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BBC Countryfile Magazine March 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

1 min
keeping in touch

“As I write, once again we’re plunged into total lockdown and plans to head further afield to enjoy early spring’s natural wonders must be put on hold. Instead, journey with us into the pages of this issue and use these adventures to make plans for better times. I have been hugely cheered by reader Valerie Whatley’s encouraging words: “We had to cancel our planned holiday due to the pandemic but have been able to have a ‘virtual staycation’ through the pages of the magazine!” That sums up our current mission beautifully. For instance, while reading Helen Moat’s return to childhood haunts in County Down (page 20), it was easy to envisage visiting those forgotten coastal villages “still untouched by development”. And our migration timetable (page 34) whets the appetite for the return…

1 min
this month’s contributors

Helen Moat, page 20 “Recently I felt an urge to bike the County Down coast of my childhood. What was it like now? How had it changed from the days of the Troubles?” Sonya Patel Ellis, page 58 “Pick up a leaf or examine a bloom. Allow yourself time to stop, breathe, switch on your sensory antenna and connect with the bigger picture.” Fi Darby, page 64 “The water worked some kind of magic that day. I felt more alive than I had in a long time. My anxiety lifted almost immediately.”…

2 min
march in the country

SEA DREAMS “Those moments, tasted once and never done/ Of long surf breaking in the midday sun/ A far-off blowhole booming like a gun…” Thus wrote John Betjeman in his poem Cornish Cliffs.Formanyof us, such yearning for the sea has been sharpened through months of lockdown. This is Pedn Vounder Beach near Porthcurno, a blissful west Cornish cove that can only be approached on foot. SPRING IN THE AIR March is the time when country walks are punctuated by the sweet-plaintive cries of new lambs. Sheep gestation takes around 152 days, so the mothers of March-born lambs will have mated with rams (tups, as they are known) back in October, allowing the newborns to take advantage of the first bursts of grass growth this month. See our feature on the rise of shepherdesses,…

2 min
spring events: six places to visit for glorious flora and fauna

BORDE HILL GARDEN, WEST SUSSEX Set within over 200 acres of Sussex parkland, Borde Hill Garden’s melange of ‘living garden rooms’ has been created to offer interest from early spring all the way through to autumn. Its events calendar begins with the 80th anniversary of the stunning Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ from 20–31 March, during which there will be guided Camellia Heritage Tours, a historical exhibition and plant sales. Later in the year, don’t miss the Specialist Plant Fairs (18 April and 12 September) and Rose Celebration Weeks (14–27 June). bordehill.co.uk LEE VALLEY COUNTRY PARK, HERTFORDSHIRE/ESSEX Overlooking Seventy Acres Lake, Lee Valley’s stunning new Wildlife Discovery Centre (free entry) is the perfect spot to watch spring wildlife. Highlights include common terns and kingfishers. visitleevalley.org.uk HEVER CASTLE, KENT Daffodils are a symbol of resilience and the…

1 min
open a bird café

With the seeds and berries of winter gone and the majority of insects yet to emerge, food can be hard to come by for birds in early spring. To help them through this challenging season, the National Trust is encouraging everyone to open up a bird café in their gardens or outdoor spaces. But what type of café is best for your plot? The conservation charity sells a range of bird feeders, from terracotta wall-mounted ones to upcycled eco-friendly options, as well as a number of types of food. Our feathered friends love to feel safe, so install your café in a sheltered spot away from predators and clean the station regularly. nationaltrust.org.uk/shop…

1 min
countryfile on tv

Presenter Margherita Taylor (below) lends a hand at her local city farm in London’s Kentish Town – with no visitors allowed in lockdown the farm is struggling to make ends meet. Margherita also delves into the archives torevisitsomeof Countryfile’s community and winter heroes, from farmers working in all conditions to wildlife and mountain rescue teams. In this challenging season of snow and storms, the team visits Grace Noble and her Highland cattle in Aberdeenshire, root farmer Guy Poskitt in Yorkshire and Gareth Wynn Jones and his sheep in Snowdonia. Margherita also chats to members of Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team about the increase in incidents during lockdown.…