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Country Life 11-Nov-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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in this issue

10 min.
let us not betray nature

‘If we can defeat this devastating challenge, we can find solutions to climate change and the heartbreaking loss of biodiversity’ IN the months since Easter, when the long-suffering Editor last asked me to contribute to these pages, the country, and the world, have experienced changes we could never have foreseen. Uncertainty has become a steady state; the previously unimaginable has become unexceptional; the extraordinary has become normal. At such a time, it is tempting, and understandable, to focus on the losses, the failures and the challenges. However, if the life of the land teaches anything, it is the need to look at the long term; at the deep and enduring strengths and qualities that continue through the slow rhythm of the Seasons, through Nature’s ever-rejuvenating generation of new life. We must respect…

11 min.
town & country

The game is afoot–under licence A NEW General Licence will be issued for gamebirds released near European Protected Sites in the UK. On October 30, Defra announced that it had concluded its review into releasing gamebirds around or on Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) after legal action against Natural England from the wildlife group Wild Justice began last year. Defra’s review looked at the number of gamebirds—such as pheasant and red-legged partridges—that were released and their impact on protected sites, the consenting process and whether further safeguards could be provided to protect sites. The review found that the ‘negative effects of gamebird releases on protected sites tend to be localised and that there are minimal or no effects beyond 500 metres from the point of release’. As…

1 min.
good week for

Love in the air Two eagles under the care of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project appear to be exhibiting courtship behaviours. The two birds, named Skan (male) and Beaky (female) have been flying close together and playfighting, the first time such behaviours have been observed since the project began Wildlife revival The Wildlife Trusts have been given £2 million from the People's Postcode Lottery. The money will be used to halt emissions from degraded land and increase carbon capture, say the trusts, as well as improving habitats for bees, birds, beavers and butterflies A White Christmas A couple in Bath have become Mr and Mrs White-Christmas. Kieran White and Tilly Christmas, both aged 20, tied the knot in a ceremony just before the most recent lockdown, having known each other since they were…

1 min.
oh, the agony!

You’d better shape up Q I live in a flat and my upstairs neighbour has started exercising for three hours a day (often at midnight). I explained how loud it was, but had the door shut in my face. I complained to the management company, but there’s been no improvement. Do I retaliate? I’m going slowly mad. V. B., Surrey A Well, technically, you go to your local council and lodge a complaint of noise nuisance. The process takes about three years. But where’s the fun in that? The disorientation of lockdown means we are all doing odd things at odder hours. A man must exercise—but he must also sleep. Wait until your neighbour slips into the land of nod, then begin playing, loudly, Olivia Newton-John singing ‘You’d better shape up’, on a loop. Add…

1 min.
100 years ago in country life

The long, low roll of the muffled, throbbing drums—The pageant of ‘the soldier’ through the city slowly comes, A ‘soldier who died fighting’, nameless, fameless, but his name Shall live as long as England’s and his fame shall be her fame. Hear the steady tramp that beats Through our brains and through the streets, As they guard him to his place With the great ones of our race. England’s humblest, greatest son—Type of duty nobly done. So salute him, as he comes to the throbbing, sobbing drums And the fifes which rise triumphant o’er the muffled rolling drums, O’er the drums.…

1 min.
town & country notebook

Quiz of the week 1) What was the first name of the Brontë sisters' brother? 2) Which three British mammals truly hibernate? 3) A Spoonerism is a word or phrase in which what happens? 4) What was haggis traditionally encased in? 5) British car marque Mini is now owned by which German company? 1) Branwell 2) Bats, hedgehogs and dormice 3) Letters or syllables are swapped 4) A sheep’s stomach 5) BMW Riddle me this: The future Time to buy Book of the week I Shall Not Be Away Long, presented by Andrew Tatham (Arvo Veritas, £29.50) Artist/historian Andrew Tatham has produced a remarkable human document in his pair of books inspired by a photograph and letters from the First World War. In this sequel to A Group Photograph (2016), Lt-Col Charles Bartlett's letters to his wife are reproduced, together…