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Go Green and Get Your Badge!

It's a Green badge special, jam-packed with UK wildlife. We come face to face with the reptiles on our doorstep. Also, young gardening expert George is back.


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It's a green badge show, so we're looking for UK wildlife

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in the Blue Peter Garden. There's loads here!

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-We've got bugs...

-Fish...

-Birds!

-Snakes!

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-Snakes?

-It's terrifying!

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No, boys, it's just a hosepipe -

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we're going to need it later! Don't worry.

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-ALL:

-Hello!

-Welcome to Blue Peter.

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We are loving the Olympic Games so much,

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two things are going to happen.

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We're continuing our summer of sport with a badge baton relay.

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And that thing is the second thing - look at that on-screen!

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I want one of those, even though it exists in the digital world!

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Every week, we're challenging you to earn a different badge,

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if you haven't already got them.

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And this week, it's so recycled, this badge, it's green!

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Yes, it's made of frogs.

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We love the green badge, and as you know, we award it...

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Stop it! ..to anyone who sends in a letter, picture, poem, poster,

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it could be anything to do with the environment, conservation or nature.

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To help you earn your green badge,

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we have a show jam-packed full of inspiration.

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And here's what's coming up on today's show...

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I'll be catching up with the Springwatch team to find out

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which little creepy-crawlies call our forests their home.

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UK wildlife expert Mike Dilger is going to be here to bring us

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face-to-face with some reptiles - I'm going home!

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-You're not allowed!

-And do you remember the Radzi and Barney

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electric bike challenge?

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Well, Barney is still so excited about that,

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his face is doing this...

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That's right. But first,

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I think our BP Garden needs a little bit of a makeover,

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and luckily we know just the person for the job.

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He knows his onions from his radishes...

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Stop it! It's gardening pro George!

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-Yes!

-Hello, George!

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Come on over, come join us.

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Thanks for wearing a matching outfit to me.

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Thank you for that. Welcome to Blue Peter,

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or should I say welcome back,

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-because you did our veg patch!

-Yes, I did.

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Which, by the way, is looking awesome.

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If you want a catch up, you can get that online, of how it's doing.

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Talk to us - tree, why is there one here?

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Well, today, we're going to plant this beautiful crab apple tree

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-into that hole.

-Fab.

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It really is beautiful. Is now a good time to plant them?

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Well, the best time is in spring or autumn,

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but because this is in a pot, it's absolutely fine.

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We're going to get it in the hole in a second.

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-You've dug quite a big one there, haven't you?

-Yes.

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-And what's in there?

-Bone meal.

-OK...

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Bone meal is an organic fertiliser which should help the roots grow.

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-Fab.

-So, George, we've got a crab apple, we've got a hole -

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-shall we put it in?

-Well, first, we need to pick it up...

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-I'll give you a hand.

-Thank you.

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What we're going to do is called teasing the roots, and basically,

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we're just going to tickle the plant.

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Tickle it! Is it going to laugh?

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-Hopefully!

-There we go. We're getting a bit of soil on the ground,

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but you've got to be quite delicate here, haven't you?

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Yes, to make sure you don't pull the roots out,

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-because that would be disastrous.

-Oh, OK.

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-George - can we put it in the hole?

-Yes.

-My arms!

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Yes!

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The next job is just putting the compost in.

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But when you are putting the compost in,

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make sure there's no large clumps, because if there's any large clumps,

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it will create air pockets, which will stop the roots growing.

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That's a top tip right there.

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-George, we're coming back to you in a little while, aren't we?

-Yes.

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You sort the crab apple tree out.

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While he does that, time to see what happened when I went to meet

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the Springwatch team

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and a few very creepy crawlies - have a look at this.

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Today, I'm going to be going on a special walk.

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But this isn't just any old stroll, because I'm going to bioblitz.

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That's right, bioblitz.

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Does anybody actually know what bioblitz is?

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-ALL:

-We do!

-I thought you might!

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Let's go, come on!

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bioblitzing involves counting

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as many different species of wildlife

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in a single area. And today,

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we're on the hunt for bugs in a small part of the forest

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near the Springwatch HQ at Minsmere.

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-There's one.

-What's that?

-A beetle.

-Shall I get it?

-Yeah.

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Come here, come here!

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'Counting the number of different insects in the forest

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'gives the rangers a really good idea of how healthy the habitat is.'

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-Is that a little worm?

-Really weird.

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'But as well as counting,

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'we're also collecting them for a closer look later on.'

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Oh, the beetle thing flew out.

