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BBC Countryfile Magazine April 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
calming countryside

“As I write this, we’re in the process of learning how to work from home because of the COVID-19 virus. It’s a strange and worrying time for the world and it’s hard to come to terms with the loss of the normal rhythms and routines of our lives. We are all having to adapt to changes that will have lasting consequences. So it’s reassuring to look outside and see spring unfurling as it should do: a riot of colour, life, warmth and uplifting spirits. You’ll find a fabulous celebration of the new season through this April issue. For those of us who love the countryside, our hills, woods, fields and heaths have always provided perspective, beauty and joy in our lives and we’ll need them more than ever now. There is…

2 min
april in the country

BLUEBELL FELL The handsome peak of Rannerdale Knotts in the Lake District offers fine views over Crummock Water, Buttermere and, in April and May, a small ‘lake’ of bluebells in the secretive valley of Rannerdale. Rannerdale means “sheiling (shelter) at the pass of the raven” and is famed for its tranquility and glorious spring wildflowers, though visitors must stick to paths to avoid crushing bluebells underfoot – a problem in recent years. BALLAD OF BLOSSOM A willow warbler hunts for insects in the blossom of an apple tree. This tiny migrant lands in the UK from sub-Saharan Africa in mid-April and announces its presence with the most delicious liquid cascade of notes. The song is what tells the species apart from its very similar cousin the chiffchaff, which is famed for singing out…

3 min
april events: things to do this easter

24 APRIL-12 JULY LONDON DEREK JARMAN EXHIBITION English film director, artist and author Derek Jarman moved to Prospect Cottage in Dungeness in 1986, where he turned the Victorian fisherman’s hut and garden into a sanctuary of art and imagination. Learn more about his story in a new exhibition at the Garden Museum in London. gardenmuseum.org.uk CATCH UP Explore Dungeness and Derek Jarman’s cottage in a Countryfile episode first aired on 11 February. 18-19 APRIL BROGDALE, KENT BLOSSOM FESTIVAL The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale has over 3,500 cultivars, making it one of the world’s largest collections. Visit for the Hanami Festival – a cherry blossom celebration. brogdalecollections.org APRIL NATIONWIDE FANTASTIC FARMS Few things encapsulate the spirit of Easter better than baby farm animals – and Britain’s countryside is full of them in spring. Feed the lambs at Hall Hill Farm in County…

1 min
natural all-purpose cleaner

You will need: a clean jar • a clean spray bottle • white vinegar • a lemon • sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 Pour one cup of white vinegar into a clean, dry jar with a lid. To reduce packaging even further, you can buy white vinegar in bulk online, from some supermarkets or from zero-waste stores. 2 Peel all the rind from the lemon, removing as much white pith as possible, and drop the peel into the vinegar. Add two to three sprigs of rosemary, then shake. Cover and leave to infuse for 10–14 days. 3 Strain the vinegar, discarding the peel and rosemary. Pour it into a clean, dry spray bottle, then add an equal quantity of water. Shake well. Label your bottle and store it out of children’s reach. 4 Before…

1 min
in season: radish

Peppery, crunchy and bursting with colour, radishes are delicious fried in a pan with butter or thrown into a summer salad. They are also perfect for pickling, says BBC Good Food . PICKLED RADISHES You will need: 12 small radishes 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp golden caster sugar Pinch of mustard seeds and fresh dill 100ml cider vinegar Method 1. Cut the radishes into thin slices and place in a bowl. 2. Stir in the salt, sugar, mustard seeds and dill. Leave for 20 mins. 3. Warm the cider vinegar and 50ml water in a small saucepan, then pour over the radishes. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt, then leave to cool.…

1 min
pick a chick: identify baby birds

AVOCET This slender wading bird sweeps its upturned bill across shallow water to feed – a skill learnt by chicks a few hours after hatching. HERRING GULL A large seabird with white underparts, pink legs and a red spot on the bill. Their eggs are olive-coloured with black speckles. REDSHANK Most at home in marsh and mire, this red-legged wader usually nests in high densities and lays three to five eggs. KESTREL Easily identified from its hovering flight, the kestrel lays its eggs in natural or ready-made hollows in cliffs, trees and buildings. PUFFIN This orange-beaked seabird lays a single egg in burrows or on cliff ledges. Fledglings leave their nests at night to avoid predators. Photos: Alamy, Getty, Nature Picture Library, RSPB Images, Sean Malyon…