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Sat  6.10 - 6.35am
Thurs 1.30 - 2.00pm (rpt)
Local people making their corner of rural Britain unique
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Saturday  19 May 2007
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Bluebells in West Wood
As Hay-on-Wye welcomes the world's literary experts for its annual book festival, Helen Mark discovers there's more to this small Welsh town than just books
 
One of the most famous books which came out of the region around Hay was written about the countryside of the Wye Valley. 

Helen Mark finds out more about the writings of Francis Kilvert as he travelled the Wye Valley in the 19th Century. 

The programme takes us on a journey along the river where Helen finds out about the efforts to improve the water quality and increase the variety and numbers of fish along the Wye.  
 
Helen hears first hand the magic of the sound of the river when she does some birdwatching through her ears.  And finally she travels to Brilley Green Dingle to hunt for an Early Purple Orchid, only to discover that someone got there first.


 
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