Escape to an island

Countryfile magazine issue 135
On sale date:
16th February 2018

Discover Anglesey

Find fascinating prehistoric ruins and glorious shores on this enchanting island off Wales’ north-west coast. Jules Hudson revisits his old stomping ground and is inspired anew.

The magic of islands

Patrick Barkham explores the particular lure of small islands – a chance to escape from a troubled world to a place of tranquility, and to be close to nature.

Britain’s sharks

Awesome marine predators inhabit our waters – and the number of species is on the rise. Ben Garrod investigates why this is happening and where we can see them.

King of bright water 

Discover the Highland life of author Gavin Maxwell, the man behind one of our greatest nature stories, and where he found inspiration from his adopted otters.

Behind the headlines: Michael Gove

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been outspoken on farming and wildlife issues. In our exclusive interview he reveals his hopes for the British countryside.

Grow your own bouquets

Happiness is a bunch of flowers – so why not sow your own blooms to create beautiful displays for your home? All you need is a handful of seed, a patch of soil and five minutes a day.

Dogs outdoors: a vet’s guide

Julian Norton, aka The Yorkshire Vet, has two decades of experience working as a rural veterinary surgeon. He shares tips and anecdotes about caring for dogs in the countryside.

Green woodworking

BBC Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins gets to grips with axe and grain on a crafting day in the National Forest, making rustic furniture by hand. 

Signs of spring

From boisterous badger cubs to blossoming blackthorn, look out for the stunning wildlife as spring begins.


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