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    Mon 27 Oct 2014
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    8.00pm - 8.30pm
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    Week 44 2014 : Sat 25 Oct - Fri 31 Oct
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Countrywise returns for a brand-new series, taking viewers on an energetic and investigative look at the best of Britain’s coast and countryside.  
Farming and agricultural expert Paul Heiney, intrepid adventurer Ben Fogle and wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin travel the length and breadth of Britain to discover the countryside’s best stories and key issues. 
Episode one
In the first episode, Paul Heiney visits the stunning Gower peninsular to find out how Salt Marsh lamb gets its distinctive flavour. Meanwhile, Liz Bonnin is in Lancashire to find out what we can all do to help give nature a home, and Ben Fogle heads to Northern Ireland where he gets to grips with a horse that’s more suited to the Wild West. 
The Gower peninsula is famous for its coastline and was designated the UK’s first area of outstanding natural beauty in 1956. It’s a favourite with walkers and everyone who loves the outdoors. 
The area is known for a delicacy that’s popular with food lovers and Paul sets out to discover what is so special about ‘Salt Marsh Lamb’. On sampling the tasty dish, Paul says: “There is more to good eating than just good cooking. I can tell you – the results are sublime.”
Meanwhile, Liz Bonnin is in the Lancashire hills to find out how the RSPB are immersing kids in nature and how everyone can play a role in giving wildlife a place to live. 
The RSPB, along with 25 other nature organisations, surveyed 6,000 species, and found 60% of them are in decline. 
Their campaign, ‘Giving Nature A Home’, tries to engage everybody with nature, showing people there are things you can do to help wildlife no matter how much space you’ve got. 
Liz joins a group of children making butterfly feeders and creating small ponds to offer wildlife a place to bathe. She says: “This project is the perfect example of how we can each do our bit and give the precious species on our doorstep a home.”
Ben is off to the Mountains of Mourn in Northern Ireland to meet a genuine Irish cowboy and takes to horseback himself.
Once Ben has bonded with his American Quarter Horse, he heads out into the beautiful County Down countryside – through streams and over hills, taking in the stunning views. Looking out over the landscape, Ben says: “Wow, this is pretty magical.”