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THE WALL
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Peter France looks at the dry stone walls of Great Britain
Monday to Friday 23-27 January 2006 3.45pm-4.00pm

Throughout the week, Peter France explores different aspects of dry stone walls across the country. He learns about their history, structure, the wildlife that depend on them and raises questions their role in the future.

A dry stone wall
A dry stone wall in the Yorkshire Dales

Programme 1 - Ancient Walls
In Yorkshire, farmer Tom Lord tells presenter Peter France why he believes some of his own walls may be 800 years old and were built to deter wolves.

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Programme 2 - Hand Print Across The Landscape
Building a dry stone wall is not like building with bricks and mortar. Each lump of stone has a different size, shape and texture.  "Never pick the same stone up twice" says waller Andy Louden "or you'll never make a living".

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Programme 3 - Wild Walls
Dry stone walls make wonderful habitats for small mammals and reptiles who use the nooks and crannies as valuable hiding places, and the walls themselves provide corridors through an otherwise fragmented landscape.


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Programme 4 - Rock Hard Walls
The rocks used in each wall also give and incredible insight into the varied geology of the British Isles.

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Programme 5 - Walling in the Future
Peter questions whether dry stone walls have a future in modern agricultural landscapes.

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