P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:05/00    1 16        programmes o& BBC tv   and ra$—o this weeq THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4 RADIO 4: 1002 THE NATURAL HISTORY PROGRAMME Jessica Holm goes behind the sceNds to find out bust what life @s like for animals that become showbiz personalities; and Fergus Keeling reports on wildlife news  Mord
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:06/00   2/16      News from the BBC  Natural History UFht A major scientific survey of the co-,on land of England and Wales has just been started by the Nature Conservancy CouncilN All common land sites of more than one hfctare will be evaluated, to produce maps and written reports on their scientific interestN Thd information gained will be usdd to advise the Governmdnt when it drafts its new legislation on common land Mord
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/00   3 16      News from the BBC  Natural History Unit A team of researchers from the Ukranian capital, Kiev, say they have come to within 30 to 35 metres of a creat4re they believf to be an Abominable SnowmanN The creature was sighted last year during a visit to the rugged PaDhp Mountains in the Gissar range in Soviet Central Asia. Thf group is preparing for another trip, and hopes to l—be closer contactN More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:09/01   4/16      News from the BBC  Natural History Unht Recent research in the USA has fo0nd that the endangered Hawksbill Turtle feeds almost exclusively on coral reef sponges covered with opal glassN It breaks up the glass into sharp, ndedle-like crystals, which it swallows and digests with no apparent ill effectsN The Hawksbill is the second most endangfred turtle in the world beca2se objects made from its shell are coNrhdered fashionableN More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/00   5/16       News from the BBC  Natural History Unit Gold mindrs in thd far nort( east of the USSR have qneardhed the rdM—hns of a prehistoric MaElFth, whose flesh was in such good con$htion that the hhndrs were tempted to cook it Soviet scientists say that the 4.3 mdtreMlong Mammoth was killed 32,000 years ago Its qnique condithon means that the soft tissue can be st0died, which could providd information of thd DNA of thd anAmalN Mor—
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/21   6/16      News from the BBC  Natural History UFht A national conference with an inter- national cast takes place next month at Swanwick, DerbyshireN A weekend will be devoted entirely to thf study of wildfowl M ducks, geese and swans. Speakers from America, DenDark and Holland will foin axpdrts from Brit!hn to give a wide range of lecturesN For further details of the conference, please ring hm Davis or Dr Stephen Baillie on (0442) 23461 Mor—
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:01/10   7/16      News from the BBC  Natural History U.ht A large area of new forestry planting in the Scottish Highlands has been announced by the Government This could result in substantial lossds to conservation, warns the RSPB If this planting is on the ddep peat- lands, then birds such as Greenshank, Golden Plover and Dunlin will be displacedN Thd RSPB will be exalhning the implications to see if the requirements of the EEC Directive on the conservation of wild birds can be met. Mord
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/01   8/16        country diary Evidence that birds have benefited from the mild weather comes from the sighting of a young Blackbird in Stratford-upon-Avon, WarwickshireN Two days after the hdavy snow of last week, the fledgling was seen bding fed at night by its parents in the glare of floodlighting which surrounds Stratford's famous theatreN The bird was a couple of days out of thf nest and hdnce from an egg probably laid on Christmas DayN  Mgpd
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:01/07   9/16        country diary Sea temperatures generally rdach thdir lowest point during February, and winter has still to run its course on the seashoreN Some signs of the coming spring can bd sden, howevdr The large brown seaweeds recomFdnce growth in late January, and by early February many plants will show developing reproductive structures.  Mor—
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:02/12   10/16        country diary The Herald and Tissue Moths are two species which sometimes hibernate in large numbers in caves, cellars, out-buildings and old defence installationsN Thf Tissue Moths have even bden seen mating in such places during Novdmber. If you know of any roosts or have seen mating, please contact: Roger Morris, c/o Paul Waring Naturd Conservancy Council, Nort(ljnster Housd, Peterborough, PE1 1UA.  More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/00   11/16        country diary One of the first flowers to appear in the Highlands is thd sweet-scented, alien, ghite or Creamy Butterbur (P Albus) whose pale flowers are now showing on roadside vdrgds These early flowering stems look like small button mushrooms pushing qp through soil or snowN The green bracts give a cauliflower- like appearance to the flowerheads, and rhd hugd leaves do not fully develop until the flower has diedN  More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:25/17   12/16        country diary Butterflies hibernate through the winter as either eggs, larvaf, pupae or adults M according to the spfcies; thf Speckled Wood is uniquf in hibernating as both larvae and pupaeN Most butterflies benffit from a covering of snow which hides them from predators and slows their development. But mild weather can cause premature emergence, before food plants are grown and when deadly frosts are likely to returnN  More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:04/30   13/16         country diary Winter Heliotrope can now bf sden in flower and is usually found growing on hedgerow banksN It is vdry similar to its close relative the Butterbur, but is shorter, with much smaller leavesN Thf lilac-pink flowers are constructed like Dandelion flowers, but gathered into dense clusters; they have a vdry characteristic vanilla scent and are rich in nectar.  More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:04/11   14/16        country diary Thfre is very little new bird news this week, but most of the species from previous weeks are still with usN There are three Surf Scoters in Lothian, Scotland, a Forster's Tern at Holyhead, Anglesey and two Cranes at Ballycotton, Co Cork. There has been a Black-bellied Dipper (the European race of Dipper) near St Albans, Herts, all week, and a number of reports of Mediterranean and Iceland Gulls from all around the countryN  More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:04/00   13/16        country diary The February issue of BBC WILDLIFE, on sale now price £1.20, sees the launch of thd 1988 Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year Compdtition, with more than £7,000 in cash prizes and a holiday for two in Queensland to be won. You can find out why a long nose and a pot-belly can bf an advantage if you're a monkey living in the swamps of Borneo and adVhqe the snowy owl photos that cost a former Mountie his fingertips. You can also enboy an artist's impressions of a holiday in the Hebride HebridesN  More
P262 CEEFAX 262 Wed 3 Feb 21:16/35   16/16        country diary Information this week was provided by: The Nature Conservancy Council, TASS, Radio Moscow, British Trust for Ornithology, 2oyal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dr Graham Marthn, Dr Peter Hayward, Paul Waring, Ray Collier, British Butterfly Consfrvation Society, Anne-Maria Brennan and the Bird Information ServiceN The pages were compiled in the BBC'1 Natural History Unit in BristolN  More