Review Number 2:
The second of BBC 1’s Nature of Britain series was screened on Wednesday night.
The remarkable footage depicting a variety of British wildlife riveted attention throughout the hour-long episode. Especially outstanding was viewing the pre-nocturnal behaviour of the Norfolk rooks. (These are supposedly reflected in the ‘theme’ within the above graphic.)
Here in Wombourne we regularly have our own flying display twice a day-when we are reminded to look skywards by the sound of geese cackling to one another as they fly in their distinctive ‘V’ shaped formation-south in a morning, north at night.
The predominant theme of this week’s programme was based around agriculture-particularly how a growing number of our farmlands are becoming natural wildlife havens. Hedgerows and the grasslands bordering them are being left ‘wild’, in order to encourage the establishment of mini eco-systems. This practice has been repeated along stretches that border the Brook here in Wombourne. In much the same way as Wednesday’s programme showed, flora and fauna are returning-we have seen the return of orange-tipped butterflies and a species of flowering plant called lady’s smock, as a result of such conservation measures.
Alan Titchmarsh (the programme presenter) also showed how careful husbandry of dairy herds had helped re-establish the horseshoe bat-which dwindled significantly in numbers as a direct result of a farmers in the 1980s worming their cattle. This practice decimated populations of dung-beetles, (the natural food of that species of bat), which were unable to survive because of the chemical residue found in cow-dung as a result of the worming practice.
The regional feature of the programme saw presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff visiting amongst other locations a Worcester farm where bio-diversity is a long-established practice.