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BBC Countryfile Magazine February 2020

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
islands of adventure

“On a shelf in my bathroom is a glass filled with tiny coloured shells – flat periwinkles. In the 23 years since I picked them from an Isles of Scilly beach, they’ve lost none of their pastel beauty and they remind me of a special week on the islands. With a great friend, I cycled around the almost car-free lanes of St Mary’s; took boats to my first-ever desert islands full of wildlife and enjoyed a totally tropical taste of Tresco. I loved how the delicious peace of Bryher and St Martin’s contrasted with the often tragic tales of seafaring. In these days of overdue awareness of the cost to the planet of flying, the Scillies are our answer to the Seychelles. As winter refuses to release its grip this month,…

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this month’s contributors

James Fair, p44 “I can’t wait for my next wildlife holiday – not for the opportunity to tick a new species or explore new horizons, but to wallow in expectation and hope.” Fiona Russell, p50 “Less than a year after giving birth, 35-year-old trail-runner Jasmin Paris found herself entering one of Britain’s most gruelling cross-country races.” John Craven, p56 “The more I found out about David Douglas, the more in awe I became of his achievements and, along the way, I also learned of his gruesome death.” Photo: Oliver Edwards, Justin Foulkes…

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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 300 8815 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 Follow us on Instagram: @Countryfilemagazine 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
february in the country

must-see SEA OF STARLINGS As the winter sun sets with a glower over Cardigan Bay, vast flocks of starlings swirl and pirouette over the seaside town of Aberystwyth. Having dispersed widely into the surrounding countryside to feed during the day, the birds return to the town and gather in their thousands to perform this dazzling sky dance. As night falls, they roost noisily on the cast-iron legs of the Victorian-era pier. FIRE OVER STONE Sometimes the results of mining and quarrying can be suprisingly beautiful – especially with a sky aflame at sunset. This inland cliff in the Peak District is the result of plundering Eldon Hill for limestone and fluorite, a crystalline mineral used in smelting and other industrial processes. Quarrying only ceased here at the end of the 20th century and nature…

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z is for zen

When life seems chaotic, overwhelming and overstimulating, the ancient concept of Zen may help you find a sense of peace, calming awareness and oneness with the world. A branch of Buddhism with its roots in 7th-century China, Zen prompts us to seek more active awareness – and ultimately enlightenment – by using regular, disciplined meditation to cultivate a clearer mind and sharper perception. Gardens, parks or local woodlands make the ideal meditation spaces. Take a few minutes every day to go outside, empty your mind and feel completely present in your breath and body, centred by the sounds of birdsong, the sight of dappled sunlight or the smell of grass after rain. Simply observe your thoughts and allow them to leave your mind as quickly as they arrived.…

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make dandelion coffee

You will need: 20+ dandelion roots • Sharp knife • Pestle and mortar • Cafetiere or coffee filter paper 1 Gather your roots; you will need to dig deep to extract the whole root. Make sure you don’t include dock roots. 2 Wash the roots clean of mud and grit and cut away the leaves. You can use any young, fresh leaves in salads. 3 Roast your roots for 30 minutes at 200°C until they are dark brown and dried out but not burnt. Let them cool. 4 Break the roots up with your fingers then grind them to powder with a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder. 5 Use in a cafetiere or with filter paper as you would normal coffee. Drink black or add a drop of milk to taste.…