Country Life 24-Feb-2021

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.

United Kingdom
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2 min.
hearken to the arts

IT is not surprising, as reported recently, that degree students are now more likely to opt for the ‘safe’ areas of life—nursing, engineering—than Arts subjects. At times of crisis, the impetuosity of youth is put aside in favour of caution. Young people can see that the Sciences are better funded and treated more seriously; since the disastrous reforms of the Blair years, which rapidly expanded university access without the means being made available by Government to pay for it, the quality of Arts degrees has fallen. Employers have noticed, too, that maths, science and Classics require a greater degree of rigour than English literature or media studies. Yet the Humanities, as the name implies, remain essential to our lives —and never more so than now. Doctors and nurses have kept us…

1 min.
many happy returns

THE reintroduction of families of Eurasian beavers to five new counties has begun, this month in Dorset. Next up in The Wildlife Trusts’ initiative are Derbyshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Nottinghamshire and Montgomeryshire (a first for Wales), which will make 2021 a record year for beaver releases. The beavers will join cousins already in situ in Kent, Argyll, Devon, Cornwall, Sussex, Cheshire and Cumbria. Prized for their ability to maintain wetland habitats—benefiting hundreds of insects, fish, amphibians and birds and increasing plant species by up to 50%—these herbivores were hunted to extinction in this country in the 16th century, but staged reintroductions have been afoot for the past 20 years. The improvements these busy creatures and their dams bring about can be dramatic; since 2011, a wildlife paradise has…

1 min.
a spot of archival excavation

THE British Museum has hired a curator specifically to investigate the acquisition history of its eight million objects. A spokesperson says that, as much of the collections are here as a result of colonial enterprises, it is ‘likely that issues such as the role of the slave trade and Empire... will be relevant’. Although this news comes hot on the heels of the recent backlash from ministers over Historic England’s 157-page audit on every village, school, pub, church and burial ground linked to the transatlantic slave trade—a hit list for statue-topplers or a way to make BAME Britons feel more connected with our heritage, depending on how you want to look at it—some will feel there is justice to these investigations. As well as the Parthenon Marbles, there are items in…

1 min.
flea in the ointment

THE toxic insecticides we use on our pets to treat fleas are polluting our rivers and poisoning water insects, which fish and birds depend on for food. The PDSA estimates that some 80% of the UK’s 21 million dogs and cats are regularly treated for fleas, usually monthly, whether the animal needs it or not, and researchers would like vets to be discouraged from recommending this and regulation enforced. The ingredient fipronil is the main culprit, found in 99% of samples gathered by the Environment Agency from 20 rivers—from the Test in Hampshire to the Eden in Cumbria—and imidacloprid was found in 67% of samples, with an average concentration up to 38 times higher than chronic toxicity limits. Both have been banned from use on farms for a few years, but…

1 min.
good week for

Ireland’s whooper swans The population of this Icelandic visitor is at an all-time high, up 27% from the last count Truffle pigs French scientists have discovered a means of cultivating the prized Italian white truffle, which retails at €5,000 per kg (£4,348). It could soon be produced in the forests of France, Spain and Britain Blenheim lamb Ultrasound scans show the Oxfordshire estate's flock of Scotch Mule sheep is expecting a record ratio of lambs this spring; 988 ewes are carrying 153 singles, 688 twins, 134 triplets and two quadruplets Provenance Some 30,000 pupils will learn about food production directly from farmers as part of British Science Week next month; the NFU's Science Farm Live lessons will include live lambing and agri-tech…

1 min.
bad week for

Beer It's estimated that 87 million pints of beer will be thrown away due to pub closures, says the British Beer and Pub Association Hygiene The hordes of rats in closed or empty buildings has reached ‘biblical proportions', say experts, as the UK rat population grew 25% in 2020, from 120m to 150m Musical misogyny A female composer has had to change her professional name from Annabel Bennet to Arthur Parker to get ahead in the male-dominated classical-music industry, with immediate results Sex (toys) on the beach Sculptures by Sir Antony Gormley, installed on the beach in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, last summer, may be removed after locals likened them to ‘something out of Ann Summers'…