Next Episode of Countryfile Summer Diaries is
Season 2 / Episode 1 and airs on 21 August 2017 09:15
Summer is boom time in the countryside and on our coast. It's a season when temperatures rise and the days lengthen. A crucial time when every living thing must make the most of the sunshine.Every day this week, John Craven and the Countryfile Summer Diaries team - Keeley Donovan, Jules Hudson and Margherita Taylor - are unveiling the stories behind this extraordinary season.
Today, Jules finds out how changing our shower gel could help save our seas and protect our marine wildlife. Keeley reports on the summer battle between fruit farmer and Mother Nature. The arrival of elderflower is a sure sign summer is here. Margherita joins the pickers bringing in this years harvest. And in Wiltshire, Paul Martin provides top tips on combating pests on his allotment.
From a secret location, Margherita is on the trail of an exclusive and rather elusive food that's worth its weight in gold. Jules (pictured) is finding out whether eating ice cream at this time of the year could actually be good for your health. Nearly half the population in the UK has low levels of Vitamin D so Keeley asks could a drop of sunshine be the answer. And rookie smallholder Paul Martin will be providing tips on how to create charcoal for your summer barbeque.
We'll be finding out if it's possible to farm lobster to safeguard wild stocks. How climbers are helping to protect a rare upland bird. Why our wildflower meadows are in danger of becoming ‘McMeadows' and what we can all do to stop this new phenomenon. And there'll be tips on how to keep quails from fledgling smallholder Paul Martin.
As we look forward to autumn, Keeley joins the pea squad to bring in our most popular vegetable, Margherita finds out why a bunch of women are putting the bloom back in to Britain, while Paul cracks how to cash in on keeping quails.
Keeley Donovan is in Scotland investigating why criminals are targeting the fledglings of our rarest birds of prey; finding out how a group of volunteers came to the rescue of a sunburnt dolphin; and takes the plunge for a new 100-mile snorkelling trail in the Highlands. She'll also discover why the RNLI's latest campaign could save your life if you end up in cold water this summer. Margherita Taylor is finding out why more of us are suffering from hayfever; uncovering a secret WW2 mission that brought garlic to the Isle of Wight; revealing what rising sea levels and coastal erosion mean for our summer heritage sites; and she'll be taking a look at a project to reintroduce beavers for the first time in 600 years to tackle flooding.
Paul Martin is meeting rooftop urban bee keepers, backyard rescue hens and keen gardeners determined to show how you can grow your own veg without much outside space. Joe Crowley investigates what one of the driest years on record means for our rivers, wildlife and water supplies. Greg Mackenzie looks at the more unusual activities our heritage sites are putting on to entice visitors, and the RSPB's Roy Taylor visits a former mining site that's been transformed into a nature park.
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