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BBC Countryfile Magazine March 2019

Countryfile Magazine inspires you to explore forgotten corners of the great British countryside and provides knowledge of the people and wildlife that inhabit it. We want to tempt you into trying new things, seek out new places and make the most of Britain’s beautiful landscapes.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
matters of the heart

“Many people have an almost mythic idea of rural England – and such visions are often deployed in debates about national identity. But what is typical English countryside? We decided to investigate the geographic heart of the country – Warwickshire – to explore its villages, castles and river valleys, steeped in Shakespearean lore and historical tales, see page 18. In reality, the modern county is full of surprises and reveals that England’s – and Britain’s – countryside is so much more varied in landscape, character and atmosphere than the tired stereotypes suggest. The trick is to get out there and see it for yourself. I am increasingly angry about litter. Recently, I took a walk in Hampshire to discover the real Watership Down. It was a wildlife-filled adventure and you can hear…

1 min
how to contact us

To subscribe or for subs enquiries: Domestic telephone: 03330 162112 Overseas telephone: 01604 973720 Email: bbccountryfile@buysubscriptions.com Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, PO BOX 3320, 3 Queensbridge, The Lakes, Northampton, NN4 7BF To talk to the editorial team: Telephone: 0117 300 8580 Email: editor@countryfile.com Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN Advertising enquiries: 0117 314 8384 App support: http://apps.immediate.co.uk/support Syndication and licensing enquiries (UK and international): richard.bentley@immediate.co.uk +44 (0)207 150 5168 Follow us on Twitter: @countryfilemag Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/countryfilemagazine Find us online for lots of bonus content: www.countryfile.com Download the official BBC Countryfile Magazine app from the Apple, Google Play or Amazon App Store.…

2 min
march in the country

HARUM-SCARUM Yes, it’s March and it’s a picture of brown hares, but we’re not apologising as this is one of the most thrilling photos of these animals we’ve ever seen. Taken by renowned wildlife photographer David Tipling in open farmland near Holt in Norkfolk, this image shows boxing hares, jacks (males), showing off their strength and agility to wow a jill (female). Though hares are traditionally associated with March, you can see them boxing in most spring and early summer months. But this photo was taken in March, so you really can say spring is in the hare! ROAM THE WELSH MARCHES Jumbled quartzite gleams silver in the sunset over Stiperstones, one of the Shropshire Hills. This area, and several other English counties that border Wales, are sometimes known as the Welsh Marches…

1 min
spring flowers

As the countryside wakes from the deep freeze of winter, early spring flowers, such as ransoms, lesser celandines, daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells begin to unfurl – fitting colour for a Mother’s Day walk. Five floral days out 1 Heddon Valley, Devon Look out for bright-yellow lesser celandines and pastel primroses, Devon’s county flower. 2 Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire In March, the woods and grasslands of this Cambridgeshire estate flush yellow and white with blankets of daffodils and late-flowering snowdrops. 3 Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire As you walk among the industrial remains in this secret Welsh garden look out for bluebells, crocuses and daffodils 4 Wallington, Northumberland In the past four years, 400,000 snowdrops have been planted at Wallington. Look for crocuses, too. 5 Castle Kennedy Gardens, Dumfries and Galloway Among the earliest flowers to emerge are magnolias, along…

1 min
make a twig bowl

You will need: • at least 30 twigs of varying lengths (between 8cm and 15cm long with a thickness of around 3–10mm) • a medium-sized glass bowl • newspaper • strong glue • scissors • wood varnish (optional) 1 Collect about 30 twigs while out walking; if you wish to create a larger bowl then simply pick up more. Leave the twigs on a layer of tissue or old towel for a couple of days to dry and allow insects to crawl away. 2 To give yourself an idea of how many twigs you’ll need, arrange them into a rough mesh-circle, overlapping one another. These will be glued together, starting from the centre before curving around the bowl. 3 Place your glass bowl upside down on a board or sheet of newspaper. Start gluing…

1 min
5 march pancake day

You will need: • 100g plain flour • pinch of salt • 2 eggs • 300ml semi-skimmed milk • 1 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for frying Method 1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack 2 eggs into the middle. 2. Pour in about 50ml of semi-skimmed milk and 1 tbsp sunflower oil then start whisking from the centre, drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk until you have a batter that is the consistency of thick single cream. 3. Heat a frying pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled…