The Countryside of Great Britain
Discover the countryside of Great Britain on your doorstep or on holiday
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.
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The UK Government department tasked with issues such as the environment, rural development, the countryside, wildlife, animal welfare and sustainable...
Burns Night: traditions, recipes and great Scottish walks
Celebrate Burns Night with our guide to the Scottish poet Robert Burns, including the best Scottish walks, traditions and recipes.
Big Garden Birdwatch: how to take part and garden birds to spot
Grab your binoculars and celebrate the 41st Big Garden Birdwatch by recording your garden birds this weekend. Here is our guide on how to take part and the best birds to spot in your garden this winter
Day out: White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
The poignancy of these towering white cliffs is best mused on a windswept walk along their grassy tops
February foraging guide: best foods to find and recipe ideas
February is nearly upon us, and despite the cold weather, there's plenty to be getting on with in the garden and in the countryside - our guide on how and what to forage for in February in Britain.
Questions raised over HS2’s damaging impact on nature
A new report from The Wildlife Trusts suggests that current proposals for HS2 will cause wide-scale destruction to the country’s wildlife.
Country diary: could alder wood wasps be breathing new life into an old friend?
Abbeydale, South Yorkshire: A much-loved tree may have gone, but dozens of small holes drilled up its trunk make me think a new chapter is about to beginWhen Jim died, we decided, having talked it through with the neighbours, to leave him where he was in the garden. Our friend had been good to us in life and there was no reason to assume that would change. Jim was a tree, a […]
Z is for Zen: mindfulness in nature
Tips for how to be mindful in nature, in turn improving physical and mental wellbeing
Win VIP tickets to The Photography Show, worth £300
Enter now for your chance to win VIP tickets to The Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham this March
Day out: Castell y Gwynt, Gwynedd
From a heap of shattered rocks on the roof of the Glyderau range in northern Snowdonia, drink in a view that stirs the soul
Matt Baker: A fond farewell to The One Show
Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has been sharing The One Show sofa with co-host Alex Jones since 2011 - this month he bids a fond farewell to the BBC show.
Britain’s ferns varieties: how to identify and best places to plant
The vibrant greens of ferns sing out on woodlands floors, but it can often be difficult to distinguish one species from another – learn how to identify some of the UK's most common fern species and the best places to plant.
Country diary: disoriented birds can no longer tell day from light-polluted night
Sandy, Bedfordshire: A false dawn had begun at dusk the day before, with the bright beams from an industrial estateA good hour before sunrise, two song thrushes were in full voice in a small copse by the railway line. A little burst of this, a little snatch of that. What stirred them into pouring out attention-seeking nocturnes now? This was a time when tawny owl talons might […]