Coast and Country

Coast and Country

Countryside magazine featuring people, walks and wildlife from rural Britain. Clare Balding’s ‘Ramblings’ and ‘Open Country’ with Matt Baker and Helen Mark join forces to bring you a weekly tour of the best of the British countryside. In ‘Ramblings’ Clare joins her guests on a country walk that’s been significant in their lives. ‘Open Country’ travels to a different corner of the British Isles every week, seeking out the wildlife, the landscapes and the controversies that excite the passions of local people. Each twenty-five minute programme is broadcast on Saturday at 6.07am and repeated on Thursday at 3pm. New episodes are added every Saturday morning.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • 15 Jan 15: Purbeck Clay Mines

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark explores the fascinating industry that has shaped this Dorset landscape.

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  • 08 Jan 15: Wiltshire Wellbeing

    Thu, 8 Jan 15

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark meets the people who are embracing the great outdoors and in doing so are experiencing a happier way of life

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  • Open Country - Suffolk coast: 01 Jan 2015

    Thu, 1 Jan 15

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark explores the landscape of the Suffolk coast, and finds out what effect the sea has on the people who live near it. She hears about the lost Medieval port of Dunwich, visits the RSPB reserve at Minsmere, and meets an artist whose relationship with the coast inspires him both personally and professionally.

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  • Open Country - Dart Estuary: 27 Dec 2014

    Sat, 27 Dec 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark takes a boat down the Dart Estuary from Dittisham to Dartmouth to explore its industries, maritime history and marine habitats.

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  • Open Country - Christmas Trees at Castle Howard: 18 Dec 2014

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Caz Graham visits Castle Howard where Christmas Tree sales are in full swing and customers are flocking to get their hands on their festive decorations.

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  • Open Country - Nature Reserves in Cumbria: 11 Dec 2014

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Caz Graham visits two Nature Reserves in Cumbria to find out what happens on wildlife reserves in winter and meets the people working away to maintain these conservation areas.

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  • Open Country - Belfast Hills: 04 Dec 2014

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark is in the Belfast Hills to hear from the people who live and work in the landscape.

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  • Open Country - Brownsea Island, Dorset: 27 Nov 2014

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour is one of Britain's most popular nature reserves. Felicity Evans finds out about it's history, mystery and wildlife

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  • Open Country - Steart Peninsula, Somerset: 20 Nov 2014

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Felicty Evans visits Steart Marshes in Somerset just as the sea wall is breached and the landscape is transformed forever.

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  • Open Country - Lee Valley: 13 Nov 2014

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Helen Mark visits the Lee Valley to explore how the natural world lives alongside an industrial past creating an intriguing hybrid landscape

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