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BBC Countryfile Magazine

BBC Countryfile Magazine July 2020

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.

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local heroes

"Back in March, I planned to go for a walk with a local friend to record the eerie and enchanting bubbling calls and songs of nesting curlews on a farm in the nearby Black Mountains for a podcast. But the Covid-19 lockdown put paid to that. No chance of seeing or hearing these rare birds in 2020. Or so I thought. Forced to wander the local footpaths and lanes rather than escape to more glamorous spring locations, I began to notice all manner of curious things – wildlife I didn’t know existed here, fascinating historic sites and hidden corners of beauty. And I heard a curlew just 10 minutes’ walk from my house. I couldn’t believe it – a pair was nesting in the uniform pastures near the river. What a…

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this month’s contributors

Matt Gaw, page 22 “With 120 miles of navigable water, the Broads is the UK’s wild Venice: a waterscape of wonder and wandering, pulling in seven million people a year.” Kathryn Ferry, page 52 “Fitted with bedrooms, living space and a kitchen, the standard camping coach slept six for a weekly charge of £2 10s.” Dave Goulson, page 36 “Our gardens could become a network of tiny nature reserves, supporting biodiversity, storing carbon in the soil and trees, providing home-grown food.” Photos: Oliver Edwards, RSPB Images…

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july in the country

REFLECTIONS IN RED A glowing sun lowers over a field of poppies near Brighton in Sussex. These ebullient blooms spring into action from June to August and tend to cultivate fallow fields and disturbed ground, seen to heartrending effect after the First World War. Although artificial poppies flourish as a symbol of Rememberance, the delicate wildflowers are in decline due to intensive agriculture practices. Increasingly, their cheerful yet poignant beauty is confined to road verges, scrub and waste ground. RIVER VIEW Often overlooked in favour of its famous neighbour, the Dove, the River Manifold is no less charming as it winds its way through the limestone crags of the Peak District. It creates a particularly pretty scene as it flows under St Bertram’s Bridge, a beautiful single-span stone crossing of medieval origin, before…

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six tips for wise watering this summer

1. Water your garden early in the morning or in the evening to avoid unnecessary evaporation. 2. Where possible, use a watering can rather than sprinklers or a hose to avoid wasting water. 3. Focus your watering directly beneath your plants, shrubs and trees, avoiding use on bare ground. 4. Add organic matter, such as compost, to your garden to improve the water-holding capacity of your soil. 5. Harness water straight from the sky by installing a water butt. 6. Remove weeds – these consume water, leaving less moisture in the soil for the rest of your plants.…

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from the bookshelf: modern novels

THE HARVEST by Christopher Hart A raw and beautiful portrayal of a young man at the impoverished edge of rural society, set in the byways and poachers’ haunts of Dorset. ALL AMONG THE BARLEY by Melissa Harrison Set in rural England in the 1930s, this novel explores the intricacies and hardships of country life, class and patriarchy. A BLACK FOX RUNNING by Brian Carter The story of Wulfgar, the Dartmoor fox, and his battle to survive against the trapper Scoble in Devon’s wild moors and hidden valleys. THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry Science and religion clash when widow Cora meets vicar Will on an Essex coast stalked by rumours of the return of a sea monster.…

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the seasonal table: a taste of july

Feathers blanket the orchard. Our geese are mid-moult and feeling sorry for themselves. Luckily, summer fruits provide a cheerful distraction. Early plums and crimson cherries, plus dusky blackcurrants, pink raspberries and plump strawberries from the fruit cage. The tubby gaggle gathers around our boots as we pick, ready to catch any falling fruit. They also waddle over to the gooseberry patch to scrump the aptly named berries. We turn what is left into one of our favourite summer drinks. GOOSEBERRY SODA INGREDIENTSMakes approximately 750ml 350g very ripe, green gooseberries 2› tbsp honey 450ml soda water or sparkling mineral water Ice, to serve (optional) METHOD 1. Put the gooseberries in a blender with a splash of water to help loosen them up a bit, and pulse into a thick purée. 2. Using a large spoon, push the purée…