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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 23 January 2010

Mark Stephen 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 on Out of Doors

    Police forces and landowners claim that poaching has increased in some areas by a third in the last year. The team investigate one theory that celebrity chefs have made an impact on the figures, by encouraging people to be more adventurous in their cooking and to eat wild and fresh foods.

    Ahead of Burns Night on Monday, Mark visits the Burns Heritage Park in Alloway and gets an insight into the agricultural background of our National Bard. We also explore the relationship between Burns' poetry and the landscape, and welcome listeners' suggestions on what their favourite Burns poems are. Mark will be reading of one of his favourite Burns poems, which is also available on the BBC's Burns website

    As part of the BBC's A History of the World project, Euan hears about James Small's plough which in the mid 1700's changed the shape of agriculture through its improved design.

    We resume our contribution to BBC Radio Scotland's A New Year, A New You season, Euan continues his training regime to complete the West Highland Way by climbing Tom Beag near Tomintoul.

    Denise Glass remains focused in her efforts to use all her muscle groups by taking a dip in the River Tay with Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association.

    And finally, Helen aims to stave off the cabin fever and takes a bracing walk along the coast at the Forvie Nature Reserve in the North East.



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