Documentary highlights tough crofting life in South Uist

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A stunning documentary shining a light on the traditional way of life for crofters in South Uist is to be aired on BBC ALBA over the coming weeks.

The three-part series, which started last night, November 28, looks at the relationship between the methods of crofting used in the area, and the high levels of rare species of various animals – many of which are extinct elsewhere in the UK.

‘San Fhuil (It’s in the Blood) was made over a number of years by producer Beatrix A Wood in the township where her family croft, making the piece very personal and filled with emotion.

The series explores how the greatest challenge today is not from the longest test rocket missile firing range in Europe next door but from the growing number of greylag geese who feast on the island’s most valued commodity – corn.

‘San Fhuil isn’t just visually stunning – the original music score is composed by Uist musician Pàdruig Morrison who recently graduated from Edinburgh University.

‘San Fhuil (It’s in the Blood) airs on BBC Alba at 9pm on December 5 and 12.