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BBC Countryfile Magazine April 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
highland spring…

“I was once lucky enough to be camping by Loch Lomond in spring. The loch was in a kind mood, sunlight and wood warbler song cascaded through the waterside oakwoods and several days went by in a rather blissful haze (I tend to forget the day of walking in rain along the West Highland Way AND a terrible pub meal). So when I read Julie Brominicks’ lyrical and lovely piece about exploring the mountains, rivers and lochs of this hearty chunk of central Highlands the magic washed over me again. See if you can resist the call of the wild on page 18. If Loch Lomond is too far to go, we’ve a roundup of other peaceful escapes on page 56, and wildlife havens close to cities on page 81. Talking…

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
april in the country

must-see SPRING BLUEBELLS We normally expect to see bluebells creating pools of violet radiance within woodlands, but there are plenty of examples across Britain of the flowers appearing in more open landscapes, such as this gorgeously fresh scene on Dartmoor. This usually signifies that the area was once wooded. By early May, the swift-growing, guardsman-straight shoots of bracken are already pushing through the flowers and within a month will have completely conquered the land. PILGRIMAGE TO HOY ISLAND Every year since 1976, there has been a 100-mile pilgrimage to Holy Island at Easter, known as the Northern Cross Pilgrimage. The pilgrims, beginning at various points in Northumberland and the Borders and resting at churches and village halls along the way, take turns to carry wooden crosses. The journey culminates on Good Friday with a…

1 min
wild easter

1 The Great British Wildflower Hunt, nationwide Wildflowers play a vital role in almost all habitats, so why not celebrate stitchworts, violets, bluebells and more with Plantlife’s annual hunt? You don’t need to be an expert, simply get outside and record your sightings. It’s great fun and your work will provide important data for conservation. plantlife.org.uk/wildflowerhunt 2 Scottish nature writing festival, Grantown-on-Spey, Highland, 15–19 April Our sister magazine BBC Wildlife has got together with the Grant Arms Hotel in the Highlands to present a week of natural-history talks, plus book signings and guided nature walks. The Grant Arms Wildlife Book Festival will feature daily talks from prominent authors in the field of natural history, including Miranda Krestovnikoff (right). BBC Wildlife is offering a special five-night festival holiday for £495pp, which includes dinner, bed…

1 min
a to z of mindfulness p is for painting

Remember splashing paint on paper with wild abandon when you were a child? Get back to those unbridled moments of focused creativity, drop your grown-up inner critic and rediscover the sheer joy of playing with colours. Pack paper, pencils, brushes and paints and a jar of water into your backpack next time you go on a countryside walk. When you find an inspiring spot, let your curiosity guide you to a view you’d like to portray. No need to be literal; it can be as abstract as you like. Relax and drink in the details: observe how the light creates shadows and highlights, the colours vibrant or muted, flowers near and far, shapes of trees, textures of stone walls, hills or buildings. Focus on the scene with a concentrated, calm…

1 min
100 of the years forestry commission

The Forestry Commission, founded in 1919 to replenish the nation’s timber reserves following the First World War, is England’s largest public landowner, managing over 1,500 forests and woodlands. To celebrate the centenary year, Dalby Forest in the North York Moors National Park has unveiled Nissen Hut (pictured) by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread, commissioned to “interpret and celebrate the history of the site”. Nissen huts, invented by Major Peter Nissen in 1916, were used in wartime as workshops, field hospitals, houses and churches. After the war, the Forestry Commission adopted many of these military buildings to house labourers.…