The latest country news and rural affairs.


©Tim Woodier - Abergavenny Food Festival
[30th of September 2014]
BBC Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins reports from last weekend's Abergavenny Food Festival.
RSPB - rare seabird chicks isles of scilly
[24th of September 2014]
Manx shearwater chicks have been seen outside their nest burrows for the first time in living memory on St Agnes and Gugh in the Isles of Scilly. 
@Thinkstock - British hedgehog in decline
[23rd of September 2014]
New research using ink to track paw prints shows a worrying lack of hedgehogs in Britain.
Get your October 2013 issue free this weekend
[19th of September 2014]
Enjoy a FREE digital magazine this weekend!
©Thinkstock - funding for rural communities
[18th of September 2014]
Organisations and charities that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and rural communities can apply for funding of up to £50,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which opened online for grant applications on 8th September.
©Thinkstock - Apple season begins 2014
[9th of September 2014]
Autumn heralds the return of British apples to shops, and this year's crop is outstanding after glorious summer weather.
©Thinkstock - badger cull resumes
[8th of September 2014]
Badger culls are set to begin again in Gloucestershire and Somerset in the second part of the government's pilot programme to stop the spread of bTB in cattle.
©Thinkstock - coastal path in England to be complete by 2020
[4th of September 2014]
Nick Clegg has pledged to complete the proposed 3,000-mile England Coastal Path by 2020. 
©RSPB - Water voltes reappear in Scotland
[3rd of September 2014]
Endangered water voles have returned to the RSPB's Insh Marshes in Scotland after a 20 year absence.
©Geraint Lewis - Candida Lycett Green obituary
[3rd of September 2014]
BBC Countryfile Magazine's editor Fergus Collins remembers the talent and extraordinary spirit of a fine columnist and committed country woman
©Thinkstock - walking a mile a day cuts cancer death rate
[1st of September 2014]
Patients with breast and prostate cancer could reduce their risk of dying from the disease by walking a one mile a day, studies conducted by Walking For Health, run by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Ramblers, have shown. 
©BBC - Final 12 photos Countryfile calendar competition
[1st of September 2014]
The 12 final photos have been announced in the Countryfile calendar photo contest - now you can vote for the winning image. 
©Thinkstock - Octavia Hill winners announced 2014
[1st of September 2014]
We reveal the winners of the Octavia Hill Awards 2014, celebrating heroes who have helped children and young adults connect with the outdoors and wildlife.
©Thinkstock - badger cull on Countryfile
[26th of August 2014]
Following the hugely controversial badger cull of 2013 in Somerset and Gloucestershire, we present a round-up of the latest news and scientific findings.
©Hundred House - LateRooms best kept secrets 2014
[21st of August 2014]’s annual Best Kept Secret Awards returns for a fifth year, hunting for hidden hotel gems that should no longer be kept a secret.
©Thinkstock - sky lanterns new safety code
[21st of August 2014]
A new code of practise for the use of sky lanterns has been published, following concerns over the risk they pose to the environment and Britain's wildlife. 
©Thinkstock - Octavia Hill Awards shortlist
[13th of August 2014]
The Octavia Hill Awards celebrate people who help children and young adults connect with the outdoors and wildlife. Voting took place in three categories: volunteer wild hero, professional wild hero and wild organisation.  
©North Pennines AONB - Gold hair tress found by schoolboys
[4th of August 2014]
A group of schoolboys in the North Pennines have unearthed one of the most significant recent archaeological finds in the UK: a beautiful gold hair ornament that is an estimated 4,000 years old.