From the editor
Dorset has some of the most spectacular coastline in Britain, from classic seaside towns and villages like Lyme Regis and Lulworth to stunning landmarks such as Durdle Door and Chesil Beach. In this issue we take a journey by boat along the world-famous Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Studland Bay, capturing its familiar landmarks from a unique and visually striking viewpoint.
Also in this issue, we explore the island of Sark in the Channel Islands, a place of hauntingly beautiful seascapes and the last essentially feudal state in Britain; we are in North Wales, Norfolk, Cornwall and County Antrim in search of the perfect coastal pub; we meet a farmer who raises organic pedigree Hereford cattle in the Cotswolds and who is a passionate advocate of farming for wildlife; we discover how the natural wonders of the British Isles have captured the imaginations of artists for the last 300 years; and we learn how citizen science is helping Britain’s 260-plus bee species.
Enjoy this month’s issue of The Countryman.
Dorset from the sea: Sailor and marine photographer Steve Belasco captures the familiar landmarks of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast from a unique viewpoint
The Way We Were: Bringing in the May: Sara Hannant is fascinated by seasonal festivities and rituals
The art of British natural history: Andrea Hart explains how the natural wonders of the British Isles have captured the imaginations of artists
Kiddly broth: Mrs Simkins cooks up a simple ancient broth associated with Cornwall
Oak Apple Day: Lin Bensley is looking forward to celebrating this venerable festival on 29th May
Tithe Wars and the Magnet: Peter McCall looks into the story in the Magnet comic of 1933 in which Billy Bunter and pals come across a ‘tithe war’
Delightful chalk church: Richard Wheeler visits Compton Beauchamp in Oxfordshire
Viewing the landscape in miniature: Colline Richards looks at the history of the Stanhope Viewer
Wildlife in focus: Golden Wings: Puffin, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire; photograph by Richard Peters
The pub with a sea view par excellence: Pete Brown heads to the harbour at Porthdinllaen for a drink at the Ty Coch Inn
If the horseshoe fits: Melvin Smith discovers a superb collection of old horseshoes at a Kentish farm
A magic horse: Kenneth Steven and Kristina Hayward have always felt that boats were magical
A river full of life: Brian Macdonald documents the natural wonders of Meirionnydd
Farming for wildlife: This month’s Down on the Farm column features Ian Boyd who raises organic pedigree Hereford cattle in the Cotswolds
An enigmatic bird of prey: Paul Trodd penetrates the mystique of the honey buzzard
Friends across the ocean: Tom Henry reveals how The Countryman influenced Small Farm Canada magazine
The joys of isolated living: Sarah Brown’s latest humorous story from Torvale
Isle of skies: Simone Stanbrook-Byrne explores unusual Sark, the last essentially feudal state in Britain
A month of gardening pleasures: Jenny Steel explains in practical terms how to incorporate wildlife-friendly ideas into any type of garden