Devon and Cornwall: Greener Lives

Devon and Cornwall: Greener Lives

This special programme celebrates Devon and Cornwall, two counties nestling side by side with lush green landscapes that are increasingly coming under threat. In this episode, we meet the people determined to protect and preserve the environment of this beautiful corner of Britain. Up towards Exmoor, farmer Cyril Cole is determined to bring wildflower meadows back to life. As an intensive farmer, he was once one of those responsible for depleting the now-threatened natural habitats. He’s now giving back to the land, promoting and selling his wildflower-rich hay to others. As it takes hold, he’s thrilled to be part of helping nature return, getting hands-on with the barn owl chick he has handreared back to health. On the heel of Cornwall, in Gweek, clean ocean campaigner Steve Green prepares for another adventure, along with his band of volunteers, to paddle to the hard-to-reach beaches along the peninsula, in a bid to rid the shoreline of plastic flotsam. On the Cornish mainland, farrier and horseman David Jones hopes that his age-old skills will be passed down the line to his daughter Myrtle, as they head out to tackle a rampant bracken problem in an old woodland. Off Devon’s north coast, cast out in the Bristol Channel, is Lundy Island – a haven for puffins and other seabirds. After decades of population decline because of a rat infestation, warden Dean Jones is hopeful that the beloved birds are making a comeback. Heading inland, Devon wildlife ranger Jake Chant has some VIP creatures under his care – wild beavers! As part of the first legally sanctioned reintroduction of an extinct native mammal to England, the River Otter is home to around 15 beaver families. It’s Jake’s job to monitor these once-persecuted animals?and to ensure that they continue to live happily alongside the local community. 

Devon and Cornwall: Greener Lives – Saturday 8.15pm on Channel 4

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