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From the editor

Artist David Shepherd is best known for his stunning paintings of African and Indian wildlife, and his passion for conservation led him to establish the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation which has given away nearly
£8 million in grants to fund projects to save critically endangered mammals in their wild habitats throughout the world; but David’s conservation work also encompasses places a little closer to home — his own back garden in East Sussex, as we discover in this issue.

Also in this issue, we visit Hampton Loade, a picturesque Shropshire hamlet with historic transport links; we explore the north Cornish coast and the church that was a favourite of Sir John Betjeman; we look at the history of sheepwashes; we ask, what price a castle in the Highlands?; and I’m nattering about knitting at In The Wool Shed, a specialist natural hand-dyed wool enterprise in Warwickshire.

Enjoy summer in the British countryside with The Countryman.

Mark Whitley


In the June issue of The Countryman...

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Transported back in time
Lynne Hayward visits a Shropshire hamlet with historic transport links

Hidden by Cornwall’s shifting sands
For our Country Churches feature Matthew Hyde heads to St Enodoc Church, Trebetherick

A plant fit for the pharoahs
Tony Francis answers some of the questions about the countryside and wildlife you never thought to ask

Protecting marine wildlife
Frances Griss examines the concept of Marine Conservation Zones

Wildlife in focus
Trevor Rees captures the amazing hermit crab at Lochcarron, Wester Ross

Nattering about knitting
Mark Whitley visits In The Wool Shed to learn all about hand-dyed wool

The monarch of the hive
Simon Cavill looks at the queen’s vital role in bee survival

A dream of Nirvana revived
Andrew Baskott reveals the history of Lincolnshire’s ‘lost’ Tudor garden and its 21st-century revival

A hiding place for elves and witches
Rosamond Richardson celebrates the natural history, myths and folklore surrounding the elder

The guardian of Anglesey
Fran Halsall visits the remarkable Beaumaris Castle

Beauty and romance
Jim Watson takes his country sketchbook to lovely Lynmouth

Sheep taking the plunge
Maggie Chaplin looks at the history of our sheepwashes

Tigers and trees
Jeremy Hobson discovers that wildlife artist David Shepherd’s conservation work begins in his own back garden

Recreating a cheese’s character
Andy Swinscoe explains the importance of choosing the right cow

Hailstones the size of plums
Peter Naldrett looks at June’s preponderance for epic thunderstorms

Humming with life
Nature-writer James Lowen has practical advice on what to look for in the countryside during June

What price a Highland castle?
Willie Shand explores the Assynt mountains in north-west Scotland

Book reviews
Readers’ letters
Nature watch
Watch the birdie


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