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Country Life 18-Mar-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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badgers and balance

WE have got in a terrible muddle about badgers. Everyone wants to see a reasonable number of them in the countryside—they’re engaging creatures—but numbers have exploded since the 1970s and the West Country, in particular, is overrun. Dairy farmers have born the brunt of this, as they’re convinced that badgers spread bovine TB, a case supported by the results of the cull in disease hotspots where rates of infection have reduced. To phase out the cull, as the Government proposes, when there is no proven alternative, would be a cruelty to farmers whose livelihoods depend on the health of their herds. But badger numbers are a national issue. They don’t only eat earthworms and beetles, they take the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds. Their leathery tongues can cope with bees’ nests…

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budget boosts

LAST week, we had our first Budget of this new Government and Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Most headlines have been grabbed by the measures being put forward to prepare for coronavirus, but there were plenty of positives for the countryside (Agromenes, page 41). Here, we identify policies you may have missed. Red diesel It was reported a few weeks ago that the tax relief for red diesel was to be scrapped, which prompted outrage from countryside groups. The NFU warned the move would be an unnecessary financial burden on farmers, especially when they were preparing to lose their subsidy payments from the EU. Mr Sunak did, indeed, announce the tax relief will be scrapped, calling it the ‘£2.4 billion tax break for pollution’, but that farmers and fishermen would be exempt. Stonehenge The project to…

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good signal, sorry

THE days of rural isolation are soon to be over, according to the UK’s four largest mobile networks. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three have agreed a deal with the Government to invest in new and existing masts to improve mobile-phone coverage in Britain’s rural areas, which means that excuses often used to avoid friends (‘bad signal, sorry’) will soon be redundant. The Shared Rural Network (SRN) is a £1 billion deal that is set to bring guaranteed coverage to 280,000 premises and some 10,000 miles of roads. According to the Government, the deal will also indirectly improve other areas over time, including better coverage on 28,000 miles of roads and indoor signals for 1.2 million homes and businesses. The networks will invest £532 million, with the Government providing the rest. The scheme…

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porcine arson

A PIG excreted a pedometer that started an 800sq ft fire in North Yorkshire last week. Yes, you read that correctly. The pedometer was placed on a pig at a farm near Bramham, Leeds, to prove that the animal was free range. It appears that another pig decided to eat the gadget off its fellow, after which ‘Nature took its course’, according to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The copper batteries then reacted with the straw in the pens and began the blaze. ‘A hose reel was used to extinguish the fire and save the bacon,’ reported the service on Twitter. No animals were harmed. Historic Pools of Britan; Alamy; Russell Jenkinson/North Yorks Fire and RescueGetty…

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good week for

Thirsty shoppers German supermarket chain Lidl has announced plans to open its first pub. The firm confirmed it is hoping to open and run the pub next to its Dundonald store near Belfast, Northern Ireland. The site will also contain an off licence Jurassic Park The world’s smallest known dinosaur has been discovered frozen in amber, say scientists. The specimen was found in Myanmar and is estimated to be the same size as the bee hummingbird, which weighs about 2g Irony A conference on Nidoviruses, the order of viruses that includes coronavirus, has been cancelled, because of coronavirus. The Nido2020 conference, which was due to take place in May, has been postponed to 2021…

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bad week for

Modern hairdressers Rob Ayton, from Devon, is Britain’s latest world champion—winning the award for the best mullet on the planet at a ceremony in Australia. Mr Ayton took home the top award at Mulletfest, where categories include grubby, vintage and extreme The high street Wild boar in the Forest of Dean are wandering into local villages, as a result of ‘immoral’ photographers feeding them peanuts. The pigs would usually ‘run a mile’, according to The Boaring Truth, a local volunteer group, but a ‘small proportion have been fed by humans and are now tame’ Your first car A nostalgic car fan in Edinburgh was shocked to discover that his first-ever car had been turned into a barbecue. Derek Carroll bought the 1965 Chevrolet Impala for £100 in 1976, but sold it to pay for his…