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-Oops, did you lose it?

-It flew!

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And there are some interesting ways of doing it,

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including using a device called a pooter.

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Oh, found one! What do I do?

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-Wait, is it this end?

-Yeah.

-Where?

-There.

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You collect the insects by sucking them through a tube.

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Nice!

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None went in my mouth, to be fair. Yes, we've got something in there.

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And you didn't eat it!

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So, bioblitzing is basically a great big wildlife health check,

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as Springwatch presenter Chris Packham explains.

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The more you find, the healthier that community is.

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So if you find lots of bugs, lots of mammals, lots of birds,

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lots of plants, you know that you've got a good, sustainable,

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healthy community. That's what we count them.

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And it's something that anyone can do, pretty much anywhere.

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You don't need a big, posh garden,

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and you certainly don't need to be on a nature reserve.

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You can do it in a window box.

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I'm quite excited now to have my first bioblitz.

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'After a couple of hours,

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'we've collected up a huge variety of species,

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'which indicates this woodland is very healthy indeed.'

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Maddy, what have you found in there?

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A beetle and two woodlouse.

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This whole area is made for these little bugs,

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because of all the logs and things.

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Just lift one up and everything is underneath.

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Before we return our bugs to the wild,

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we're going to head back to the Springwatch studio

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and take a closer look at them.

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But on the way back, we come across one last, fascinating creature.

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What is this? It's huge!

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It's a hairy bear caterpillar.

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It's so hairy, isn't it?

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Am I right in thinking we shouldn't touch him?

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Yes - when they're hairy like that,

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the spines can actually cause a skin rash.

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-Oh, OK.

-They are kind of like a really tiny but long hedgehog.

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And look at all his little legs moving around -

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-that's pretty awesome, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Up close and personal - I love it!

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Back at base, we can get a really good look at our discoveries.

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This is where they get those really cool close-up shots of all

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the insects, and it's almost like

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they've set up a little studio just for bugs. It's so cool!

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And the results are incredible.

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You can properly see everything on him - looks really cool.

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All the little scales on his body, on his head.

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You're getting some nice wiggly shots there?

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-Yes.

-They're quite speedy.

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-LINDSEY LAUGHS

-Well, not too speedy.

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These cameras really help us to see all sorts of detail we'd never have

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noticed while out in the woods.

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It's actually got web, look!

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He's hanging off the twig with his web!

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Also, if you look really closely,

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you can see that his legs actually have little hairs on them.

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-Yeah.

-Did you see that?

-Yeah.

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-Look at that.

-That's so cool.

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It's been a successful day bioblitzing,

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and the data we've gathered will be shared with the Springwatch team to

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get a better idea of how healthy the wider nature reserve is.

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It's been amazing being behind the scenes and meeting some of

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the Springwatch crew, and seeing how

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they put all of those intricate shots together.

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And it's shown me what a diverse selection of wildlife

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there can be in one tiny piece of land.

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So, get outdoors, grab a grown-up and get bioblitzing.

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Why not?

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It's surprising how much wildlife you can find

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in your garden. All you've got to do is look for it, and a man

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who knows all about that is Mike Dilger, everyone!

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-He's back on the show! Mike, so good to see you.

-Barney!

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Let's talk about this, Wildlife In Your Garden - it's your book,

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and it's about wildlife in your garden - how did this come about?

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It does what it says on the tin, Barney.

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It's all turning kids on to wildlife on their own doorstep.

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There's so many competing attentions for kids these days - social media,

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video games... But I want to get kids into what I got into when

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I was a kid, which is wildlife.

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I started 40 years ago watching wildlife,

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and I'm as obsessed now as I was back then.

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And really, it's where you first start watching wildlife,

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in your own back garden. There are 60 million gardens in Britain.

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Even if you don't have a garden, you can go to your local park.

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The idea of the book is to get kids identifying wildlife and also trying

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to improve their gardens for wildlife as well.

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Let's talk about the sort of things we can see in our gardens.

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Reptiles, yes!

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I never would have said reptiles could be found in a garden.

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Six native species of reptile in Britain -

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three of them can be found in gardens.

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We're going to start with probably the most unusual,

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this is the common lizard.

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Right at the front we've got a pregnant female.

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She's full of eggs, and probably later in the summer,

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what will happen is, those eggs will burst,

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and out will come perfect little miniature replica lizards.

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-Wow!

-These are lounge lizards, they like to bask all day long.

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That's what they'll be doing, they'll be basking on log piles,

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any south-facing walls,

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and they'll be running around catching little invertebrates.

