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Great Britain is blessed with a great diversity of approximately 90,000 square miles of landscape. Wild mountains with snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys and calm lakes, meandering rivers, rolling farmland, forests teeming with life, purple heather-clad moorland, golden sandy beaches and more.

Overlooking Loweswater in The Lake District National Park UK
Overlooking Loweswater in The Lake District National Park UK
Bluebells Wood
Bluebells Wood


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Countryside News

  • Summer wildlife guide: how to identify and where to see 3rd June 2020
    High summer is when many of us have a bit more free time to explore. And although the birdsong is much quieter than in spring as most species come to the end of their breeding seasons, there is much to be seen and enjoyed. In our summer wildlife guide, learn how to identify common species […]
  • Britain’s best forests and woodlands 3rd June 2020
    Explore spectacular trees and woodlands, from wildlife-rich Kielder Forest in Northumberland to the giant pine trees of Scotland with our guide to the best forests and woodlands in the UK.
  • Delightful tales of red squirrels and house sparrows 3rd June 2020
    Do red squirrels really make little boats to sail on? Discover strange tales in ancient books on British wildlife in Episode 10 the BBC Countryfile Magazine podcast, Season 5
  • Guide to puffins: facts, identification and where to see them 2nd June 2020
    Charming, clownish puffins are one of Britain's most loved birds. We take a closer look at these iconic seabirds, delving into their characteristics, diet, migration, breeding habits and the best places to see them in the UK.
  • Puffin numbers remain strong on Farne Islands 2nd June 2020
    The Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast are currently closed to tourists due to the coronavirus – yet the puffin population may benefit from the lack of human visitors, says the National Trust.
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  • Country diary: woodcocks rode through the haunted shadows | Country diary 2nd June 2020
    Errwood Hall, Goyt valley, Derbyshire: As daylight fades, the waders of the wood take to the air. But they are still almost impossible to seeThe name Goyt valley may be pre-Celtic, but there isn’t much sense of the ancient here by day. The sounds of traffic are constant and it has been much visited in […]
  • This way for Bums and Tums! The discreet charm of the village hall 31st May 2020
    Bleak, bulky yet strangely beautiful, village halls are the beating heart of rural Britain, where great events happen for £8 an hour. We meet a photographer celebrating these harmonious hubsA row of karate kids are performing mawashi geri kicks in unison to the cries of their teacher. Coincidentally, in the room next door, the Brownies […]
  • Burgers, fries and roller-skating waiters: the drive-in movie comes to UK stately homes 31st May 2020
    Taste of America comes to Britain this summer, as events planners adapt to post-lockdown lifeA distinctive slice of Americana will descend on the British countryside this summer as medieval castles and stately homes swap landscaped lawns for drive-in movie theatres.Giant screens showing nostalgic singalongs including Grease and The Blues Brothers will be beamed across the […]
  • Country diary: the wonder of May's mossy, messy alchemy | Country diary 25th May 2020
    Ellar Ghyll, Otley, West Yorkshire: In the dark and dank ravine, nature is reclaiming the ruins of our industrial pastAbove the thick canopy of oak, hazel and sycamore, the spring sun burns brightly, but by the time it reaches the understorey of the ghyll it has been diffused into a witchlike green glow. In this […]
  • Country diary: clear skies give quite the view 21st May 2020
    St Dominic, Tamar Valley: Just four miles away, steep shadowy woods of Morwell and Maddacleave mark the Devon bank of the TamarMost days, from our vantage point of 500 feet, we can gaze east across an expanse of dissected pastoral land, towards cloud shadows passing over the pale slopes of western Dartmoor. The remarkably clear […]
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