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BBC Countryfile Magazine May 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
$8.20(Incl. tax)
$69.37(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a window on the wild

“Where to begin? In a normal May we’d be telling you how to make the most of this most marvellous of months – the rush of wildflowers, birdsong and butterflies, and the greening of our woodlands. But, at the time of going to press, Britain, like so much of the world, is still in lockdown and our lives are confined to our homes and a smallish circle of our local area. It’s impossible to know how things will have changed by the time you read this. So in the pages of this magazine, on our website countryfile.com and through our podcast, we are bringing the countryside to you. We’ll show you what’s going on in the natural world, meet amazing rural people and keep in touch with the Countryfile presenters. (I’m…

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this month’s contributors

Simon Bainbridge, page 20 “From the elevated path of Loughrigg Terrace, it’s easy to appreciate why this beautiful scene became one of the most inspiring locations in English poetry.” Emma Wells, page 40 “Step inside Salisbury Cathedral and this early Gothic masterpiece quickly reveals why it holds a reputation as one of England’s greatest treasures.” Mike Dilger, page 50 “Bats spend virtually all their lives out of both sight and sound, so it is bizarre that these harmless, captivating critters face so much prejudice.”…

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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. 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
may in the country

PEMBROKESHIRE PUFFINS The puffins of Skomer Island take a star turn in the first episode of A Wild Year, a new documentary series exploring three distinct and beautiful regions of the British countryside: the Pembrokeshire Coast, North York Moors and the Fens. Enjoy a front-seat ride as you enter the raucous, brutal and sometimes hilarious soap opera of a seabird colony. Using a spectacular range of time-lapse techniques, A Wild Year airs on BBC Two later this year and brings fresh insight into the rhythms of these wild habitats. A NEW ‘SUPER’ RESERVE Dorset heath – a species of heather – blooms across the open landscape of Studland in south Dorset in early July. The county’s lowland heathlands are an incredibly rare habitat, home to nightjars and Dartford warblers, and butterflies such as…

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covid-19 countryside code

With our movements restricted in order to prevent the spread of infection and save lives during the coronavirus crisis, it is still important to get a daily dose of fresh air and exercise for our physical and mental health. However, we must all be responsible when walking outdoors, think of others and change our behaviour so that we can defeat the virus and get our lives back to normal as quickly as possible. Here are a few guidelines to follow, especially if you are fortunate to be able to walk in local countryside as part of your daily exercise. This was the latest advice at the time of going to press. 1 Read the latest advice. You can find essential information on the government’s website: gov.uk/coronavirus Keep up to date by following…

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from the bookshelf: great escapes

THE UNOFFICIAL COUNTRYSIDE Richard Mabey (Little Toller Books) Explore the wildlife on our doorsteps and the treasures that can be found on an urban wildlife ramble. The perfect book for current times. A CHILD IN THE FOREST Winifred Foley (Douglas McLean) The joys and hardships of life in a mining village in the Forest of Dean in the 1920s, told through a child’s eyes. A tale of natural wonders, human resourcefulness and family life. THE FISH LADDER Katherine Norbury (Bloomsbury) Travelogue, memoir and nature diary combine in this personal quest to find birth parents alongside adventures to locate the sources of rivers. Gripping and beautiful. THE SOUTH COUNTRY Edward Thomas (Little Toller Books) Pure escapism as you walk through the downlands of southern England in the company of a great poet and observer of both humans and wildlife. Intoxicating, so best…