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BBC Countryfile Magazine March 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
traveller’s joy

“For most country lovers lucky enough to have full mobility, a walk offers the perfect means to indulge a gentle wanderlust while exploring a landscape. Walks fulfil American poet-philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson’s claim that: “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” What is a walk but a joyful journey (joyful unless you’re five miles from the pub at dusk in one of last January’s deluges)? The destination is often irrelevant. This issue we celebrate the thrill of travel – while under your own steam or that of a Victorian locomotive (see page 34). The latter is surely the finest way to explore the land while snugly cocooned in a comfortable, archaic carriage. I’ve…

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, 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
march in the country

must-see MARVEL ARCH Wild Atlantic waves batter Stac a’ Phris Arch on the rugged west coast of the Isle of Lewis. Here, the landscape of this Outer Hebridean island is unforgiving, with settlements few and far between. For the perfect image, photographers must walk a couple of miles to reach this spot, a dizzying 150m above the roaring sea. KUNG FU COOTS It may be the far edge of winter but waterbirds are getting restless. While many ducks and geese depart for northern climes to breed, resident coots are becoming querulous, scrapping noisily among themselves as the urge to breed rises. With wings flapping madly, rival males dash at each other brandishing their lobed feet as rather clumsy weapons. The stronger and more determined may win himself a mate. BETTING ON HEDGERS Expert hedgelayers compete to…

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first day of spring

By definition, the spring equinox – also known as the vernal equinox or March equinox – is the time at which the sun sits directly above the equator in spring. It is thus a specific time rather than a date, when day and night are of equal length; in fact, equinox literally means ‘equal night’. The spring equinox marks a tipping point, when the number of hours of daylight edge beyond those of the night. In the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox marks the first day of spring. For centuries it has been seen as a time of rebirth, a moment for discarding negative energies and celebrating new beginnings and fertility. Stone circles – such as Avebury (pictured) and Stonehenge in Wiltshire and Castlerigg in Cumbria – have long been used…

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sow seeds in eggshells

1 Wash the shells then prick a drainage hole in the bottom using a drawing pin or thumbtack. Place them in the cardboard egg box. 2 Half-fill the shells with soil, place a seed in each, then top up with more soil (follow the instructions on the seed packet for specific depths). 3 Label the shells with their plant names, then place indoors in a warm and sunny location, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. 4 Once the seedlings have sprouted, crush each egg gently in your hand, allowing the roots to spread, and plant in freshly tilled soil in your garden.…

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1 march

REJOICE IN THE MUSIC Revel in a night of stirring Welsh song at your local church or inn, or head to St David’s Hall in Cardiff where Welsh folk group Calan joins BBC NOW with a UK premiere of Cân Cnawd y Pridd: five compositions inspired by traditional Welsh songs. stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk CONQUER A CASTLE The Welsh countryside is home to more than 600 castles – from Cardiff (pictured) in the south to Conwy in the north – each entrenched with tales of the country’s past. Visit one this spring and learn about the fame and fury of Wales’ bastions. wales.com/about/culture/castles WALK THE COAST PATH There are 870 miles of rambling coastline to be explored in Wales. What better way to refresh the soul than with a walk along a verdant clifftop? walescoastpath.gov.uk JOIN A PARADE Honour Welsh…