Country Life 12 July 2023

Country Life 12 July 2023 looks at the birds everyone should see once in their life, plus tartan, trout and Alan Titchmarsh.

The perfect 10

From peregrine falcon to puffin and starling to skylark, Stephen Moss selects 10 birds that we simply must see in our lifetimes

We will not plunder music of his dower

Mark Cocker says John Clare’s lyrical works resonate today more than ever—230 years after the peasant poet’s birth

View to a thrill

The breathtaking garden of the Minack Theatre in Cornwall puts on a dramatic performance to overwhelm Alan Titchmarsh

Rebels and romantics with a cause

Tartan is one of Scotland’s most recognisable exports—follow the thread from Highland dress to punk fashion with Mary Miers

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The true heir to the Old Masters

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To the end of Wales

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For succour and relief

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Native breeds

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The good stuff

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Spreading the love

The Proms are hitting the road, taking music-making to all corners of the UK, finds Henrietta Bredin

A quieter way of gardening

Serene and sensitive, the garden at The Chain in Monmouthshire is a triumph, suggests Tilly Ware