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May 10, 2011


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Joyce Charlton

I have just discovered Japanese Knotweed on my land in a small area. Could you provide the information for the weed killer brand that was shown on the program, what it is etc.

Hope you can help.


Caroline Davey

People normally use glyphosate (Round Up) for spraying on knoweed. Good luck!

Tim Fry

Last night's programme was Matt Baker was advocating drinking unpasteurised milk he appeared to be saying it was ok to drink?I If this is his opinion then he is more stupid than i think he is,Drinking unpasteurosed can lead to brucellosis which is a very unpleasant illness. I think you had better correct this in you next programme, I have a Cornish cousing who farmed in Cornwall some years ago who drank some untreated milk and he was very unwell, Matt Baker in my book is a total idiot !!

Bill Welsh

Just viewed the latest edition of Country File. The weather reporter informed us about the heavy rainful this month in "Buteshire" ?. I would like to visit "Buteshire". Is it any where near Skyeshire ? or maybe Edinburghshire?
We must be told!

Julie Hetherington

Just been watching tonights episode of Countryfile (29th May) and Johns comments regarding the nightingale. Popped into my garden to move the hose and there was a nightingale sitting on the roof of my next door neighbours house, singing his heart out!He is still there as I type. We live in a village in South Oxfordshire, fairly rural but not isolated. Their song is just beautiful

Kathryn Holden

I watched the programme last night (29th May) and was very sad to learn that some areas in the country have little 'bird song'! I live in a small town in East Lancashire which is quite an urban area but with many green spaces and some healthy gardens with trees & shrubs. We have plenty of native birds here and it's wonderful to hear the 'dawn chorus'! As far as I know there are no parakeets living in the wild around here (probably too cold & wet for them 'up North'!). Although we have paving at the front of the house, we have left a 'wild' area at the side for birds and small animals and had many blackbirds nesting this year. Will try to listen out for the Nightingale in future, to monitor them around here.

Meg Green

I have just watched Countryfile and was absolutely amazed that John Craven did not even mention that just maybe grey squirrels could be a threat to our garden birds. In this area they most certainly are - they rip nests out (including swallows) completely ruining the chance of a brood that season. As for magpies who go round in families at this time of year - they terrorise the local inhabitants, raiding nests etc. I don't need a survey - I have seen it so often. The numbers of magpies and squirrels should be reduced most definitely.

Chris Hobbs

That Adam is only interested in money, all he talks about is money, that lamb should be worth about 180 quid.
Hope the BBC pay him a lot of money!!!!!

Tony Lucas

Regarding the piece about the pearl mussels below the Kielder Dam. It occured to me that since the spawning fish are taken above the dam and the young smelts are then caught and taken below the dam, the problem could be that the mussels do not receive the necessary food trigger to produce eggs. Since they are filter feeders, in a normal river, without a man made dam, they would injest spent milt and fish eggs carried down stream from the spawning sites. Because of the dam, this may not be happening. Something in their environment must cause them to produce eggs at the optimum time and in the absence of this food trigger they just wouldn't react.

I have no knowledge if this is correct or not but it seems an obvious possibilty to me.


Tony Lucas

David Jupp

I usually order several copies each year, one for myself and the others for friends and rellies. These I re-send after inserting a greetings card. Would it not make sense for you to provide this service, thereby saving on costs, carbon footprint etc. plus I'm sure you would sell many more?
Dave Jupp

Ian Williams

Absolutely delighted to see TWO items on the programme supporting PV! Not only are we well behind in the UK - as compared with most European countries - but I am amazed at some folk's hostility, born not just of ignorance but of an apparent scepticism of anything purporting to be 'green'. The generous FiT brings ££££ signs to the eyes of some of these detractors, but still they seem to feel they are about to be conned. Hats off to go-ahead Wadebridge, I say! Ian

Linda Dean

can you tell me if I can send in photographs to the competition in Portrait format or must they be in Landscape.

