Bardsey Island

Coast & Country on Bardsey Island

Andrew concludes his tour of Welsh Islands with a visit to Bardsey Island, known for its spiritual past and ancient history.

Coast & Country: Feeding time at the zoo

This week Andrew Price visits Snowdonia, Ruth Wignall puts Welsh days out to the test and Nicola Hendy goes in search of spring wildlife.

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Coast & Country visits Cardigan and Pembrokeshire

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Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

This week on Coast and Country, Andrew is in Cardigan getting to grips with an ancient fishing technique.

Known as Seine net fishing, it was introduced to the area by monks early in the 12th century. Aaron Walters, a local fisherman, is keeping the tradition going and shows Andrew how it's done.

Andrew then meets Jade Mellor, a local forager, to collect wild food along the coastline and hedgerows, before cooking for Aaron and his fellow fishermen on the beautiful beach of Poppit Sands.

Ruth is helping family company Blaenavon Cheddar to prepare their Pwll Mawr cheese. She will also be visiting one of Wales's iconic manor houses where another of their cheeses is left to mature.

And this week we also have a guest presenter - Rob Shelley gets a little hot under the collar in North Wales as he learns about the steam history surrounding Porthmadog.

Don’t miss the final show of our summer series this Friday, August 29th, at 8.00pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

Cameraman filming steam train near Porthmadog
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Ffestiniog Railway
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Catch up: Coast & Country, Series 2, episode 18

In this episode:

Andrew concludes his tour of Welsh Islands with a visit to Bardsey Island, known for its spiritual past and ancient history. Carl’s final canal adventure sees him pay a visit to Llangollen Canal and Nicky is in Pembrokeshire at the Seafair Haven Festival in Milford Haven and takes to the sea onboard the Earl of Pembroke tall ship.

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Catch up: Coast & Country, Series 2, episode 17

In this episode of Coast & Country Andrew Price visits Flat Holm island off the Cardiff coast, Carl Edwards is on the Montgomery canal with his dog Teggy and Ruth Wignall is at the Welsh National Sheep Dog Trials near Oswestry. See pictures from the filming days below.

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Ruth at the final day of the Welsh National Sheep Dog Trials near Oswestry. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

On Coast & Country this week (video above), Ruth brings us all the action from the final day of the Welsh National Sheep Dog Trials near Oswestry.

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Andrew is pictured with John Treby of the Flat Holm Society. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Andrew continues his island adventures with a visit to Flat Holm Island.

An Island bursting with history, Andrew discovers how it defended itself against a potential French invasion and finds out about the story behind it's cholera & isolation hospital.

He also takes a tour around the newly renovated Fog Horn cottage.

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Flat Holm Island Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

And Carl, joined by his dog Teggy, travels along the Montgomery Canal discovering how it came to exist and he's given the unique honour of opening a brand new section of the canal.

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Carl is joined by his schnauzer Teggy as he continues his tour of Welsh Canals. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Don't miss Coast & Country on Friday at 8pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

Catch up: Coast & Country, Series 2, episode 16

In this episode:

Carl Edwards begins his tour of the canals of Wales, starting on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.Carl learns how to drive a narrowboat on the stretch between Pencelli and Llangynidr.

Andrew continues his visit to the fascinating Island of Skokholm. He hears how the island's buildings were saved by a group of determined volunteers from the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer society.

Wardens and sea bird experts, Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle, take Andrew on a tour of the island's wildlife.

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Coast & Country begins tour of Welsh canals

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Carl learns how to navigate the narrowboat through a tunnel along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

This week Carl Edwards begins his tour of the canals of Wales, starting on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Carl learns how to drive a narrowboat on the stretch between Pencelli and Llangynidr. He gets hands on, navigating through the locks and winding up drawbridges while learning about the canals history with Fourteen Locks Canal Centre guide Phil Hughes.

He also meets two people who make use of the canal for creative purposes. Woodturner Harry Chapman uses wood from near the canal to make a variety of bowls and plates and Carl helps him to make a bowl.

Carl also meets artist Alister Clifford who uses the picturesque backdrops of the canal as inspiration for his paintings.

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Jonathan Griffiths of Cambrian Cruisers (left) teaches Carl how to navigate the narrowboat Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Andrew continues his visit to the fascinating Island of Skokholm.

He hears how the island's buildings were saved by a group of determined volunteers from the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer society.

This included the renovation of the cottage and farm buildings,which now provides accommodation for visiting groups such as artists and photographers.

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Skokholm Lighthouse Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Wardens and sea bird experts, Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle, take Andrew on a tour of the island's wildlife.

They go in search of the elusive Manx Shearwater and through the use of a night vision camera they film the 'Manxies' at night as they leave their burrows.

Andrew also helps count the Razorbills and Guillemots who nest on the islands cliffs.

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Andrew helps with the bird count during his visit to Skokholm Island Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Don’t miss Coast & Country this Friday at 8pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

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If you would like to visit Skokholm or nearby Skomer Island you can visit The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales website for more information: www.welshwildlife.org.

Catch up: Coast & Country visit Skokholm Island. Series 2, episode 15

In this episode:

Andrew visits Skokholm Island, where he learns about the wildlife and history of this fascinating island. Hannah Thomas is in Swansea Bay investigating proposals to build a tidal lagoon. The £800 million project could provide electricity for thousands of homes, but is it right for the local environment? And Ruth Wignall meets a farmer concerned about the price he gets for his cattle, versus how much we're paying for our beef.

Catch up: Coast & Country at the Royal Welsh Show 2014. Series 2 episode 13

In this episode: Hannah brings us all the action from the Hill Radnor sheep competition and Ruth is looking at the best of the Welsh food produce at the show and Andrew visits the forestry section.

The Llyndy Isaf scholarship is a partnership between National Trust Eryri and Wales YFC, which awards a YFC member the unique opportunity to become a farm manager for the year.

Carl was at the winner’s announcement and chats to this year’s recipient. Finally, Andrew and Nicky go head to head in an epic Royal Welsh challenge.

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