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Because they are cold-blooded - they need heat to survive.

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So the obvious question would be, what are they doing here in the UK,

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where there is hardly any heat? Apart from today!

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They are sun-seekers, and they can find it

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in the most surprising places. April to October, they find enough

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heat to be able to live their life.

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October to March, as soon as the frosts start to hit,

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that's when they start to close down, they go into hibernation,

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this incredibly deep sleep.

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They'll drop their temperature just above freezing,

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their heart rate will slow right down,

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and they'll basically survive without eating the whole winter.

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First rays of spring, they'll wake up and away they go.

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Beautiful. There you have it. I never would have seen one of those

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in my garden, but have a look, you might find one!

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-Next up, here we go.

-Look at that.

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That, Barney, is a grass snake.

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Three species of snake in Britain -

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this is the one that's by far the most common in gardens.

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I think grass snake is a bit of a rubbish name -

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it should be called water snake.

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If you've got a pond, you will always find them close

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to water. They love eating frogs, small mice, big invertebrates.

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I can tell it's a grass snake,

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because it's got that lovely yellow collar.

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This isn't venomous, before you ask.

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-OK.

-Have a look at this - this is a jaw of a grass snake.

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-Wow!

-And what it does is, it grabs hold of the prey,

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it's got backward pointing teeth so the prey can't get away.

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So that starts to coil round

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and squeeze the living daylights out of its prey.

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That's amazing.

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And these actually lay eggs, so...

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a basking place, near water is a good place to look.

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But compost bins are brilliant for them.

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Warm, rotting vegetation is where they lay their eggs,

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-until the young hatch.

-Incredible. What about the last one?

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The last one I think is probably

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the most common reptile in people's gardens.

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You say that, but we saw this earlier on,

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and this is the first time in my life I've ever seen one of these.

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But you know what it is?

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I know what it is now, but I didn't before.

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-It's a slowworm.

-It's a rubbish name.

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Another one with a rubbish name. It's not a worm, it's actually

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a legless lizard.

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If I was to stick that in an X-ray machine

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and you'd look at its skeleton,

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you'd see a pair of shoulders and a hip girdle -

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which means evolution has made it lose its arms and legs.

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Over thousands and thousands of years, it's decided,

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"I don't need them.

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"I can go into really small, tiny places" -

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your arms and legs get in the way.

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So this crawls into little tiny nooks and crannies,

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comes out at night, eats slugs and snails.

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It is the gardener's friend.

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Its tongue, you can see, it's not a forked tongue, like a snake,

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it is a notched tongue.

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And it's also got a pair of eyelids, which is very characteristic

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-of lizards.

-They're beautiful things. Now, you're an expert,

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so you can handle these creatures, but if we see them in our garden,

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are we best just to leave them alone and enjoy the show,

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-or can we pick them up?

-Well, you have to be

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particularly careful with slowworm,

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because what they do is, they drop their tail.

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It's an escape mechanism.

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If a crow, for example, grabs its tail,

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it can snap its muscles and its tail comes completely off,

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and that will wiggle around

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and fool the predator into thinking that's the food.

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And the vital organs, the head, the body,

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will basically slither away to live another day.

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So I know what I'm doing, I'm very careful I don't hold the tail.

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I would say, stand back and admire them,

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because they are beautiful things.

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Mike, thank you for being here again -

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always nice to see you on the show.

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If you want to find some ways to welcome wildlife into your garden,

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if you go online, you'll find some tips from Mike himself.

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-Mike, thank you very much.

-Barney.

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One great place to see wildlife is the Blue Peter pond,

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and earlier this year, Radzi and Naomi gave it a good old clear-out.

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Here's how they got on.

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When Blue Peter moved from London to Salford,

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we brought the garden with us.

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Four years later, and it's thriving.

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Let me show you around.

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For starters, we have

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hand, foot and paw prints of some rather famous Blue Peter presenters!

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I recognise those ones!

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The statue of legendary Petra, the first ever Blue Peter dog.

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We have CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson.

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And the Blue Peter vegetable patch, which is looking...

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RECORD SCRATCHES

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Hang on, Naomi, what are you doing here?

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I'm here to help you with some spring cleaning, Radzi!

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Amazing!

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And this is what we're taking on - the centrepiece of the garden,

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the Blue Peter pond.

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And as Naomi is used to getting up close and personal with nature,

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she's the perfect person to help.

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Naomi, good to see you!

