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British Countryside and Tasmania

John McCarthy talks to Michael Allen and Patrick Barkham about what draws people into the British countryside, and to Susanna Hoe about visiting Tasmania.

John McCarthy talks to the chair of The Royal Society for Wildlife Trusts, Michael Allen, about great writing on the British countryside and how the Trusts are encouraging people to get out of town and become involved with conservation pursuits. Journalist Patrick Barkham tells of his love of butterflies and how hunting all the native species leads him to some unexpectedly wild spots in Britain.

Women's historian Susanna Hoe is a regular visitor to Tasmania and explores the island from the point of view of some of the significant women in its past, the places associated with them and the burgeoning tourist industry there.

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30 minutes