Countryfile's winter special is a celebration of Britain's beautiful countryside in this, the harshest of seasons. This winter has been a particularly tough one for wildlife when their only options are to sleep, feed or flee. Ellie Harrison is in the Cairngorms where winter is often felt most keenly. As well as exploring the mountain tops she also takes a canoe safari around a Loch, looking for the hardy wildlife which has to survive whatever the weather. Julia Bradbury joins weatherman John Hammond in the Chilterns where, with the help of a giant map and some trusty props, they learn why the UK gets the unique winters it does. It's been especially apparent this year that the coast is often hardest hit by winter storms but whilst it might wreak havoc for us, it brings a special kind of treasure for beachcombers. Adam Henson is on the north Cornwall coast to find out more. Matt Baker is in Suffolk to see how farmers keep food on our tables whatever the winter weather. He's with carrot producers as they bring in their harvest, and with the help of the London Vegetable Orchestra, he plays a mean tune on a carrot. Britain's foremost landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy visits his favourite spot in Dumfries and Galloway to create a new work of art especially for the programme and explains why the countryside in winter has so much to offer him as an artist.
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