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The people, places and stories making news in the British countryside.
This week on Countryfile, Adam Henson is in New Zealand to find out what makes it one of the most exciting places to farm. Along the way, he meets some old friends, helps with a cattle muster like no other, witnesses sheep farming on a breathtaking scale and goes on the hunt for a rare goat breed with an unbelievable story.
In this edition, Matt Baker is in the stunning Gisburn Forest, where he meets the people who make the most of what nature has to offer here. Anita Rani is on a farm with its roots in the past, but which is looking to the future. She also meets the refugees who are discovering how to farm in the snow. Adam Henson meets the stallions playing a special part in securing the future of rare breeds. And Tom Heap looks into an argument between gun owners and doctors over new Home Office rules on gun licensing.
The programme visits the Somerset Levels, where Matt Baker is on the hunt for the common crane, a bird that has been brought back from the brink. It now thrives in this area, thanks to an unlikely union. Anita Rani meets the farmer who is turning apples into a tempting drink. Adam Henson takes stock on his farm as winter arrives. And in the first part of a new feature, the programme discovers the highs and lows of life as a rural vet. Plus Charlotte Smith finds out why people who swim in the sea are unwittingly exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria.
Anita Rani joins some budding 'citizen scientists' taking in the New Year Plant Hunt. Leicestershire has more than 300 rare species of plant, but they're being lost at a rapid rate. Anita visits Leicester University's herbarium to investigate the city's plants past, present and future. John Craven is at Rutland Water which is a hotspot for birding, with more hides than any other reserve in the country, where every year at least one hide is rebuilt. John joins in with 'raising' the new building which forms part of the trainee reserve officers training for the year. Steve Brown gets to know some of Rutland Water's winter visitors better and looks forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch, as well as meeting the young birdwatchers taking part and revealing how to take part in this years' event. Tom Heap looks at the problems faced by rural fire services.
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