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BBC Countryfile Magazine October 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
autumn treasure

I’m a bit of a magpie on walks. Feathers, beautiful pebbles and fragments of pretty china all find their way into my pockets and then on to my shelf of ‘finds’. There’s everything there, from chips of wood from a beaver-gnawed tree to dried mermaid’s purses. Each object contains a memory. But I’m a total amateur compared to Lara Maiklem. Lara has made a lifetime of ‘mudlarking’ in the tidal reaches of the River Thames. She scours the riverbanks at low tide for new discoveries; her incredible haul of natural and man-made objects includes Victorian thimbles, Edwardian toys, and rings and coins lost from fingers and pockets hundreds of years ago. On page 50 she reveals how we can all enrich our walks by doing a bit of ‘larking’ – looking…

1 min
how to contact us

To subscribe or for subs enquiries: Domestic telephone: 03330 162112 Overseas telephone: 01604 973720 Contact: www.buysubscriptions.com/contactus Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, PO BOX 3320, 3 Queensbridge, The Lakes, Northampton NN4 7BF To talk to the editorial team: Email: editor@countryfile.com Telephone: 0117 300 8580 (answerphone; please email rather than call) Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, Eagle House, 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
october in the country

Photos: Naturepl.com, Alamy, 4Corners…

1 min
treetop trails

01 WESTONBIRT TREETOP WALKWAY, Gloucestershire Experience a stunning collection of 15,000 trees on a 300m-long walkway. Accessible for wheelchair users. forestryengland.uk 02 BEWILDERWOOD, Norfolk Climb colourful treehouses, scale wobbly wires and navigate the incredible Sky Maze in the rustling canopies of towering autumn trees. norfolk.bewilderwood.co.uk 03 DRUMKEERAGH FOREST TREETOP TRAIL, County Down This 1.4-mile trail slaloms up the slopes of a coniferous forest, offering glimpses of Slieve Croob through the treetops. walkni.com 04 KEW TREETOP WALKWAY, London Discover birds, insects, lichen and fungi among the crowns of sweet chestnut, beech and oak on Kew’s 400-tonne, 18m-high walkway. kew.org 05 BEINN EIGHE WOODLAND TRAIL, Highland Wander among the tops of Scotland’s great Caledonian pinewoods on this one-mile circular walk at the foot of Beinn Eighe. nature.scot Photos: Getty, Alamy, Geograph/Albert Bridge…

2 min
the seasonal table: a taste of october

October is apple-pressing month. On a (hopefully) dry weekend, we gather a jumble of eating and cooking apples from the orchard to transform into a year’s supply of apple juice, cider and vinegar. The geese usually waddle after us, motivated both by their love of apples and compulsion for wheelbarrow-chasing. Part-way through washing, scrattering, pressing, bottling and pasteurising, we break for lunch: piping hot sausage rolls, various pickles and, of course, a glass of freshly pressed apple juice. SAUSAGE ROLLS WITH PEAR, STILTON AND SAGE INGREDIENTS • 350g pork sausages, removed from casings• 2 firm pears, peeled, cored and chopped into very small cubes• 6 sage leaves, finely chopped• 75g Stilton cheese• 375g ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry sheet (approx. 40cm x 25cm)• 1 egg, lightly beaten• 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds METHOD 1. Put the sausage…

1 min
from the bookshelf: notes of autumn

THE NATURE OF AUTUMN by Jim Crumley A meditation on how autumn a ects nature in Crumley’s native Scotland and his reflections on the changing mood of the landscape. THE WOOD FIRE HANDBOOK by Vincent Thurkettle A blend of practical advice for lighting the perfect fires and a deep knowledge of woodland lore, this book warms you while you read it. ENTANGLED LIFE by Merlin Sheldrake A book that will change how you view the world. Sheldrake explores the extraordinary ways that fungi shape our landscapes – and lives. ARBOREAL by various authors From Katherine Jamie to Helen Dunmore, and Richard Mabey to Simon Armitage, this is a thrilling collection of short essays about woods. 3,000 years old is the estimated age of Britain’s oldest tree, the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire. Its trunk once had a girth of 16m. Countryfile on TV BBC ONE,…