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You, too, Radzi. But what is with the feather duster and the gloves?

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Well, you said spring cleaning, so I've come prepared for a bit

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-of dusting...

-No, I meant clean the pond, in springtime...

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Yeah, I mean, no, I knew that.

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Because otherwise I'd look a bit... silly.

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Unlike a fish tank, ponds don't need regular cleaning.

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But from the amount of fish poo and leaves in ours,

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we know a tidy-up is due. But we're not doing it alone.

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On hand is a man who knows his fish - pond expert Chris.

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Chris and I are just filling up this holding tank -

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give the fish somewhere nice to live while we clean their pond.

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But where's Radzi?

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-SLOW MOTION:

-Nobody panic! Radzi's here!

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Don't worry, Naomi. I'm going to dive in there and save all the fish.

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Or we could just use a net to collect them.

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Who is Annette, and where is she?

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I mean... I mean, I knew that.

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I did, I did know that!

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OK, let's transfer the fish.

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Here you go.

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'As our pond is safe from predators,

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'our fish population has grown.'

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-There's another.

-Thank you.

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'With the last ones finally out, we can drain the water.'

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Let's pump the pond!

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Whoa! So, the pump drains the water from the pond,

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and then it goes into this area so it's reused to water the garden.

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'Nicely done, Naomi.

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'But there's a problem over at the fish tub.'

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Chris, I am shocked at how many fish there are in this tub.

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-How many are there?

-24.

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They're all in perfect health.

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And are all of these fish going to go back into the pond?

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No, it'd be better if we rehouse some of them.

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-A bit more space.

-A lot more space for them, yes.

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Although they're healthy, our pond can't sustain this many fish,

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so Chris will make sure some of them find a happy new home.

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Right, back to the job in hand.

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The pond is almost empty.

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There's just the lovely job of removing the silt and sludge!

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That looks yuck!

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Yeah, I'm glad I'm not going in there.

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-Disgusting!

-I mean, I'd have loved to, but I don't have any gloves!

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-Hmm!

-Yeah.

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Ah!

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The silt will actually be used as a fertiliser,

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to help the rest of the garden grow.

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It's taking ages!

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'All right, Naomi! Some of us are working hard!'

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Hang on! I've found a mobile phone!

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Mum, I'm cleaning out the pond!

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It doesn't work.

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Look at that! That is one spotless pond!

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All that's left to do now is refill it.

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There ain't no party like a Blue Peter pond party!

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Woohoo!

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Oh, yeah!

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-To you.

-All right, to you, Chris.

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-Perfect.

-'And we're even using some of the old pond water,

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-'to help the fish settle back in.'

-Thank you.

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So, we're just putting some plants back into the pond.

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You don't actually have to plant these in soil.

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They're quite happy just floating in the water,

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and those will provide lots of oxygen for our fish.

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So the clean-up is complete.

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But Chris has a special surprise for us - two new fish,

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carefully selected for our pond.

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They're called shubunkins,

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and they're very suitable for this type of pond,

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because they produce a lot less waste than other fish.

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Aw, you're going to love it in there!

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-Chris, thank you so much for your help.

-Thank you.

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And, Naomi, you worked your socks off all day,

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so we have two Blue Peter fish, and I think we should name them

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Radzi and Radzi B.

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Radzi is an awesome name for a goldfish.

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-I want one!

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but two green badge hits.

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And one of them is the biggest I've ever done.

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I'd better get a move on!

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First, I'm heading to a school in Manchester,

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to surprise 220 Blue Peter fans who planted an edible playground.

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It's a space they can play in and also grow food for their lunches.

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How cool is that?!

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Hi, everyone.

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-ALL:

-Hello.

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I heard about the edible playground, I'm here to find out about it.

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-When did it first start?

-February.

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-And you've been growing stuff since?

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All right, then.

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'And 220 badges later...'

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-ALL:

-Thank you, Blue Peter!

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Now, I'm on the way to meet Eva.

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She's ten years old and she's designed

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a beautiful bird box that I want to go and see.

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She has absolutely no idea that we're here.

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Hi, Eva.

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-Hi.

-How you doing?

-Good.

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Good, do you see the TV cameras?

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-Yeah.

-Have you heard of the show Blue Peter?

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-Yeah.

-You're on it!

-Oh, my...!

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So, Eva, this has got to be one

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of the most beautiful bird boxes I think I've ever seen.

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-That is definitely worth a green badge, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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I'll tell what we'll do. I will give you a green badge if you'll take me

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to actually see this birdhouse, is that a deal?

