hives in the countryside. Julia also hears that even though you may get less honey, you will have more contented and sustainable bee colonies in return. But how contented is the bee that stings Julia?
IMAGE: Julia with natural beekeeper Heidi Hermann
|Series Producer||Teresa Bogan|
|Series Producer||Teresa Bogan|