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Competition
Here's your chance to win a five-night stay at the...
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New research claims that eating beef could have a larger...
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Tips & Techniques
Take instantly better photos of Britain's magnificent...
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News
A new study of government data shows that two in every...
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This Sunday (20th July) John Craven takes a trip down...
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News
Elizabeth Truss has been appointed as Secretary of...
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Poll
A new study claims to have found significant nutritional...
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The Countryside
Daniel Start, author of two fantastic books on wild swimming,...
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The Countryside
In the first of our four-part route series with Sustrans we...
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The Countryside
Found a bee struggling to fly? Here are a few tips to help get...
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Tips & Techniques
Take instantly better photos of Britain's magnificent...
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The Countryside
Your guide to the most spectacular natural rock forms along the...
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Poll
New research claims that eating beef could have a larger...
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The Countryside
These hot, sultry days in July and August can seem very quiet...
Countryfile Calendar Photo Competition 2014
Explore the Countryside
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In the first of our four-part route series with Sustrans we...
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Bugs and others
They often cause proud gardeners to shudder, but get up close to...
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Insects
Found a bee struggling to fly? Here are a few tips to help get...
Your Photos

It's pretty sweltering out there this month! If you've been taking sunshiny snaps this summer, enter them into our...

Walks

Explore the UK countryside

Places to Visit

Days out and events in the countryside

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Once a carrot field, this fenland is a great conservation success story – and a wonderful wild experience 
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The Dyfi Valley’s salt marshes and wetlands ensure it’s always teeming with a wide variety of birdlife  
Holidays

Holidays in the UK countryside

Basking shark
Wildlife photographer, cameraman and presenter Charlie Hamilton James reveals what it’s like to witness these magnificent creatures up close
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Jules Hudson learns the archaic art of maintaining a walled garden on a National Trust working holiday
Photography

Your photos from the UK countryside

Your Photos

  • Summer sunset
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  • Norfolk Nature
  • Duck
  • Tatton Park Sunrise
  • Catching a few Rays
  • Lady Bug ride.
  • Sunny Fremington
  • Summer Hopper
  • Dragonfly
  • Rose with Morning Dew
  • Polecat at Ynys Hir
Country News

Keep up-to-date with news from the countryside

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[17th of July 2014]
A new study of government data shows that two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK...
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[15th of July 2014]
Elizabeth Truss has been appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural...
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A study by a team of scientists at Newcastle University has found significant nutritional...
The Countryside

Hints, tips and stories from the countryside

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Top 10
Daniel Start, author of two fantastic books on wild swimming, gives us a little preview of Britain's magical rivers, lochs and glacial lakes that are perfect for beating the heatwave  
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Birdwatching
These hot, sultry days in July and August can seem very quiet from a bird watching perspective. Where have all the birds gone?
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We've rounded the best in rural telly for you to enjoy this week.
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People
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of competitive shed design! As the judges of the Shed of the Year competition annouce the finalists, we look at the kookiest designs living at the bottom of gardens. 
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Birds
It’s swan-upping week! Dating back to medieval times, the census of the UK’s population of mute swans is performed by the Queen’s Swan Warden and their team. For a week the swan-uppers, resplendent in bright scarlet jackets, travel down a stretch of the Thames in traditional boats, recording the number and health of new cygnets. Here's an insight into the history of this seasonal ritual.   
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Insects
Lavender, alliums, fuschias, sweet peas - keen gardeners know the very best flowers to entice bees to their gardens. But what about plants that are bad for bees? We've narrowed down the top ten plants that you should avoid to keep bees happy and buzzing, plus the perfect alternatives. 
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Wales
This week Countryfile explores the Gower, in south Wales.