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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Clare Balding are in Devon exploring the unspoilt coastline of South Hams. Matt tries out canoeing and snorkelling in the beautiful Salcombe estuary. Clare goes in search of the Greater Horseshoe bat, before meeting up with Matt for a crab cracking competition.

Meanwhile, John Craven investigates the vast amounts of perfectly good food that we all throw away every week. And Adam is hoping for a good price when he takes his sheep to market.

  • A unique perspective

    A unique perspective

    IMAGE: Matt with guide Dave Halsall

    Matt sets off on a journey down the Salcombe/Kingsbridge Estuary, one of only two marine Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the UK. Travelling slowly by canoe allows him to see places inaccessible on land and some more unusual sights including fascinating shipwrecks. He then dons his wetsuit to learn about rare seagrass beds under the water.

  • John Craven Investigates: Food Waste

    John Craven Investigates: Food Waste

    IMAGE: Emma Marsh from 'Love Food, Hate Waste' explains the scale of the food waste problem to John

    Globally, we waste a third of all of our food; and in the UK, this amounts to 16 million tonnes of food waste every year - with 40% going into landfill.

    John Craven investigates where our food waste comes from, where we intend to send it in the future and, most importantly, how we can reduce our food waste to help stave off a global food crisis.

    For more info on how you can reduce your household food waste
  • How Sand Eels have gone from bait to plate

    How Sand Eels have gone from bait to plate

    IMAGE: James with his bucket of Sand Eels

    James is further up the South Devon coast at Teignmouth where he learns how to catch sand eels before meeting a local chef who’s trying to persuade us that sand eels are not just for fish bait but a delicious delicacy.

    Learn more about sand eels
  • Adam’s Farm

    Adam’s Farm

    Adam visits his first sheep sale of the year at Honeybourne in Gloucestershire to sell some of his Texel and Charollais ewes. Honeybourne sheep sale is a traditional event that started back in the 1800s and is considered significant as it sets a price benchmark for sales that follow. The tradition at this event is to pull the auctioneers along on a horse and cart, moving between the different lots of sheep

    Back at the farm, Adam is busy harvesting the oil seed rape. As always, the combine harvester is working flat out to get the crop into storage while the weather’s good.

  • Crab cracking

    Crab cracking

    IMAGE: Clare competing in a crab-cracking contest

    Clare joins local fishermen on their daily trip to catch the region’s famous brown crab. Back on shore, she heads over to the first ever South Devon Crab festival, to learn the secrets of crab-cracking. She and Matt then take on the locals in a competitive festival challenge.

  • Things To Do

    Things To Do

    To help you follow in Countryfile’s footsteps and experience new adventures in the Great Outdoors, the BBC has teamed up with a range of partners to offer activities around the UK.

    Find activities happening near you
  • In search of one of Britain’s rarest bats

    In search of one of Britain’s rarest bats

    IMAGE: Clare with Berry Head ranger Chris Smallbones

    With 33,000 miles of hedgerow, Devon has more remaining than any other county in the UK. These ancient hedges provide ideal larders for the endangered Greater Horseshoe bat, which use them as ‘bat motorways’ on their way to feed. Clare tracks down these rare mammals in a disused quarry at Berry Head – and faces a childhood fear!

  • Countryfile food and farming poll question 4: Food waste

    Countryfile has commissioned a national poll to find out more what you think about some of the biggest issues affecting the future of food and farming in Britain. For this week’s programme we asked the following question about food waste…

    Thinking about food that has gone off or reached its best before date, rather than food scraps, how much would you estimate that your household throws away or recycles each month?

    None: 15%

    Less than £10 worth of food each month: 53%

    Between £10 and £20 worth of food each month: 18%

    More than £20 worth of food each month: 9%

    Don't know: 4%

    The poll was carried out by ComRes on behalf of the BBC. They contacted 1004 people across Great Britain by telephone over a three day period in July. If you would like to know more about food waste, tune in to Farming Today, on BBC Radio 4 every day from Monday 22nd August, at 5:45 am.



John Craven
John Craven
Matt Baker
Matt Baker
Clare Balding
Clare Balding
Adam Henson
Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan


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