Dougie Vipond presents Scotland's countryside magazine. This week he is on the west coast to find out more about scallop ranching, which could rival the success of the salmon farming industry.
Nick Nairn joins Dougie in Edinburgh to feed scallops to the residents of the capital, and Euan meets Scotland's top Clydesdale stallions.
Dougie visits Aultbea just South of Ullapool to meet the couple who are in the process of setting up Scotland’s first scallop ranch. This unique farming method will see two million young scallops put in the water this year. In Japan ranching produces four hundred thousand tonnes of scallops a year. It is hoped the industry could eventually become as successful as Salmon Farming.
Euan is at the National Stallion Show at Stirling farmers Mart where Clydesdale Breeder, Bob Hamilton from Lanark is hoping to win the prestigious Cawdor Cup for the fourth time.
Sarah is on a farm near Jedburgh where a unique business arrangement is giving a young, aspiring farmers a foothold in the industry. Established Farmer Stephen Withers has entered a Share Farming agreement with Neil Sandilands. They share the profits of the farm’s sheep flock. Stephen provides the assets – the sheep, fences and feeders – while Neil provides all the labour.
The Landward Street Food Van
Dougie and Nick are back in Edinburgh with their street food van to prepare one of Nick’s favourite scallop dishes – Scallop ceviche. The dish involves no cooking as the raw scallop is cured in Lime juice. Will the Edinburgh public be prepared to try Nick’s raw scallops?
Euan investigates the controversial culling of Scotland’s mountain hares. The only native species of hare to Scotland, the Mountain Hare is perceived to spread ticks and their associated diseases to grouse. There are fears that if the cull continues Mountain Hares could be wiped out in some areas of Scotland.
Contacting the Landward team
|Series Producer||Simon Cousins|