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BBC Countryfile Magazine October 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
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a dose of freedom

Helen Skelton takes centre stage this month with her welcome call to us all to make our lives a bit wilder and more adventurous. And it’s not just to sate our wanderlust, tick off new experiences and fill Instagram feeds. Walking, cycling, canoeing, climbing and running in the countryside make us feel good – both in body and mind (and I say this through personal experience). I predict that fresh air, exercise and spending time in wild places among nature will be a key element of future healthcare in the UK – GPs will prescribe time away from tablets of all kinds and instead encourage us all to take three doses of countryside each week. But Helen says it far more convincingly than I can, so head to page 32. And…

1 min
this month’s contributors

Helen Skelton, p32 “If I am surrounded by buildings and man-made structures for too long, I get a bit anxious. I need to see a field, lake or mountain ahead of me.” Matt Cross, p66 “We have shot pests based on our own experience and personal judgement and not on the science of wildlife management.” Marie Kreft, p18 “Landlocked Worcestershire, where the Midlands meets the West Country, is run through with rivers whose plains yield apples, plums, pears and cherries.” Listen to our new season of countryside podcasts; visit iTunes or acast.com/ bbccountryfile magazine…

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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, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST 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
october in the country

must-see MELLOW BOWLAND A gentle, sunbathed autumn day in the uplands is a blessing for walkers – gin-clear views and a rich colour pallette await, with cooling breezes to make conditions perfect for a good stomp. Here, the ghost of summer sun lights up the valley of the Marshaw Wyre, a stream that rises below Hawthornthwaite Fell in the Forest of Bowland. This little-known spur of the Pennines thrusts west into northern Lancashire and is characterised by stark hills and grouse moors threaded by pretty valleys. THE SECRETIVE OWL Of the five species of owl considered resident to the UK, the long-eared owl may be the most distinctive but it is very seldom seen. Thinly scattered across the whole of the UK, it is entirely nocturnal and spends the day hidden in the thickest…

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make autumn leaf jars

You will need: Several fresh, fallen leaves (make sure they’re not too dry, as they will crumble or snap) • A medium-sized Mason jar (a cleaned jam or sauce jar will work well) • A medium sponge brush • Mod Podge Gloss or Matte (glue and sealer in one) 1 Make sure your leaves are clear of insects, then press under a heavy book overnight to flatten. Clean your jar and allow to dry completely. Using the brush, coat your jar in a layer of Mod Podge, leaving the base and screw-top clear. 2 Begin placing your leaves on the jar, overlapping them slightly; use a spot of Mod Podge to stick edges down. Get creative with how much of the jar you cover and how far apart you space your leaves.…

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the month to cook... roast wild rabbit

ROAST RABBIT WITH APPLE Serves 4 › 3–4 tbsp Calvados or whisky› 1–2 tbsp cider vinegar› Leaves from a few fresh thyme sprigs› 4–5 juniper berries, crushed› 1 rabbit› 1–2 aromatic dessert apples› Bacon fat, butter or olive oil for barding, optional› 150ml double cream› Salt and pepper Method 1 Mix the Calvados or whisky, cider vinegar, thyme and juniper berries in a deep glass or china bowl. Put the rabbit into this mixture and leave to marinate for 2–3 hours. 2 Preheat the oven to 150°C, 300°F, gas mark 2. 3 When ready to cook, peel and core the apples and cut them into small chunks. Take the rabbit out of the marinade and stuff the body cavity with apples. Grease the roasting tin and put the rabbit in (bard the meat if desired, although…