Huw Jone

What a pity that the researchers for the otherwise interesting segment of last Sunday's programme on the Large Blue in Gloucestershire didn't go back to original sources. Admittedly not quite as up-to date as that provided by the excellent Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the information the nineteenth naturalists have on the Large Blue in this county is fascinating. Try 'The Fauna and Flora of Gloucestershire' by Witchell and Strugnall (pp.244-248) published in 1892 in Stroud, just a couple miles down the valley from the supposedly 'secret location'. As they say 'The most prominent Gloucestershire butterfly is undoubtedly the large blue (L. Arion).' Edward Newman's 'Natural History of British Butterflies' is somewhat earlier, but equally interesting as to distribution and sightings. Then there are the numerous volumes of the Cotteswold Naturalists Field Club. More background than 'fifty years ago' would have given a proper dimension to a conservation topic such as this.

Huw Jones

Tony Strong

Regarding the comment made about speices sightings in sunday 3/7/11 programme, the picture were it was stated that the insect was a moth was actually a common skipper.


Can someone please tell me what the name of the music +artist used to back the Countryfile photo competition?

Best wishes

Jim Wood

Richard Tudor

Countryfile should reflect both sides of the argument on carbon emissions in grassland and animal production. To highlight the benefit of traditional flower meadows highlights only one side of the coin. How about the benefit of the latest high-sugar grasses, and the role that they have to play in reducing carbon emissions?? The increase in animal production from these grasses is far superior to the production from traditional meadows resulting in less methane being produced. Digestibility of traditional/wild flower meadows compared to state of the art new HSGrasses?? 55-60 v's 75-80+. Please present a balanced argument on your programme.

roger childs

Great to see Claire Balding joining the team on 07/08/2011, I hope she is a permanent replacement for the annoying Julia Bradbury. Also James Wong should be given a higher profile, he is very knowledgable. Adam Henson and John Craven are also very well suited for this type of programme

David Robinson

The programme on 14th Aug suggested on more than one occasion that Wessex was a county invented by Thomas Hardy for his writings. No it wasn't. winchester was, I belive, once the capital of Wessex.
The Kingdom of Wessex ( /ˈwɛsɨks/) or Kingdom of the West Saxons (Old English: Westseaxna rīce) was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the West Saxons, in South West England, from the 6th century, until the emergence of a united English state in the 10th century, under the Wessex dynasty. It was to be an earldom after Canute the Great's conquest of 1016, from 1020 to 1066. After the Norman Conquest there was a dissolution of the English earldoms, and Wessex was split among the followers of William the Conqueror.

David Ogden

Counrtyfile (21/08/2011) ran a report on reducing food waste to help reduce the use of landfill. One area the UK government is pushing is the use of green waste recycling plants. The report did not reference the known health risks to people and animals in close proximity to these sites. This is particulalry important where these sites are being proposed within residential areas as part of local Council activity to reduce waste going to landfill. Farmers may recognise 'Farmers Lung', now medically known as Aspegilliosis as the health side affect. Environment Agency licencing is based on the known health risks. The BBC should have mentioned the known side affects to balance the report because the view presented was this industrial composting process is the answer to our food waste problems. It's not!

UK Gov has discussed this industrialised composting many times along with other agencies and residents are fighting local battles with planning applications. Yes the composting does work but in the right location, away from housing.

David Brocklehurst

I have been watching country file since the beginning but I am getting fed up with all the repeats, especially Adams farm it is now turning in to a SOAP & DON'T WATCH SOAPS THEY ARE FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE A LIFE.
Please get back to proper programs.

Ben Hampton

Can someone please tell me what the name of the music +artist used to back the Countryfile photo competition?

Best wishes

Jim Wood

Can anyone helpf with this please? Seems google doesn;t understand "organ music going da, de-da, da-da de-da da :(

Ben Hampton

Jim, we have success!!




Steve Young

Hi Guys, My family and I enjoy the Countryfile show. Watching the latest show 28/08/11 and Adam showing the viewers his harvest from the `rape oil seed`, would it be a good idea to show `how it all started`. That is from ground preperation, ploughing, sewing the seed, right through to the harvest, also as with other crops grown such as Wheat, Sweetcorn, Maze, Kale, Barley etc etc.
It has to be educational especialy for the younger viewers.
I used to work on a local farm while at school and really enjoyed the outdoor life which I still do.
Regards. Steve Young.


I have to say that Clare is one of the worst presenters on TV.

Joseph O'Driscoll

18 September 2011: the idiot boy claimed that the water in the rapids travels at "10 knots per hour". A knot is speed not a distance:the "per hour" converts it to a measure of acceleration

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