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BBC Countryfile Magazine January 2021

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

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come out of hibernation…

"So 2021 lies before us, a whole blank canvas to fill in with adventures and memories. But who would have anticipated, this time last year, just what 2020 would bring – with all its lockdowns, challenges and heartaches. What a year it’s been. I would like to say a big thank you to you all for sticking with us and for the kind messages of appreciation and support. It has been a huge boost to all of us on the magazine team to read how our pages have helped many of you enjoy the countryside and its charms throughout this past year of adversity. So this January issue is a call to seize every day. It may be the middle of winter now but, as we discovered when planning this issue, there…

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this month’s contributors

Adele Brand, page 36 “Whenever I follow or watch wild foxes, I am struck by a singular impression that they know precisely where they are going and why.” Mary-Ann Ochota, page 54 “At times when the future feels spectacularly unpredictable and worrying, I find solace in exploring our shared and mysterious past.” Clare Balding, page 60 “Pigs can collaborate and communicate through symbols. They have excellent memories and are able to recognise specific individuals.”…

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january in the country

FROSTED FINERY “Late lies the wintry sun a-bed, A frosty, fiery sleepy-head; Blinks but an hour or two; and then, A blood-red orange, sets again.” Thus wrote Robert Louis Stevenson inhispoem Winter-Time.Thereisa magic in the blend of low light, snow and frosted foliage that you cannot find at any other time of year. For more winter delights, see page 64. FROZEN FALLS When it gets really cold, even waterfalls can be petrified. Here a walker admires gigantic icicles as the mighty Summerhill Force in Teesdale, County Durham, is stopped in its tracks by many days of sub-zero temperatures. ‘Force’ is a corruption of ‘foss’: a Viking word for waterfall. The recess behind the waterfall is known as Gibson’s Cave. SNOW BIRD The stunning finch-like snow bunting is well adapted for gleaning a living in harsh…

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go winter beachcombing

1 HERNE BAY, KENT Visitors from across Europe flock to Herne Bay to search the fossiliferous beds. Shark teeth, often belonging to the extinct Striatolamia genus, are the most prevalent type of fossil found. 2 BRACELET BAY, SWANSEA (RIGHT) As the tide pulls out rockpools appear among the pebbles and sand. See what gems you can find before watching the winter sun sink over the Bristol Channel. 3 WHITE PARK BAY, COUNTY ANTRIM Formed between 200 million and 50 million years ago, idyllic White Park Bay offers the chance to unearth belemnites, ammonites and gryphaea among the faults, landslips and raised beaches. 4 CLAIGAN CORAL BEACH, ISLE OF SKYE Despite its name, this island beach is actually made of maerl: small pieces of dried, sun-bleached seaweed. Scan the driftline and rockpools for more hidden sea treasures. 5 REDCAR,…

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wainwright the wanderer

“Give me a map to look at, and I am content. Give me a map of country I know, and I am comforted: I live my travels over again; step by step, I recall the journeys I have made; half-forgotten incidents spring vividly to mind, and again I can suffer and rejoice at experiences which are once more made very real. Old maps are old friends, understood only by the man with whom they have travelled the miles.” Alfred Wainwright’s passion for journeys was clear. Read more about the hillwalker and his epic Coast to Coast walk in our next issue.…

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from the bookshelf: nature diaries

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE by Gilbert White The ultimate nature diary and an inspiration for all naturalists written by an 18th-century rural reverend, recording his wildlife encounters in a Hampshire parish. CLAXTON: FIELD NOTES FROM A SMALL PLANET by Mark Cocker Immersive and reflective adventures in a wild Norfolk haven over the course of a year, by one of Britain’s greatest countryside writers. THE NATURE DIARY OF AN ARTIST by Jennie Hale A beautifully crafted sketchbook record of the artist’s wildlife encounters in the English countryside through the seasons. DIARY OF A YOUNG NATURALIST by Dara McAnulty Evocative and moving exploration of a wild year on Dara’s local patch in Northern Ireland, written when he was just 15 but winning national awards for nature writing.…