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BBC Countryfile Magazine July 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
a shore thing

“A confession. The coast isn’t my first choice for a countryside outing. I like freedom to roam to all points of the compass and the sea is an unarguable barrier to those on foot. And so I tend to head more for the hills. Yet at the loosening of the lockdown in Wales at Easter, my first venture with the family was to Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire. After so long confined to the same four walls and their hinterland, I felt my head become lighter at the opening up of ocean views, big skies and endless craggy headlands. The coast rocks – and rocky coasts rock most. Many of us will be heading to the coast this summer to find the same blend of peace, headspace, beauty and sunshine. So this…

1 min
july in the country

COASTING FREE Sailing boats breeze over clear turquoise waters at the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary near Salcombe, before it opens into the English Channel. A drowned tidal river valley, the estuary lies in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Across the water sits South Sands Bay – an unspoilt sandy beach sheltered from sea winds – and the poetically named Splatcove Point and Stink Cove. POETRY OF KITE-FLYING “And now it hovers, tugs, veers, dives askew, Lifts itself, goes with the wind until It rises to loud cheers from us below.” Seamus Heaney’s poem A Kite for Aibhín , written for his granddaughter, captures the simple joys – and nostalgia for childhood – in the act of kite-flying (here on a Norfolk beach). ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Layers of sandstone create swirling striated…

1 min
pier perfect

Earlier this year, the National Piers Society awarded its 25th annual prize to Clevedon, a Grade I-listed pier that was saved from demolition 50 years ago. It took 19 years to restore the pier to its former Victorian glory after its collapse in 1970 and today, with the help of a loyal team of volunteers, the 312m-long structure is the focal point of this North Somerset town. “Three cheers for Clevedon as three-time winner of Pier of the Year,” said president of the National Piers Society, Gavin Henderson. “This unique and elegant structure was our founder John Betjeman’s favourite. It is a fitting tribute to all the passionate local endeavour that refused to let it ‘dissapier’.” Llandudno Pier in North Wales took silver in this year’s award, and Cromer Pier in Norfolk…

1 min
from the bookshelf: tales of our shores

COASTLINES: THE STORY OF OUR SHORE by Patrick Barkham A series of walks celebrating the beauty and wildlife of Britain’s varied coasts and the human and climatic challenges they face. THE GATHERING TIDE: A JOURNEY AROUND THE EDGELANDS OF MORECAMBE BAY by Karen Lloyd Telling the story of the people and lore of one of the most beguiling and dangerous stretches of coast in Britain. RING OF BRIGHT WATER by Gavin Maxwell The classic book about raising otters on the west coast of Scotland is also a paean to the natural enchantments of a remote shoreline and its daily wonders. ESTUARY: OUT FROM LONDON TO THE SEA by Rachel Lichtenstein An intimate exploration of the mysteries and histories of the Thames ‘delta’ by boat and through the stories of fishermen and mudlarkers.…

3 min
luxury breaded sole bay fishcake

By Darren Marriott, Sole Bay Fish Company Sole Bay Fish Company’s homemade fishcakes were invented to avoid waste from the fishmonger counter. The recipe has evolved over the years, resulting in a fresh and flavour-filled dish, ideal for a lazy summer lunch INGREDIENTS • 1kg Desiree or similar ‘waxy’ potatoes• Sea salt and ground white pepper• 200g cod fillet, skinless and boneless• 100g smoked undyed haddock fillet, skinned and boneless• 100g peeled prawns, defrosted• 1 litre ice-cold water• Self-raising flour• 300g panko breadcrumbs METHOD 1. Wash, peel and re-wash the potatoes and cut into large chunks. Cover with cold water in a suitable pan and add a good pinch of salt. Gently bring to the boil and simmer for 18 mins. Drain the potatoes thoroughly, then mash while hot with a pinch of ground white…

1 min
birds flying high

wildlife experienced a great year on many of its reserves in 2020, a year of Covid-19 restrictions. Spoonbills – an extremely rare breeding bird in the UK – were undoubtedly one of the highlights of the report. Three pairs nested at RSPB Havergate Island, the first successful nesting of these birds in Suffolk for at least 300 years. Great white egrets fledged an impressive 11 young at RSPB Burton Mere on the Cheshire-Flintshire border, and cattle egrets bred for the first time at RSPB Pagham Harbour in West Sussex. Roseate terns (pictured) enjoyed record numbers with 130 breeding pairs – the highest logged since the 1970s.…