Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Seven famous Jack Russells and their owners

Nipper in the painting His Master’s Voice – famous Jack Russell Terrier dogs

Although they were first bred little more than 200 years ago, Jack Russells are today one of the most popular terrier breeds not only in the United Kingdom, but also amongst the famous. Through film, TV, art and record books, the breed has been immortalised as a feisty yet faithful companion. Below are just seven Continue Reading →

Mad as a March hare: how and why you can spot hares boxing this March

How and why you can spot hares boxing this March and spring

Though they are often mistaken for their rabbit cousins, the longer-legged and longer-eared brown hare is in fact one of the UK’s most elusive countryside mammals. One of the best times of year to spot hares is in March, when they put on one of nature’s most interesting shows and ‘box’ with one another in Continue Reading →

The Prince’s Countryside Fund announces £700,000 of grants available to rural communities

The Prince’s Countryside Fund announces £700,000 of grants available to rural communities

The past year has been hard for many rural communities across Britain, with the wet weather meaning many homes and farms were flooded. Many village services including shops and pubs were also threatened with closure, alongside farms which had been going for generations. The Prince’s Countryside Fund hopes to turn this around, however, and has Continue Reading →

Spring is officially here, though some signs have arrived six weeks early

Look for the signs of spring in our outdoor clothing

British spring is now officially here, with March 20 marking the beginning of the astronomical spring, following the spring equinox. Yet The Woodland Trust has collected records from members of the public which show signs of spring have appeared much earlier this year – up to six weeks earlier than average in some cases.

Growing garden vegetables in spring

Growing vegetables in the garden in spring

Spring marks the time of year to start getting your veg patch ready to grow an abundance of vegetables for the season ahead. As the climate varies across the UK, local conditions must be taken into account before planting due to cooler temperatures still upon us. This can mean that vegetables cannot be sown or Continue Reading →

Wildlife firsts discovered in the British coastline’s largest wildlife survey

Water vole among the wildlife species sighted in UK’s largest coastal wildlife survey

The largest survey so far of Britain’s coastline has revealed a whole host of wildlife firsts, with more than 3,400 species recorded over 6 months across 25 coastal National Trust locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cheltenham Festival 2016 by the numbers

Cheltenham Festival 2016 by the numbers

Spanning four days, one of the UK’s most famous annual horse racing events, the Cheltenham Festival, is now upon us, hosting some of the greatest jumping action you’ll find anywhere in the world.

West Highland Terrier Devon wins Best in Show at Crufts

West Highland Terrier Devon wins Crufts 2016

For the first time in 26 years, a West Highland Terrier has won the top prize at Crufts, Best in Show. White Westie Devon beat off competition from six other dogs who had won Best in Breed in the final on Sunday, with winning the accolade having been described by owner Marie Burns, from County Continue Reading →

One Fly Festival returns with the one-night-only Fly Fishing Film Tour

River fly fishing with Fur Feather and Fin fishing bags

The popular fly fishing event, the One Fly Festival, is to return to the River Test in Hampshire with the addition of the one-night-only event the Fly Fishing Film Tour.

Ten ‘hare-raising’ facts about rabbits and hares

Hare-themed gifts from Fur Feather and Fin

Rabbits and hares have been part of British life for hundreds and even thousands of years, whether they’ve been used for hunting, for food or as pets, and today are a symbol for British countryside life. Whether you’ve come across them frolicking in the fields or keep one in a hutch at the bottom of Continue Reading →