Rural affairs

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Letters

08, Dec, 2021 @5:01 PM

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Country diary: They drive you out, your mum and dad
Sandy, Bedfordshire: Winter is a dangerous time for a young swan who is yet to fly the nest

Derek Niemann

08, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Defra may approve ‘devastating’ bee-killing pesticide, campaigners fear
Department sources say emergency authorisation of neonicotinoid Cruiser SB likely to be announced

Helena Horton

07, Dec, 2021 @10:45 AM

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Country diary: One eagle and 500 sparrows – I must be on holiday
Casével, Portugal: There is joy and sadness in seeing sparrows in such abundance outside the UK

Mark Cocker

07, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: I’m struck by the raw force of the storm wind
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion: A coastal walk pits me – and my hat – against the northerly winds that disturb everything in sight

John Gilbey

06, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Young country diary: I still love the clatter dove that sprays me with leaves | Priyanka
Botanic Garden, Cambridge: The birdlife seems bold here, and the glasshouse is a hot and stuffy paradise

04, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Country diary: A calm sea with a shoal of mullet swimming just below the surface
Langstone, Hampshire: Wastewater pouring into the sea exposes fish to hormonal pharmaceuticals

Claire Stares

03, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: ’Tis the season to spot the bramblings
Marshwood Vale, Dorset: These winter visitors from Scandinavia are as plump and round as knitted Christmas tree decorations

Sara Hudston

02, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Farmers fear Defra will not deliver on post-Brexit support, says CLA head
Mark Tufnell says many farmers are reluctant to trust government as changes to subsidy payments loom

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

01, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Country diary: The unenviable life of the noon fly
Wolsingham, Weardale: These important and rather beautiful insects are dependent to a large degree on the defecating cow

Phil Gates

01, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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County diary: A room of one’s own – then in flew a chiffchaff
Creedy Valley, Devon: For 10 minutes it was just the two of us: me at my desk, the bird exploring with purring wings

EJ Burnett

30, Nov, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: The underground secret by Hadrian’s Wall | Country diary
Coventina’s Well, Northumberland: The source of this spring was once encased in a temple and showered with gifts

Susie White

29, Nov, 2021 @5:30 AM

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