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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 Cumbria
Overlooking Loweswater in Cumbria
Bluebells Wood
Bluebells Wood


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Countryside Survey
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National Parks
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Countryside Restoration Trust
The UK's leading charity dedicated to wildlife-friendly farming and campaigning for a living, working countryside.

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Countryside News

  • Scottish fruit farmers recruit thousands of locals to save harvest

    Students and laid-off bar and restaurant workers given jobs as pickers after urgent appeal Scottish fruit farmers have solved a recruitment crisis that could have resulted in this year’s harvest of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries being destroyed.Several thousand people, including students and restaurant and bar workers laid off because of the coronavirus […]

  • Grouse shoots scrapped as heather burning is banned on moors

    Torching heather, popular with gamekeepers but bad for the environment, is now outlawed in several upland areas of northern EnglandThe controversial practice of setting heather-covered moorland on fire – often carried out by gamekeepers to create more attractive habitats for grouse – is now banned on more than 30 major tracts of land in northern England. Three […]

  • Easy craft projects and outdoor nature activities for children to do at home

    Find a daily fun craft project or outdoor nature activity for children to enjoy in the home, garden or in your local area during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Country diary: carrion crows construct their high-rise abode

    Langstone, Hampshire: The pair get to work high in the canopy, preparing their nest and seeing off predatorsSpurred into action by the spring sunshine, our resident carrion crows have one thing on their minds. Just as they’ve done for the past five years, this pair have begun to build on the foundations of last year’s nest, high in the crown of a statuesque oak […]

  • Issue 163: Sensational Snowdonia

    The April issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine is now on sale

  • Pickled radishes

    Peppery, crunchy and bursting with colour, radishes are delicious fried in a pan with butter or thrown into a spring salad. They are also perfect for pickling

  • Make natural all-purpose cleaner

    This simple step-by-step teaches you how to make a cleaning spray from natural ingredients found around your home and garden – the perfect activity for families

  • Subscriptions spring offer

    Our spring subscriptions offer is just the job if you can't get to the shops

  • Create a natural sensory experience

    Can you smell as well as you think? This fun smell test for children will encourage them to use their sense of smell to identify each item.

  • Country diary: my heart dances with the daffodils

    Letah Wood, Northumberland: Sunlight slants through the beeches and the hillside is fresh and green with wild garlicAt the entrance to Letah Wood, a loud-voice wren trills from an ivy perch and silver birches reach up into a blue sky. Believed to be the last wild daffodil wood in Northumberland, it is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. The Letah Burn cuts a meandering […]

  • Rainbow treasure hunt

    Create a colourful rainbow of natural discoveries to display in your front window with this fun but easy activity for children.

  • April foraging guide: best foods to find and recipe ideas

    Winter is finally over, and spring has arrived with longer days, warmer sunshine and blossoming flowers – here is our expert guide on what to forage for in April in the UK.

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