Countryfile spin-off series unveiling the secrets of spring. Keeley Donovan’s on the shores of Loch Ness finding out about a cutting-edge trial by the ambulance service.
Countryfile: Spring Diaries episode 4
Saving Wildlife from Extinction
From burying terracotta pots to help bumblebees to allowing some of your lawn to go wild, Paul Martin is on a mission to discover what we can all do to protect our native wildlife from extinction. The statistics are frightening: two hundred birds on the watch list –sparrows and starlings amongst them – the hedgehog population has virtually halved in the last decade, honey bees are in trouble…. But it’s not too late if we all go to the rescue. Whether you have a sprawling garden or a patio, backyard or balcony, Paul picks up some clever tricks from the Wildlife Trust including a nature reserve in an old seed tray for those of us with just a windowsill.
Wildlife Rescue Squad
In her final report with the wildlife rescue squad in North Somerset, Margherita meets some of the most timid orphaned animals which need the gentlest of care or they could literally die of fright. While most patients here at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre will be released back into the wild, Margherita learns why two rather special animals will never be able to leave. And there’s good news for a hedgehog found in a sorry state in a Bath garden. With a clean bill of health, he’s now heading back home where three year old Mia is poised to give him all the help he needs to get back on his feet.
Ellie’s Rocky Adventure
The Wye Valley is famed for being home to the birth of tourism. This week however it’s a rather more thrill-seeking pursuit that’s on the cards as Ellie Harrison will be getting harnessed up and ready for a right rocky adventure! On the banks of the River Wye sits the village of Symonds Yat, home to a whopping eight hundred challenging climbing routes. With the help of expert climber Sven Hassall, Ellie Harrison will be taking on a feat that only 1% of climbers have ever achieved!