Rural affairs

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Turning over a new leaf: the humble hedge stages a remarkable comeback
Agriculture turns full-circle as the trend for ripping out hedges is reversed… and farmers hail the ecological benefits

Tom Wall

23, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Country diary: The water levels are low below this quiet hillside
St Cleer, Bodmin Moor: To the west is an undulating range of china clay country once known as the Cornish Alps

Virginia Spiers

21, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: The caterpillar that sways to the rhythm of the trees
Brancepeth, County Durham: The poplar hawk-moth caterpillar loves hanging around aspens almost as much as I do

Phil Gates

20, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: two mute swans are serene in the falling darkness
Water-cum-Jolly, Derbyshire: In this shadowy and claustrophobic setting, their reflections are like quavering bars of light

Mark Cocker

19, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: A tidy forest floor betrays a lack of imagination
The Chevin, Otley, West Yorkshire: We tend to be averse to untidiness in nature’s spaces, but it’s the best way to encourage biodiversity

Carey Davies

18, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: No camera can capture the multi-sensory assault of this waterfall
Janet’s Foss, North Yorkshire: The light at this popular spot plays with the air around you, as the water burns the skin

Amy-Jane Beer

16, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: Lichen shows that there is life among the dead
Egleton, Rutland: The living pile on to the foundations of the dead, generation after generation

Simon Ingram

15, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: The insects turn the air thick with chemical signals
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: For the shieldbugs, darters and hornets, this rare moment of autumn sunshine is like a jolt of electricity

Paul Evans

14, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Why are foxhunters exempt from the Tories’ ‘public order’ crackdown? | George Monbiot
Bloodsports enthusiasts appear to be running riot, while the government rides roughshod over our right to protest, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

George Monbiot

13, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Country diary: Eye to eye with a shanny in the rockpool
Castletown, Isle of Man: My little pool is transmuting both shape and content for the second time today

Derek Niemann

13, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: the autumn arrivals are swelling in number now
Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex: It’s almost springlike in the trees with all the birdsong, but the marshes are filling with greylag geese, teal and wigeon

Rob Yarham

12, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: tapering spires rise from the common spotted-orchids
Allendale, Northumberland: I made a small meadow, allowing existing grasses and dormant wildflowers to grow

Susie White

11, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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