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BBC Countryfile Magazine July 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
be a litter hero

Last month we announced we were ditching plastic from all our magazine wrappings (see page 30 for more); this month we’re tackling litter. We’re launching the litter heroes campaign in partnership with Julia Bradbury and The Outdoor Guide, Keep Britain Tidy, RSPCA, The Camping and Caravanning Club, and more. Litter and pollution are a problem – it’s the issue we get most letters and emails about, and a footpath, meadow or beach desecrated by rubbish is depressing, dangerous for wildlife and bad for our own health. But if all of us started to pick up the rubbish we find in our own neighbourhoods, we could make a massive difference. As it’s our coastal special this month, the BBC Countryfile Magazine team headed to a beach near our Bristol office to do…

1 min
how to contact us

To subscribe or for subs enquiries: Domestic telephone: 03330 162112 Overseas telephone: 01604 973720 Email: bbccountryfile@buysubscriptions. 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, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 1EN 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
july in the country

must-see ROVING THE COVE Lulworth Cove on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast captured from an unusual angle – its enveloped, gently ruffled waters resembling a mussel shell. The image was taken from a drone launched from a boat moored just offshore; it shows how this developing technology is offering photographers opportunities to reveal extra dimensions to well-known beauty spots. COUNTRYFILE CALENDAR TIME! Synchronised black-headed gulls bring the coast to the city – in this case Bushy Park in west London. This image – ‘Twin Beaks’ taken by Sue Lindenberg – was one of the 12 winners of last year’s Countryfile Calendar Competition. The 2019 competition was launched on the programme on 16 June by this year’s judges: John Craven, Cerys Matthews and Simon King. This year’s theme is Beauty and the Beasts; find out more, including…

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events by the sea

7 JULY ABERAERON, WALES CARDIGAN BAY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Returning for its 22nd year, this celebration of seafood, featuring dishes from top local chefs, is one of the highlights of the country’s food calendar. aberaeronfishfest.com 7 JULY & 21 JULY NORTHERN IRELAND NATURALLY NORTH COAST AND GLENS MARKETS This award-winning roaming market brings its summer offering to Ballycastle seafront. Browse art and craft by artisans and sample local food and drink, all with a background of live music. naturally northcoastandglens.co.uk 17-20 JULY STORNOWAY, OUTER HEBRIDES HEBCELT FESTIVAL Set on the Hebridean island of Lewis, the annual HebCelt festival is a celebration of Gaelic language and culture, and includes a vibrant array of traditional and global music, plus workshops. hebceltfest.com 13 JULY - 11 AUGUST CORNWALL THE COAST IS CLEAR - SUMMER EXHIBITION Head to Cornwall’s Rame Peninsula where two local artists – painter Siobhan Purdy and…

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eight to spot: coastal flowers

THRIFT Also known as sea pink, thrift is usually found on cliffs but also on saltmarshes and sandy locations. The flowers form globular heads 15–25mm across. Flowers from April to July. SPRING SQUILL Part of the asparagus family, and mainly found on the western and northern coasts of Britain. Blooms from March to August, with blue-violet flowers up to 15mm across. SEA CAMPION A widespread seaside plant with a distinctive veiny tube known as a calyx beneath the flower. It blooms between June and August, with white flowers 20–25mm across. SEA BEET The ancestor of beetroot and many other domesticated plants, sea beet is found in a variety of coastal habitats. The flowers are green and on spikes, and bloom from July to September. SEA HOLLY Despite the name, it’s not related to the holly we associate with Christmas.…

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s is for swimming

It’s hard to beat a refreshing swim outdoors on a warm summer’s day. Whether you prefer swimming in a river, lake, lido or the sea, each holds a different experience and a closer connection to nature. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a glimmering shoal of freshwater fish or spot a kingfisher beside a riverbank. Wild swimming has been found to boost heart health and circulation and have a positive impact on mental health. After that initial shock as you edge yourself into the chilly water, endorphin levels rise, which could be why many swimmers report feeling calmer and happier post-swim. Come on in, the water’s lovely!…