The latest country news and rural affairs.


©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 is now open 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. 
©Thinkstock - Seagulls drunk on flying ants
[30th of July 2014]
Gulls are out in force across the UK this summer, feasting on flying ants. But is their food really causing their reported erratic behaviour? 
©Thinkstock - Beavers in Britain
[28th of July 2014]
Mark Elliott, Project Manager at the Devon Wildlife Trust, explains why we need beavers back in Britain. 
©Thinkstock - Beavers in Britain
[28th of July 2014]
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, explains why beavers should not be reintroduced in Britain.
[17th of July 2014]
A new study of government data shows that two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residue. 
[15th of July 2014]
Elizabeth Truss has been appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, David Cameron announced today. 
©Newcastle University
[11th of July 2014]
A study by a team of scientists at Newcastle University has found significant nutritional differences between organic and conventionally farmed food.
[10th of July 2014]
Natural England have announced that the latest stretch of the England Coastal Path has been approved. The Secretary of State has given the green light for work to begin on 55 miles of the Somerset coastline between Brean Down and Minehead.
[30th of June 2014]
Last night’s episode of Countryfile saw the launch of the Countryfile Photographic competition. Here's everything you need to know to enter your images. 
[26th of June 2014]
Report commissioned by BBC Trust praises Countryfile and Farming Today but finds a 'deficit' when it comes to coverage of rural affairs by the national network
[23rd of June 2014]
Find out exactly how much food we import and export thanks to this handy infographic from Seafarers UK
[17th of June 2014]
Hudson’s Heritage Awards are urging the public to help them find the best heritage picnic site in the UK.
[13th of June 2014]
27-year first as rare black-winged stilt chicks hatch at RSPB reserves in southern England
©Thinkstock - Osprey nest
[13th of June 2014]
Scottish osprey fathers two broods with two females just metres from each other.