Countryfile Winter Special

Pull on your thermals, grab your gloves and join us for a walk on the wild side of winter. Matt visits Tom and Kay Hutchinson, currently in the grip of winter on their hill farm in Teesdale. 

 

 

 
 
 

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As Matt helps out with the day-to-day tasks, he hears about Tom’s passion for farming and his never-ending ambition to breed the perfect sheep. They are a fascinating family whose lives caught the eye of a farmer’s daughter turned film director – making the Hutchinsons unlikely film stars in her documentary Addicted to Sheep.

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Photo credit: BBC Copyright

 

Ellie is in Gloucestershire getting a bird’s-eye view of one of wildlife’s greatest wonders – winter migration. At Slimbridge Wetlands Centre she prepares dinner for more than 1,000 over-wintering birds! She also gets cheek to beak with some greylag geese in flight.

John is going for a wild woodland walk in Cumbria – with two hybrid wolves. John learns how they are perfectly adapted for winter with webbed feet and hollow fur fibres – like a polar bear. Far from the fairy-tale villains chasing anyone in a red hood, these are highly intelligent and social animals worthy of our respect.

Sean tries his hand at winter cod fishing off the wild North Yorkshire coast – though its him that takes a battering more than the cod.

And Adam’s on North Ronaldsay in Orkney, where their rare seaweed-eating sheep are under threat. Years ago he visited with his dad to help save the North Ronaldsay breed from extinction – but wild winter storms mean they have suffered further setbacks.

 
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