All you need to know about last Sunday’s Countryfile: Fife

This Sunday, Countryfile is in the historic kingdom of Fife. 

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This Sunday, Countryfile is in the historic kingdom of Fife. Matt Baker explores Tentsmuir Forest – a haven for wildlife, where the artist in residence has set up a virtual trail so that any visitor is guaranteed to see badgers, otters and the other animals that make their home in the forest.

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Helen Skelton is also in Fife, at Falkland Palace which was once the playground of royalty in the 16th century. Mary Queen of Scots would once have gone hunting and hawking there and the oldest surviving real tennis court is still seeing some action – not least when Helen takes on Mary in a singles match.

Why not explore the area with one of our walks or days out:

After successfully returning to Scotland’s Western Isles, the sea eagle is now making a come back on the east coast.
 
Walk between two of Scotland’s best beaches on this wheelchair-accessible and family-friendly jaunt in Fife.
 
Follow fixed chains and carved footholds to explore a stretch of the dramatic Fife coastline that’s dotted with secret coves and caves.
 
Stroll along the charming Fife coast before enjoying fish and chips in a picturesque village.
 
Pedal around picturesque fishing villages in the East Neuk to work up your appetite for some award-winning fish and chips.
 
Flock to Scotland’s largest lowland loch, where spring wildlife abounds.
 
Fish and chips is a British institution, but many fish species are in real danger of being lost forever due to overfishing. Mark Taylor discovers the shops that are selling the best sustainable fish.

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Head off with your camera across Britain with our shortlist of some of the best places to photograph extraordinary wildlife in the UK.
 
Great Day Out writer Andrew Beaven experiences the perfect sunday morning; watching playful otters in Scotland.
 
If we want to enjoy the glittering, green serenity of the great British countryside, we have to accept the rain that it depends on. But do not despair! Here are five of the best places to not only tolerate the rain, but enjoy it.
 
 
Meanwhile, James Wong finds out all about the old fishing boat called a Skiff. Once used for fishing off the north Scottish islands, this sturdy rowing boat is now raced by local clubs up and down the coastline but how will James fair in a regatta?

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Explore Mull’s rambling backroads to see two species of golden eagle soar over Scotland’s isle of natural wonders.
 
Climbing a mountain needn’t be as daunting as you might think – and the views from the top will be worth it.
 
A herd of cattle has been running wild on a Scottish island for decades. Keith Ringland joined Countryfile’s Adam Henson to visit Swona, a place lost in time.
 
Do you dream of a new start on a remote island? Paul McGuinness visits Eigg, Scotland’s “green paradise” in the Inner Hebrides, to find out what life is really like there.
 
Experience the thriving fishing industry, pretty villages and tight-knit coastal communities of north-east Scotland. Brigid Benson is your guide.
 
 
Also in the programme, Tom Heap is across the Irish sea investigating one of the most controversial issues in the countryside – culling badgers. The cull in England to reduce the spread to bovine TB may be new but in ireland they’ve been doing it for years. Tom looks at what the Irish experience can tell us about the best way to tackle this costly problem.

Adam Henson meets a dog with a rare talent. Jess, the eight-year-old springer spaniel bottle feeds the lambs on her owners Devon farm.

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Countryfile presenter Matt goes behind the scenes of the stories featured on his other TV shows. 
 
If you love the thought of country walks with a pet dog but aren’t sure which breed will suit you best, expert trainer Gwen Bailey can help you make up your mind.