P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:23/11 1/10 programmes on BBC tv and radio this week NEW YEAR'S DAY BBC2: 1810 DURRELL'S ARK As 1988 marks the 25th anniversary of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Gerald Durrell remembers two decades of filming and shaping conservation ideas MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:30/17 2/10 News from the BBC Natural History Unit The traditional practice of flooding on Southlake Moor, on the Somerset Levels, will be allowed to continue, to the benefit of the wildlife of this nationally important grazing marsh. This reversal of a previous decision by the local drainage board has been welcomed by the Nature Conservancy Council. When the site is flooded, it provides a haven for up to 20,000 ducks and swans MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:20/04 3/10 News from the BBC Natural History Unit On January 1 the British Trust for Ornithology hopes to have thousands of members "out in the field" for their first day's birding of 1988. At the same time, the BTO is running a sponsored bird-count to raise money for its Appeal. If you want to take part and support the BTO, write for a copy of the bird- count forms to: British Trust for Ornithology, Beech Grove, Tring, Hertfordshire. MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:20/10 4/10 News from the BBC Natural History Unit An eagle which was found last month, exhausted and starving, in County Kerry Ireland, has recently been identified as an immature Bald Eagle. At about six months, old, it is difficult to distinguish it from a young White-tailed Eagle. The question of its origin now has experts arguing on both sides of the Atlantic: has it escaped from captivity? Did it fly across 3,000 miles of ocean? Was it blown across or ship-assisted? MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:00/56 Natural History Unit Tha Wildfowl Trust's 'Swanlink', held last Sunday, was a great stccess and will be repeated again ndxt December. More than 60 birdwatchers 'phoned in, reporting a total of 4,500 Bewick's and 4,100 Ghooper Swans Bewick's Swans 2,500; while the most the South of France. MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:20/00 5/10 News from the BBC Natural History Unit The Wildfowl Trust's 'Swanlink', held last Sunday, was a great success and will be repeated again next December. More than 60 birdwatchers 'phoned in, reporting a total of 4,500 Bewick's and 4,100 Whooper Swans. Welney held the largest flock of Bewick's Swans - 2,500; while the most southerly population - 41 Bewick's - was 'phoned in from the Carmargue in the South of France. MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:30/03 6/10 country diary The Angle Shades Moth can often be found resting in almost-bare herbaceous borders at this time of the year. Some of the moths may be late migrants, but many are "home-bred" - there is evidence that they may emerge from pupae on potted plants brought in for the winter. The moth has elegant, long wings which are partially-furled at rest, and both the wings and the body are coloured in pastel shades of pink, green and fawn. MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:30/10 7/10 country diary This week's bird news is almost a repeat of last week's M with the Pied- billed Grebe, Red-breasted Goose and Falcated Duck still present. There is a Ring-billed Gull at Chew Valley Lake, Avon, another on Merseyside, and an Iceland Gull in Derbyshire. Red Kite were seen in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, four Shore Larks remain at Titchwell, Norfolk, and there is a Ring-necked Duck in HampshireN MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:11/10 8/10 country diary There is a Brant Goose, the American cousin of our Brent geese, on the marshes at Cley, Norfolk, and Martin Mere has record numbers of Bewick's Swans - 519. Smew are beginning to appear on east coast inland waters, with the highest number - 10 - reported for pools near Dungeness, Kent. Twenty-eight Russian Bean Geese have arrived at the Wildfowl Trust, Slimbridge which represents the second largest flock in Britain of this now rare bird. MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:12/03 9/10 country diary Meet some extraordinary urban badgers and their tolerant humans in the January issue of BBC GHLDLIFE, now on sale at newsagents, price £1.20. You can also find out what robins get up to when they're not begging for worms; why Canada looks set to kill seals again, and how to watch m—lnals and birds without them watching you. Plus news, view and reviews from all corners of the natural history world. MoreP262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 30 Dec 21:12/40 10/10 country diary Information this week was provided by: The Nature Conservancy Council, British Trust for Ornithology, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, 'ildfowl Trust, Paul Waring and Bird Information Service. The pages were compiled in the BBC's natural History Unit in Bristol.