Rural affairs

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Country diary: it’s breeding season for this sparrow colony
Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk: While these sociable birds were once considered a pest, the whir of wings and chirruping chatter now make a welcome soundtrack to farm life

Kate Blincoe

09, Apr, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: for one week only, the reservoir is an orgy of frogs and toads
Buxton, Derbyshire: The ponds are alive with the sound of amphibian breeding songs

Mark Cocker

06, Apr, 2021 @4:30 AM

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If your dog goes for my sheep, then I will shoot, UK farmers warn walkers
Inexperienced owners who acquired dogs during lockdown are blamed for rise in livestock deaths

Robyn Vinter

04, Apr, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Country diary: mining bees are getting down to business
Airedale, West Yorkshire: In my local park, between the roots of a horse chestnut, an early mining bee community is beginning to thrive

Richard Smyth

03, Apr, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Countryside Code has worrying holes | Letter
Letter: Phil Stocker of the National Sheep Association says shorter version of the code is not clear enough about the need for dogs to be kept on leads


02, Apr, 2021 @3:21 PM

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'Make a memory': campaigners fear revised Countryside Code lacks bite
Visitors urged to ‘share the space’ but latest revision lacks clear rules over barbecues and dogs on leads

Patrick Barkham

01, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Country diary: the annual deer count has us on the hills before dawn
Quantock Hills, Somerset: Looking primarily for red deer, I was so focused on scanning the distance that I almost missed three hinds just metres away

Sara Hudston

01, Apr, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: a pregnant pause as the ewes return for lambing
Tebay, Cumbria: We rest on the brow of the hill. Even with all the uncertainty there is much to be thankful for. The sheep look well and the weather is settled

Andrea Meanwell

30, Mar, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: magical moments that herald spring
Ladybower, Derbyshire: Song thrushes pass their repeating phrases from one to the other, as I cycle along through this musical bubble

Ed Douglas

26, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: love is in the air for these oystercatchers
Sandy, Bedfordshire: Each bird is studiously focused on its own doings yet peripherally aware of the other. Apart but close – are they an item?

Derek Niemann

24, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Ruth Blok obituary
Other lives: Campaigner and conservationist who was a passionate defender of Hampshire’s downlands

Fiona Reynolds

23, Mar, 2021 @6:07 PM

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Country diary: the strange beauty of water caught between frost and thaw
Cairngorms, Highlands: Author Nan Shepherd walked these hills and wrote about the ice patterns in The Living Mountain

Merryn Glover

23, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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