East Devon in the focus of BBC Countryfile this Sunday

Dr Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon Estates Head of Wildlife and Conservation, with Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison

Dr Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon Estates Head of Wildlife and Conservation, with BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison - Credit: Rekord Media

The work of Clinton Devon Estates is to be showcased this Sunday on BBC Countryfile, in the programme’s first ever episode focused entirely around a privately owned rural estate. 

Presenters Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison visited East Devon earlier this month to film a series of features around the estate. 

BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker interviews Alice Thomas, Young Stock

BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker interviews Alice Thomas, Young Stock Manager for Clinton Devon Estates - Credit: Rekord Media

Viewers will see Clinton Farms’ Young Stock Manager Alice Thomas talk to Matt Baker about working on a busy organic dairy farm. She will show how she cares for the young calves and discuss the team’s ongoing focus on the welfare and sustainability of the herd. 

The Lower Otter Restoration Project will feature, with the estate’s Head of Wildlife and Conservation Dr Sam Bridgewater taking Ellie Harrison on a tour of the site and explaining how this landscape-scale project will address the impact of climate change by returning the Lower Otter estuary and flood plain to a more natural condition. 

Ellie also met farmers Sam and Nell Walker, who arrived at the 268-acre Stantyway Farm on the Jurassic Coast near Otterton in 2017. Meanwhile, Matt heads to the 1,000 year old Otterton Mill, which is owned by the estate, to meet the Wright family who have run it since 2015. 

The programme also visits the Pebblebed Heaths National Nature Reserve where Site Manager Kim Strawbridge discusses the importance of the site and why it is so special to her. 

BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker with Alice Thomas, Young Stock Manag

BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker with Alice Thomas, Young Stock Manager at Clinton Devon Estates - Credit: Rekord Media

Estates director John Varley said: “This has been the most fantastic opportunity to show how Devon is leading the way in countryside management, adapting for climate change and supporting a vibrant rural economy. 

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“Clinton Devon Estates has been around for 700 years and, like many other British estates, intends to be around for many hundreds more. This episode is very timely as we are about to embark on the estate’s 2030 Strategy, which firmly focuses on the needs of society and the environment. ‘Doing today what is right for tomorrow’, is the estate’s motivation. 

“We are very proud of the hard work and commitment of all of our team and it is fantastic to see that showcased on such a large, national stage. It was fascinating to watch the crews in action and to see how they do things behind the scenes. The whole team is very much looking forward to watching the programme this Sunday.” 

Clinton Devon Estates manages 25,000 acres of land across three separate Estates in Devon. These are the Heanton Estate in North Devon and the Beer and Clinton Estates in East Devon, including a major part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths. 

The episode will broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 30th January at 5.10pm. It’ll also be available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.