Countryfile Autumn Diaries

Countryfile Autumn Diaries

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Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October



In a five-part seasonal celebration, join John Craven, Jules Hudson and Keeley Donovan as they celebrate how the countryside transforms itself to autumn, with on-location reports from Paul Martin, Margherita Taylor (pictured) and introducing international Para-dressage rider Diana Man.

Across the week the team travel the length and breath of Britain to bring you the best stories behind this extraordinary season. The series will be reveal controversial plans that may help save one of our most cherished native species - the red squirrel, reveal the secrets of growing record breaking giant vegetables and report on the surge in rural crime and the impact this is having on countryside communities.

TX 24 OCTOBER 2016
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Autumn is the season of harvest. A time when our woodlands come alive with colour and for wildlife, it’s a chance to stock up their larders before the harsh winter days ahead.

Keeley’s in Northumberland’s Kielder Forest, to report on the controversial plan to protect one of our most cherished native species - the red squirrel. Margherita reveals the secrets to how to grow record-breaking giant vegetables.

And each day Paul Martin will be breathing new life into his Victorian smallholding in Wiltshire. His autumn diary starts with giving his woodland trees a seasonal MOT as the leaves begin to fall.

As the salmon season gets underway, Keeley’s on the River Tyne in Northumberland to find out what’s being done to save our wild salmon stocks. Margherita’s on the case of a furry alien menace that could soon be invading your home.

Paul Martin visits a community project that’s bringing farm animals to the heart of the city. And Jules discovers how your dog could be a killer without your even knowing it.

John Craven is joined by the team - Margherita Taylor, Jules Hudson and Paul Martin - to bring the very best of the seasonal stories that matter to you.

In Lincolnshire, Jules joins the Police on the front line of rural crime as they crack down on illegal hare coursing by organized criminal gangs.

Margherita discovers why the nation’s favourite animal – the hedgehog - is heading towards extinction and she reveals what you can do to help this prickly problem.

Diana Man has always been a keen horse rider but what will she make of the newest trend of putting glitter tattoos on ponies? She joins the international polo team to find out why they’re fans.

And rookie smallholder Paul Martin discovers that our £7.9 billion coffee habit could come handy to grow an autumnal favourite – mushrooms - at home.

Spiders strike fear in many people, but autumn is the time they love best. Jules discovers why our eight-legged friends are moving indoors and reveals why they make the ideal housemate. Also Margherita finds out why our pets are proving to be the perfect pick me up.

And down on his smallholding, Paul Martin is on the hunt for a ram to introduce to his flock of Wiltshire Horns - but will he find Mr Right for his ewes?

As we look forward to Winter, Keeley’s investigating why light pollution could be damaging both to wildlife and our health. Margherita uncovers a secret garden that’s inspiring inner city kids to grow and eat their greens. Jules reveals some tips for living off-grid in the woods, whilst Paul’s finding out if his smallholding will come up to scratch as a site to release rehabilitated wildlife.