In Scotland poisoning raptors is a criminal offence punishable with a fine and a jail sentence, yet the slaughter continues. Arguments over birds of prey have raged for decades, but are now coming to a head with the inclusion of vicarious liability for landowners in the Wildlife & Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill, recently introduced by the Scottish Parliament. This means that landowners will be held legally responsible for birds poisoned on their land. Dougie Vipond investigates how this new clause will affect land management in Scotland.
The Scottish countryside is full of castles, manors and large historic buildings. but keeping them standing and maintained can be a huge financial burden. Sarah Mack visits Fasque House in Aberdeenshire to meet one couple with grand plans for one very grand house.
The waters around Orkney and the Pentland Firth are known for their fearsome currents and powerful tidal flows. If the power of the sea could be captured, the area has massive potential to generate renewable energy. But what impact could development have on Orkney’s fishing industry? Euan McIlwraith investigates.
Nick Nairn's Spring Survival
Last autumn Nick Nairn received a cooking lesson from outdoors survival specialist Patrick McGlinchey; this spring Patrick takes Nick out for some lessons in woodland foraging. Over the next four weeks Nick will enjoy some unusual eating experiences, and he starts this week by hunting for the ingredients for a spring salad.
North East Harbours
In the first of a new series Euan McIlwraith visits four very different harbours along the north east coastline. He begins his tour in Fraserburgh where he visits the port’s busy fish market.
- Dougie Vipond
- Lee McKenzie
- Series Producer
- Simon Cousins
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