Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Preparing your lines and reels for the new fly fishing season

Preparing your lines and reels for the fly fishing season

With the 2016 fly fishing season now well underway, many of us will be jumping at the opportunity to cast our lines and see what catches await us. However, there is one important step you should take before returning to the water, which is ensuring that your line and reel are ready to go. It Continue Reading →

Ten rare species of UK woodland wildlife

One of the UK’s rarest woodland species the red squirrel featuring on our squirrel cushions

To see some of the UK’s most diverse and interesting wildlife, the many patches of woodland spread across the country are some of the best places to go, as they are home to creatures of many kinds from furry mammals to tiny insects, all helping to keep the habitat alive. Sadly, however, some species have Continue Reading →

Woodland Trust campaigns to raise funds for ancient Caledonia pinewood

Explore Loch Arkaig Pine Forest while wearing our women’s country clothing

Conservation charity the Woodland Trust have begun a campaign to help raise funds for one of the largest remaining areas of Scotland’s ancient Caledonian pinewood, the Loch Arkaig Pine Forest. Located north of Fort William and the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, the forest consists of around a thousand hectares of native Caledonian pine, birch Continue Reading →

Countryside Alliance and BASC challenge the Campaign for National Parks on the role of shooting in the countryside

Men out on a countryside shoot with position finder tots and leather cartridge bags

Following the Campaign for National Parks, who launched a survey asking whether shooting should be banned in National Parks, the Countryside Alliance and BASC have teamed up to educate the organisation on the important role that shooting plays in the countryside. In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the CNP launched an online survey asking people Continue Reading →

What not to do when choosing a gun

Ensure you are buying the right gun by taking these important steps

With hundreds of guns to choose from, deciding which to purchase next can be difficult. No matter which type of gun you’re planning to purchase, however, there are some basic steps you can take and pitfalls you can avoid to ensure you’re finding the right gun for you.

Connecting with nature increases health and happiness, according to study

Connecting with nature increases health and happiness according to study

A study by the University of Derby has found that getting in touch with nature every day is an important element to health and happiness. The study investigated the results of people who took part in the UK’s first ever month-long nature challenge, 30 Days Wild, run by the Wildlife Trusts. Those who took part Continue Reading →

Online guide by NFU lays out which supermarkets back British farming

Apples in a British supermarket

The NFU has launched a new online supermarket sourcing guide which will enable shoppers to find out which supermarkets are backing British farmers and producers. Over the past 12 months, the organisation has worked to establish the sourcing policies for all of the major retailers’ ‘own brand’ products. They said that the transparency offered by Continue Reading →

Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary Scheme now open for applications

Land Rover Discovery Sport perfect for driving through the UK countryside

Applications are now being accepted for the Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary Scheme 2016, which will offer up to five successful young applicants aged 21-35 the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport for a year. The scheme marks a renewed three-year partnership between The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Land Rover, with the bursary Continue Reading →

Recipe: Grilled lamb chops with morels and spinach

Grilled lamb chops with morel sauce and spinach

With spring now in full swing, we’ve got the perfect recipe to make the most of the seasonal produce available in the UK. Combining lamb with morels and spinach goes to show that just a couple of well-chosen ingredients can really bring a dish into its own, adding a whole new dimension of flavour to Continue Reading →

Plant growing seasons have extended by almost a month

Plant seasons have extended by almost a month

According to the Met Office, the average time plants can grow in has increased by almost a month. The UK’s average plant growing season has increased by nearly 29 days, based on figures released by the organisation on World Meteorological Day (March 23).