Country Life 26 July 2023

Country Life 26 July 2023 looks at lurchers, beavers and beach cricket.

‘There’s something regal about them’

Katy Birchall examines how the lurcher made the bounding leap from poacher’s pal to family pet

Swiftly does it

Meet the bird whose feet rarely touch the ground—Mark Cocker marvels at pure avian artistry

Rooted in tradition

Jeremy Musson experiences a 21st-century Reptonian thrill on visiting the idyllic rural setting of Wield Park in Hampshire

Are we too eager for beavers?

Friend or foe? Simon Lester weighs up whether we are truly ready for this rodent’s return after an absence of 400 years

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