All you need to know about last Sunday’s Countryfile: Yorkshire and the Humber

This week Countryfile travels to Yorkshire and the Humber, a dynamic landscape where expansive skies take in views over its low-lying countryside and dramatic coastline.

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Matt Baker is out on the Humber estuary. When the tide retreats it reveals a large expanse of saltmarsh and mudflats; beneath it, a banquet awaits the thousands of wading birds that flock here. But to make sure there is enough food for them, the marsh has to be managed. Matt finds out about a new project that has been set up which brings together farming and conservation. Also, he visits an agricultural college where the girls are giving the boys a run for their money when it comes to farming.


If you’d like to explore the Humber, why not try one of our walks in the surrounding area:

Blow away the cobwebs with an exhilarating walk across one of the world’s longest span suspension bridges
See how one of the largest tidal estuaries in Britain provides a vital food source for migrating birds
Follow in the footsteps of the Fishtoft pilgrims as they attempted their first ill-fated journey to the coast – and ultimately America
Walk beside the River Ancholme and discover valuable habitats and a string of historic bridges
Enjoy a walk in the park on Lincoln’s South- facing slopes, with impressive views and a touch of Victorian splendour
From Skegness to The Wash, enjoy a host of plants and wildlife among sand dunes, saltmarsh, ponds and lagoons

Or, find out more about the wider area here:

Matt Wright explores England’s larder – in Rutland, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire – to see what’s cooking
Head to the heart of Lincolnshire and discover a small, picturesque market town brimming with character, history and antiquities. Nick Peers goes bargain hunting
This wonderful, tranquil Lincolnshire market town is made up of winding historic Georgian streets and Grade II listed buildings. It’s also an excellent base for exploring the wonderful homeland of one of England’s greatest nature poets, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Annie Mackinder tells us why we should go there

Meanwhile, it’s not just the coastline that is a rich breeding ground for wildlife; Julia Bradbury discovers it can be found in the most unlikely of places. Leconfield, in Yorkshire, is an MOD defence school for transport. It is here that military personnel learn how to drive combat vehicles; but away from the track, a small army of volunteers are doing their bit for nature. Julia joins them on a night-time operation looking for deer.

Why not find out more about this area:

Looking for peace, beauty and the perfect English village? Then head to the Yorkshire Wolds – a land seemingly forgotten by the modern age
Blow those autumn cobwebs away with a bracing bout of North Sea air. Nick Peers heads to the eastern edge of the North York Moors

Or explore it yourself by following one of these great walks:

Indulge in beachcombing heaven on this gentle walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Boggle Hole
Head out to sea to spot the gentle giants that live in British waters, before exploring the beautiful Yorkshire town of Whitby
The Wolds have found a powerful advocate in David Hockney’s bold images
Explore Hornsea’s impressive beach, backed by fast-eroding cliffs and a gentle, pastoral landscape that hold’s Yorkshire’s largest natural lake
Follow in the footsteps of legionaries on a 2,000-year-old road
Sweat it out using some pedal power on this brand new coast-to-coast cycling route over the Pennines and Yorkshire Wolds
Natasha Hayes reveals why you should swap four wheels for two this summer
This episode also looks at wildflowers. They were once a common sight in the British landscape, but in less than 70 years more than 95% of them have disappeared – Tom Heap finds out why.

Find out more here:

Now rare and precious, traditional meadows are both beautiful and fizzing with wildlife. Phil Gates joins the bees and butterflies to while away a spring day among the daisies, bellflowers and orchids
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took the kids to our local common to try to increase the local wildlife population by planting wildflowers.
Graveyards have become important havens for our native wildflowers and a host of creatures but they need to be managed sensitively, as Gemma Hall discovers
Wildflower meadows are a rare sight, but a few dedicated farmers are restoring our grasslands to their former glory

And, down on the farm, Adam helps a friend buy a herd of Hereford cattle.

Read Adam’s latest columns here.


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