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Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Dorset

Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Dorset

Defra has confirmed that avian flu detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset is closely related to the H5N6 strain that has been circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months.

25 Year Environment Plan launched by PM

25 Year Environment Plan launched by PM

Farming and the environment must go hand-in-hand and producing quality, home-grown food is critical to the future of the country, the NFU said today.

Get your binoculars out... it's time to go birding

Get your binoculars out... it's time to go birding

This year's Big Farmland Bird Count is on 9-18 February. The NFU's British Farmer & Grower team explains how to get involved...

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Top three reasons to be proud of the British Countryside

Bags of sugar produced
in the UK in a year:

2.3
billion

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British cheese produced by our dairy farmers in one year:

443,000 tonnes

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Areas of flower mix planted
every year by farmers:

10,000 football pitches

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The environment

The environment

At the same time as producing food, farmers play an important role in looking after the iconic British countryside. Find out about the hard work they do to trim hedges, maintain footpaths, protect watercourses and manage wildlife habitats.

How farmers improve soil health all year round

How farmers improve soil health all year round

Farmers manage 70% of Britain's iconic countryside, and are dedicated to enhancing and protecting the environment. Without fertile soils, farming is not productive. That's why British farmers prioritise the protection and management of soil.

Celebrate British Dairy

Celebrate British Dairy

This is why it's important to buy British dairy produce.

NFU wins Party Conference Stand of the Year for Sensory Barn

NFU wins Party Conference Stand of the Year for Sensory Barn

The judges commended the visible nature of the stand, its interactive design and the large number of MPs and government ministers that visited.

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What's in this month's issue

What's in this month's issue

Countryside magazine – our February issue


Smallholder special: How to make your produce last longer through pickling and preserving


Ticking the boxes: Keeping your smallholding on the right side of regulations


Test it: Smallholder kit in the spotlight


A life with horses: We chat to show jumping supremo Nick Skelton


British vodka revolution: Why more and more farmers are making vodka from their produce


Exploring the Carneddau: Tessa Dunlop goes hiking in the Welsh hills


The new face of farming: Emily Scaife meets the founding father of the ‘farm to face’ approach


So we grow sugar in the UK?: Orla Mcllduff gets the low-down on the British sugar beet industry


Eat it, cook it: The World Bread Awards and three great bread recipes for you to try


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In our smallholder special we look at the different ways of preserving your home-grown produce, and regular columnist Clare Hunt looks at rules and regulations and also gives insights into life on a smallholding.

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The environment

The environment

At the same time as producing food, farmers play an important role in looking after the iconic British countryside. Find out about the hard work they do to trim hedges, maintain footpaths, protect watercourses and manage wildlife habitats.

25 Year Environment Plan launched by PM

25 Year Environment Plan launched by PM

Farming and the environment must go hand-in-hand and producing quality, home-grown food is critical to the future of the country, the NFU said today.

 Bird flu - preventative measures for backyard poultry keepers

Bird flu - preventative measures for backyard poultry keepers

Poultry expert and Countryside columnist Andy Cawthray talks about preventative measures for backyard poultry keepers to minimise the risk of avian influenza.

How farmers improve soil health all year round

How farmers improve soil health all year round

Farmers manage 70% of Britain's iconic countryside, and are dedicated to enhancing and protecting the environment. Without fertile soils, farming is not productive. That's why British farmers prioritise the protection and management of soil.

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