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Season 29 / Episode 39 and airs on 24 September 2017 19:00
The people, places and stories making news in the British countryside.
Ellie and Steve are on the Llyn Peninsula in north west Wales. Ellie goes snorkelling to explore the rich seagrass habitat beneath the waves, before joining the conservationists netting fish as part of a marine survey. She also meets 19-year-old Urien Davies-Hughes, a third-generation boat builder who uses his grandfather's tools to build traditional Aberdaron beach boats. Steve meets the dairy farmers who both produce and deliver their own milk. He also visits the farmers who have turned their hand to bespoke ice cream and comes up with a brand new flavour of his own. Adam takes part in a mulberry harvest, while John is joined by fellow judges Simon King and Deborah Meaden to reveal the final 12 photographs in this year's Countryfile photographic competition.
Countryfile looks at how food is harvested, from large-scale crops for supermarket shelves to smaller hand-picked harvests for local markets. John Craven is in Oxfordshire meeting the only distillers in the country to use an ancient strain of rye to create a new type of gin. Margherita Taylor is in Norfolk with a farmer keen to prove that the British radish is more than just a bit on the side. Margherita also visits Bardsley Farm. The family have been growing apples and pears since 1892 and have recently branched out into growing apricots. Adam Henson meets the first of the two nations competing to win the coveted title of One Man and His Dog 2017. Tom Heap discovers how little is known about wasps and asks for viewers' help to find out more.
Ellie Harrisonis on Cornwall's Rame Peninsula to visit Mount Edgcumbe, where the UK's first ever native dark honeybee reserve has just opened. Previously thought to be all but extinct in the UK, an almost pure and distinctive population has been identified here, and although they make up only 1% of the bee population, it is claimed they could hold the key to reversing colony collapse - Ellie finds out how. The programme also catches up with Malcolm Baker, the last traditional fisherman in the Rame Peninsula, who features in a film that captures the old traditions of fishing in the region with the idea of passing on dying skills to the next generation. And Tom Heap is on the hunt for traditional British craftsmen and women. With many heritage crafts dying out, Tom is keen to find out what can be done to save them.
Ellie visits the Lake District, the UK's first national park to be a Unesco World Heritage Site, and she explores the three factors that made it an area of international cultural significance - identity, inspiration and conservation. There is also a look back at some of Countryfile's own experiences in the fells and valleys - meeting the people who all play a part in protecting the countryside. Additionally, in the lead-up to the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need, the programme visits the Highlands of Scotland to meet Logan and his dad Scott, who will be taking part. Logan lost his mum to cancer last year and is supported by Children in Need-funded charity Maggie's, who offer invaluable support to children like Logan. There is also news on how people can join in Ramble weekend by putting on their own sponsored rambles, walking through the beautiful British countryside and raising money to help some of the country's most vulnerable youngsters.
Matt Baker and Charlotte Smith present Countryfile's One Man and His Dog for 2017. The best shepherds and their dogs from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales go head to head for the coveted trophy. Each team is made up of two competitors - the 'singles' who compete with one dog and, the ultimate in sheepdog trialling, the 'brace', working two dogs at the same time. This year's competition is being held in Hampstead Heath, making it the first time that sheep have been on the Heath for 60 years.
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