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-Yeah.

-There you go. It's yours. Congratulations.

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Thank you.

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Shall we go in? Hi, Mum!

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'The bird box really caught my eye as an ingenious make,

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'and it hangs on a special memorial tree in Eva's garden.'

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There it is. Wow! It's so much more beautiful in the flesh.

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Look at it! Tell me the story. Where did the idea come from?

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I'd done something similar at school, like, making a Viking house,

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and so we did it, like, as a birdhouse

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and put, like, the thing on top.

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Whose idea was it to make it out of lollipop sticks?

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-That's genius, by the way.

-Mine.

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So, you've got your green badge.

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-Thank you.

-Is that OK?

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-Yeah.

-High fives!

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Well done.

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Eva.

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SHE GIGGLES

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How great was that?

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And you can find out just how to make

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Eva's lollipop bird box online. There's a little guide for you.

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Speaking of attracting birds to the garden -

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George, you have been very busy since we last saw you.

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-What are you doing there?

-Well, I'm just putting some bark chips on.

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-Uh-huh?

-And bark chips help to suppress weeds.

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Basically, it just means to keep the weeds off.

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OK. And we've got kind of a stake thing

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keeping it upright, haven't we?

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Yes, just to keep it, so it doesn't blow down.

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Sounds good. And you've given the crab apple tree a bit of

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-a drink as well, haven't you?

-Yes, I've given it a bit of a water,

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just to get them roots in and just give them, like,

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-just like a drink before a race, you know?

-I love it!

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OK, well, George, thank you so much for coming in.

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I guess all we do now is sit back,

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chill out and wait for those crab apples, isn't it?

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Lindsey, I told you last time!

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It's going to take months to happen! Oh!

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I knew that, George!

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-I know that!

-Remember to water it in summer, though!

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And he's off! What a pro!

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We love George. Thank you so much for coming on.

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And I think we should finish the green leg of our Badge Baton Relay

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in true style, with a Barney versus Razdi,

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so over to Barney, who's got more details.

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Yeah. Ha-ha! Ha-ha-ha!

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I, er...

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What Barney's trying to say is, we'll be doing that!

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Oh, ho-ho!

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Ha-ha-ha, yeah!

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He's excited.

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We're taking on OSET bikes,

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electrically-powered bikes that can go pretty much anywhere!

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We've come to a course in Yorkshire,

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where young riders test their skills, to see how we compare.

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It's time to meet our coach, Dan.

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Dan, pleasure to meet you.

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Never mind the interview, I want one!

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Barney is very, very excited about this.

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-Hi, Dan, how are you doing?

-Hi, Barney, pleased to meet you.

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I ride a bike, but it's very different to this.

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What's the difference between the one I ride and this one?

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There's no seat, you stand on the foot pegs.

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All you've got to think about is the throttle, which is

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-on your right hand.

-The throttle, is that

0:22:330:22:35

-the "vroom-vroom!"?

-Not on these.

-There's no "vroom-vroom!"

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-Completely silent.

-Of course not!

-It's battery-powered.

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Dan, shall we get a book out and find out all about...?

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Radzi, you're a good friend.

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Pipe down, let's get on the bikes,

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let's make this film happen. Here we go!

0:22:460:22:49

And we're off. Well, one of us is, anyway.

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Hang on! Don't forget,

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this is my very first time riding a powered bike and, believe me,

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it's not as easy as Barney is making this look.

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Look at him, he loves the speed!

0:23:010:23:03

I'm scared of the speed!

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-And that needs to change.

-Come on, Radz!

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I am definitely getting the electric bike bug,

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and I'm not the only one - these young riders love it too!

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They're really fun and you can play about on it all day

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and the batteries last long.

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-Perfect, yeah!

-Aw, mate!

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Barney just did a wheelie!

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I was, like, really excited, like, "I want to have a go!

0:23:250:23:30

"I want to have a go!"

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You can really play around any time you want, anywhere,

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and you get no noise complaints from any neighbours or anything.

0:23:370:23:41

'Already, training's over and now we face the really big challenges that

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'will test our biking skills.'

0:23:450:23:46

Ah!

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'But before we get stuck in,

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'we need some final advice from top young rider Olly.'

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You need to understand that

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you can't put your foot down, cos if you do,

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every time you touch the ground,

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it's a penalty towards the ultimate score,

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so you want to be sharp on your brakes and have good balance.

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Barn, I'm not ticking many of those boxes.

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I think if you believe in yourself, you can do this.

