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The people, places and stories making news in the British countryside.
Countryfile is in Lyme Bay, where the rugged west Dorset and east Devon coastlines meet. Julia Bradbury is exploring its rich geological history, which has made this place a fossil hunter's paradise. Matt Baker learns there are other treasures to be hand on the coast; inside Beer Caves some of our rarest bats are roosting. The network of caverns provide the perfect habitat for no less than nine of the eighteen species of bat found in the UK. Matt finds out why conservationists are replicating this habitat in a new bat cave being built outside on a reserve. Ellie Harrison is also on the hunt for rare species too; a South Devon cow, known locally as the 'orange elephant', that was once a common feature in the Devonian countryside. Ellie meets a farmer on a mission to bring back the orange elephant as a milking cow. Elsewhere, Tom is investigating the impact one of the wettest years on record has had on farmers and wildlife. And lambing is in full swing on Adam's farm, but some of his ewes need a bit of helping hand.
In this special 25th anniversary edition of Countryfile, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is guest editor. The stories and locations featured reflect many rural issues that are close to his heart. Whether it's the plight of struggling hill farmers, apprenticeship schemes to encourage young people into farming, or innovative schemes to get school kids growing their own food, the Prince shares his passion for the countryside and the people in it. The Countryfile team learn too of his love of hedgelaying, of farming, and of walking in the country, as we spend time privately with the Prince on his Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire.