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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 29 August 2009

Helen Needham and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

  • This week

    Shoppers in Scotland are turning their backs on organic produce in favour of cheaper products. But sales of organic produce through farmers markets have increased by almost a fifth in the last year. Is there a viable future in organic farming? We hear from one farmer who sells directly to consumers.

    There were 28 confirmed cases of bird of prey poisonings in Scotland in the last year. The finger is often pointed at sporting estates, which are under pressure to maintain large populations of the likes of grouse and pheasants for shooting purposes, which the birds of prey also eat. Yet, a licensing scheme which could help alleviate the problem by allowing the protection of livestock and wild birds from certain raptors is not being taken up by gamekeepers. We find out why.

    Mark goes to Loch Tay to join in a unique archaeology project involving creating a replica Bronze Age logboat using techniques from 3,000 years ago.

    Helen takes a cruise down one of Scotland's most unspoilt yet historical lochs, Loch Shiel.

    Euan joins the volunteer Able2Sail crew, whose specially adapted yacht allows them to teach people with physical and learning disabilities how to sail.

    Plus, remember our star jelly mystery which captured the curiosity of the nation and beyond? There is new scientific evidence to suggest that this mysterious matter may derive from something other than frogs. We need your help! If you encounter any of it, let us know. Email outofdoors@bbc.co.uk

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