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Do you know what? Bring on the challenge!

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He's got no chance.

0:24:130:24:15

Time for our first big test.

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The hill! It's a steep descent down a muddy track and up the other side.

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This one is all about brakes and power.

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And I'm up first!

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Let's have a go here, Radz. See what happens!

0:24:280:24:30

Back brake on. Stick to the line.

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Here we go. Down the middle bit.

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Bit of power! Wey-hey!

0:24:340:24:36

-Stage one complete.

-It's now time for the turn of Chingyanganya.

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He is nervous. I know it doesn't look this steep on camera,

0:24:390:24:41

but it really is a lot steeper when you're going down!

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-Keep your speed and don't fall off! Keep going! Yes!

-Mate, well done.

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So, we've both nailed that one.

0:24:490:24:50

It's on to challenge two, the U-Turn.

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We have to ride up a rocky path

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to the top of a field and back down the other side.

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'That may sound easy, but remember,

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'we have to do a complete run without putting a single foot down.

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'And this time, I'm up first.

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'And I quickly realise this section is a lot tougher than the last.'

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That's not the track!

0:25:100:25:12

'It's so rocky

0:25:120:25:14

'And no matter what I do, I can't get my bike going.'

0:25:140:25:17

My challenge has changed. It's "Can I push this bike around?"

0:25:170:25:21

'This stage has clearly beaten me.

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'But I really want to try and just complete it.'

0:25:250:25:28

Oh! That was too tough.

0:25:320:25:34

That was too... I tried my best, but I've met my match.

0:25:340:25:38

'It's clear that, no matter how hard I try,

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'I'm never going to be able to get around this section without

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'touching the ground. But can Barney?'

0:25:440:25:47

Well, nearly!

0:25:490:25:51

'I soon see why Radzi was struggling.

0:25:510:25:53

'This is really tough!'

0:25:530:25:56

So close!

0:25:570:25:59

'But no matter how many attempts it takes...'

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Come on, mate! This is the one!

0:26:030:26:05

'..I'm determined to do a complete run without touching the ground.'

0:26:050:26:09

Come on, Barn!

0:26:090:26:10

Go on, Barn!

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Go on! Yeah!

0:26:140:26:16

'Hee-hee, at last! I've done it! Get in!'

0:26:160:26:20

Ha-ha-ha!

0:26:220:26:24

Yes, mate!

0:26:240:26:26

'Only the final challenge is left - The Puddle With A Step.

0:26:260:26:30

'OK, the name needs a bit of work, but this is tricky!

0:26:300:26:34

'You have to ride through water and make it over a large rock and onto

0:26:340:26:37

'a raised section, all without touching the ground.'

0:26:370:26:40

'Although I gave it my best on challenge two, I failed,

0:26:400:26:43

'so this one would definitely beat me.

0:26:430:26:46

'Over to you, Barney!'

0:26:460:26:47

Oh! So close!

0:26:530:26:54

'Well, you know what they say. If at first you don't succeed...

0:26:540:26:58

'Try again! And, yes, he does it!'

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Yes!

0:27:040:27:06

That is the most fun I've ever had!

0:27:060:27:08

Not just the fun of this brand-new sport, but look at

0:27:080:27:10

the future champions right here.

0:27:100:27:11

It was absolutely amazing.

0:27:110:27:13

Thank you for helping us out and all your top tips.

0:27:130:27:15

One thing before we go, though. Um, do we get to keep the bikes?

0:27:150:27:18

-ALL:

-No!

0:27:180:27:19

Ah, OK.

0:27:190:27:21

I want one!

0:27:240:27:27

You genuinely deserve one, mate.

0:27:270:27:28

You were awesome! I was awful!

0:27:280:27:30

However, something that is awesome is next week's show.

0:27:300:27:33

Make sure you're watching it, cos the Badge Baton Relay continues,

0:27:330:27:36

with this little beauty!

0:27:360:27:37

-Look at it in all its glory!

-It's the purple badge.

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It is! And of course, we give it out to anyone who reviews the show.

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So how about you head online, print out a purple badge review form

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and let us know what you thought of this very show?

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While you're there, check out the BP Fan Club.

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You can watch exclusives and play games. Go and check it out!

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-We'll see you next week, everybody.

-Bye-bye!

-Bye!

-Bye-bye!

0:27:520:27:55

It's a Green badge special, jam-packed with UK wildlife. We come face to face with the reptiles on our doorstep. Also, young gardening expert George is back to turn the Blue Peter garden into a bird haven.


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