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Countrywise

  • Episode: 

    2 of 8

  • Title: 

    2014
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 03 Nov 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

    No
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 45 2014 : Sat 01 Nov - Fri 07 Nov
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode two
 
Episode two sees Paul Heiney go back to his farming roots, ploughing with the magnificent Suffolk Punch horses; Ben Fogle is learning how to captain Wherry boats in the Norfolk Broads, while Liz Bonnin is in Yorkshire investigating the plight of the barn owl. 
 
Before World War I, there were up to 2.8 million horses working the fields of Britain. These animals have gradually been replaced by the tractor, meaning their numbers have drastically decreased with Suffolk Punch horses dwindling to just 500. Paul meets Nigel Oakley who is working hard to keep the breed going.
 
Having worked with the endangered Suffolk Punch horses twenty years ago, Paul sees how hard Nigel and his team are working to keep the breed alive. Paul says: “In the Suffolk landscape, behind the Suffolk horse, there's nowhere better in the world to be."
 
The Norfolk Broads is the largest protected area of wetland in Britain. Providing thousands of boating hours for visitors each year, Ben Fogle visits the area and relives his childhood memories, learning how to ‘quant’ with skipper Henry Galman.
 
Ben later sails the Albion, a Wherry boat designed in the 1800s. With only two out of 300 Wherry boats left, Ben learns about the charitable trust hoping to keep the Norfolk tradition afloat.
 
Meanwhile, Liz investigates a campaign to save the Barn Owl. With only 1000 pairs of Barn Owls left, the campaign aims to reduce their demise, going into over 100 schools to educate children about the owls.
 
The Yorkshire wildlife trust have set up a website to submit Barn Owl sightings and money has been raised by the public to buy nesting boxes to encourage owls to make homes. Liz says: "The barn owl is such an iconic part of our British countryside. But it's plight goes to show that even popular birds like this one are going to need our continued support to ensure they're not lost forever."
 
Series overview
 
Countrywise returns for a brand-new series, taking viewers on an energetic and investigative look at the best of Britain’s coast and countryside.  
 
Farming and agricultural expert Paul Heiney, intrepid adventurer Ben Fogle and wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin travel the length and breadth of Britain to discover the countryside’s best stories and key issues.