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Country Life 13-May-2020

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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2 min.
the show will go on

IN ordinary times, this would have been the week in which we caught our first glimpses of the Great Pavilion standing proud on the Thames embankment in readiness for the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show. Distracted designers would be running up and down Main Avenue wondering whether their plants would arrive on time, the air would be filled with the bleeping of reversing lorries and Royal Horticultural Society organisers would be waving clipboards and talking with much urgency into their phones. But this year, the blackbirds in the Royal Hospital Gardens will nest in peace. As we mourn the show’s absence and the awful cost in time and livelihoods to growers and nurseries who will lose custom, Nature has, with sweet irony, brought us a rare spring full of sun…

2 min.
look good in lockdown

AS we all peer into each others homes through the frame of our computer screens, it would be surprising if you hadn’t began to worry what your friends, family or colleagues thought about the background behind you. ‘Do I have enough books?’ you might wonder. ‘Do I have too many books?’ you might also ponder. ‘What does my green wall say about me?’ you may muse. If you’re anxious that your office space might not be up to scratch compared with that of your CEO, there is good news. Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire has announced that you can download a lavish interior or glorious garden view to use as your background for your next Zoom or Microsoft Teams call. Feel free to get one over your colleagues by phoning in from…

1 min.
the eagles are flying

THE UK’s largest bird of prey has returned, some 200 years after it was hunted to extinction in these islands. The white-tailed eagle, which can have a wingspan of up to 8ft, was reintroduced to the Isle of Wight last August, as part of a five-year introduction programme by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation. Last week, data showed that the birds were exploring the mainland, too, with some making flights of more than 100 miles. One bird, rather affectionately known as G274, travelled for 265 miles around the south-west of England over a period of four days, before returning home to the Isle of Wight. Sadly, of the six birds that were introduced, only four are known to remain, with one confirmed dead and the other missing. Two of the…

1 min.
good week for

Roseate terns A record-breaking 122 pairs of roseate terns were recorded on Coquet Island, Northumberland, in 2019, says the RSPB. They are the rarest breeding seabird, having faced extinction in the 19th century, as their feathers were used in ladies' hats. In 1989 there were only 467 pairs across the whole of the UK English fingernails Penalty misery is etched into our national psyche, but the German Sport University of Cologne analysed every spot kick taken at major tournaments since 1976 and discovered England had scored some 90% of their in-game penalties Moths New populations of the striped lychnis moth have been found in Hampshire and West Sussex. It was thought only 40 colonies were left in the UK, but Butterfly Conservation volunteers and staff identified nine new sites last year…

1 min.
bad week for

Planet Earth A new black hole has been found on our relative doorstep, some 1,000 light years away from Earth. Black holes are usually formed by the collapse of a large star and have such powerful gravitational pulls that not even light can escape Hungry otters Otters are known to play with pebbles, lying on their backs, but the reason why has never been fully understood. However, scientists at the University of Exeter have proposed that otters ‘juggle' more frequently when they're hungry The MCC The cricket club has proposed selling ‘life memberships' to raise money for development work at Lord's during the pandemic. The offer will go to members and those on the waiting list first, and could be extended to the public; the cost to ‘skip the queue' could exceed £80,000…

2 min.
support a park, save a breed

THE future of rare native breeds could be at risk as farm parks remain closed, warns the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST). Farm parks rely on visitor income to operate and, during the current lockdown, are facing a struggle to afford food and housing for their animals. Of the many farm parks in the UK, 21 are accredited by the RBST. The charity is warning that should these parks close, not only will it be a loss for communities, but hugely damaging for rare-breed conservation. These parks not only help with breeding efforts, but also connect the public to the animals and explain why they matter. RBST CEO Christopher Price says: ‘The 21 RBST-accredited farm parks and city farms across the UK look after some of the rarest livestock and equine…