Country Life 3 March 2021

Country Life 3 March 2021 looks at 'mad' March hares, explores a left-handed castle and talks to the countryside minister.

A minister for all seasons: Defra Secretary George Eustice talks to Kate Green about Brexit, badgers and being brave.

Circles of life: Seemingly magical, yet care-fully made by man, dew ponds are vital for the health of our wildlife, explains Simon Lester.

A Kerr-handed castle: Rebuilt several times, Ferniehirst Castle, Roxburghshire, has finally been sensitively restored, reveals John Martin Robinson.

Taking it on the chin: Joe Gibbs is amused by the latest guide to being ‘posh’.

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