The best countryside apps


Bird Guide Britain: A Field Guide To British Birds, by iSpiny (£6.99)
With 293 British species featured, this is the most comprehensive app when it comes to our avians. Identify birds by call, image and song, and map your sightings

Folia Garden Tracker, by Hawes and Pascoe (free)
With more than 80,000 plants included, this allows the green-fingered to log and find details about their flowers’ lives. You can link to an online community, too

The Good Pub Guide, by Random House (£4.99)
With more than 20,000 pubs listed and 5,000 independently reviewed, this is the key to finding a decent local watering hole

WeatherPro, by MeteoGroup Deutschland (£2.99)
The unpredictable British weather need never catch you out again with this seven-day, hour-by-hour forecast. Also works abroad

iHandy Torch Free, by iHandy Inc (free)
Whether you’ve broken down or lost something under the sofa, you can now use your mobile device as a torch

Memory-map, by Memory-map (£12.50)
Plan your next walk with this GPS system. OS maps are included and can be accessed even without a phone signal. Record your time, distance and speed

Hello Vino, by Drive Thru Interactive (free)
Become an instant wine buff with this large database of recommendations, referenced according to meal, occasion and taste

Star Walk: 5 Stars Astronomy Guide, by Vito Technology Inc. (£1.99)
Real-time motion tracking allows you to see which stars and constellations are above you. A calendar means you’ll never miss out on astronomical events

The Forager’s Apprentice, by Ashburton Cookery School (£1.99)
A guide to gathering wild food with 20 foraging video guides and 25 recipes. Chef David Beazley helps you to locate, identify and cook British specimens

Clay Hunt, by Aleksi Rantonen (69p)
The most authentic clay-pigeon-shooting app available, with sounds, trajectories and leads. Practice your gun handling, then make your way through three levels, with three shotguns to choose from

What Knot To Do, by Columbia Sportswear (free)
From hitches and loops to bends and stoppers, access a large knot database, where each is accompanied by detailed imagery, uses and instructions

GoSkimming, by Buzz Interactive (free)
Choose a stone and skim. Your device becomes the stone, so the trick is in the action you use. There are four lakes to try, with water effects. Just don’t let go!

What’s an app?

An abbreviation of application, an app is a piece of software that can be used on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

All of these apps are available from Apple. To buy them, visit the app store, either through the icon on your Apple device or by visiting, then type in the name of the app as it appears above. If you’re an Android user, visit to buy selected apps. There are often a few with very similar names, so check the icon to guide you to the one you’re after.

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