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Landward returns for a new series on BBC Scotland

By David Porter

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Landward, the BBC Scotland magazine show which celebrates everything to do with the Scottish outdoors from farming to environmental stories including heritage and social history, is back on our screens.

Landward returns for a new series
Landward returns for a new series

The series also shows how Scottish food is produced and celebrates the glory of the beautiful countryside with presenters Dougie Vipond, Arlene Stuart, Euan McIlwraith and Anne Lundon.

The first programme of the Spring run is coming from Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve in the Firth of Tay – Dougie will find out about the huge upsurge in visitors from the local area through the last lockdown and how reserve rangers coped with the increased footfall.

As pupils return to the classroom after months of homeschooling, Anne talks two the sister and brother who attended the remotest school in the UK that featured on the BBC Nationwide programme in 1974.

With an update on how farmers and food producers are faring four months on from Brexit, Dougie will talk to Martin Kennedy the newly elected president of the National Farmers Union of Scotland. And there will also be a report looking at the snow sports centres that had the best snow in 10 years but no customers due to Covid.

Finally this episode will feature footage of Barney a humpback whale whose arrival in the Firth of Forth has been delighting an army of amateur scientists and spectators.

Says Dougie Vipond: “I'm delighted to be back to showcase Scotland’s natural treasures.”

The first episode airs on Thursday, April 15 on BBC Scotland at 8.30pm. Friday 16 at 7.35pm on BBC One Scotland and on BBC 2 on Sunday at 8.30am.

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