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Letters: Why does No.10 seem so oblivious to the threat of Scottish independence?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Referendum risk Sir: James Forsyth’s excellent analysis (‘To save the Union, negotiate independence’, 5 September) has one flaw: it is…

Beware cars with National Trust stickers

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Always the National Trust sticker. It feels like every time a car parks across the gateway to my horses’ field…

Is Chris Packham finally facing facts on shooting?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Chris Packham is widely seen as the most extreme of well-known animal rights activists. His obsessions against hunting and shooting…

If the office is ‘too dangerous’, why is everyone jetting off on holiday?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The whole of Surrey and south-west London seem to have gone abroad on holiday so I’ve got my sanity back.…

The genius of Alfred Hitchcock

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Nobody earns the right to respect just by having lived into old age, whenever that begins — it has happened…

Michael Morpurgo: Kale smoothies, writing, Pilates – my strict isolation schedule

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Writers like me are used to long hours alone. I’ve never enjoyed that side of it. I don’t like the…

How ‘barley’ cropped up

28 March 2020 9:00 am

‘Why can’t you write about something wholesome?’ asked my husband, in a flanking move. He was in a bad mood…

Vegans are brave – and they have a point

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

It was a clear and icy night at home in Derbyshire last week. I love these times and, before bed,…

I’m at risk of becoming a cat person

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Just before Christmas our cat Runty died and I wasn’t in any rush to find a replacement. I like cats…

Hare coursing gangs are terrorising the countryside

23 November 2019 9:00 am

If you’re driving at dawn or at dusk in the countryside at this time of year, you might well see…

Ronald Blythe took us back to an age when a tenant could be turfed out of a tied house simply for being 'rude'

Can giving voice to the horrors of the past re-traumatise?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It is 50 years since Ronald Blythe published Akenfield, his melancholy portrait of a Suffolk village on the cusp of…

The commercialisation of shooting may kill the whole sport

12 October 2019 9:00 am

A few years ago I was sitting on the sofa at Sandringham enjoying a ham sandwich with the Queen’s then-head…

A gang of sheep rustlers is stalking the county – who will be the next target?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Though autumn is happily still some way off, we’ve already reached that stage in the shepherd’s calendar when full-grown lambs…

In defence of British landowners (and the truth about grouse moors)

18 May 2019 9:00 am

I was surprised to read the article by Ben Macdonald in last week’s Spectator urging Britain’s grouse moor owners to…

Gamekeepers burn heather to encourage new growth for red grouse to feed on (Getty)

Grouse moors have destroyed Britain’s natural heritage – so we must rewild them

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Britain’s hunting estates were once beautiful. Walking through the New Forest, we can all appreciate how the purchase of land…

The savagery and death lurking within our beautiful countryside

4 May 2019 9:00 am

This is the time of year when the English countryside reaches peak incredible: when we rural folk mentally pinch ourselves…

Natural England is overwhelmed – and farmers are paying the price

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Last week, on the first day of the government’s ban on farmers shooting pest birds, I walked across St James’s…

The Beatles perform in Liverpool prior to signing their first recording contract: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and original drummer Pete Best. Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The greatest Beatle? Pete Best

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Which of the Beatles would you most like to have been? Not either of the dead ones, presumably. Nor the…

Professional villagers won’t rest until they have eliminated mud from the countryside

23 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Don’t touch anything sharp. Don’t saw anything or drill anything or sand anything,’ said the builder boyfriend as he left…

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Surrey’s Gore-tex-collar crime wave

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The frustrating thing about rights is that when you give them to people they don’t cherish and appreciate them. They…

The horrors of Soho House’s country outpost

14 May 2016 9:00 am

It is summer and the listless metropolitan thinks of grass. It cannot afford to stay at Durslade Farmhouse, Somerset, a…

Snakes, kookaburras and bandicoots: a garden in Australia’s rainforest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

What you can see from a tin house in the Australian rainforest

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…

Hate tax havens? Try imagining a world without them

9 April 2016 9:00 am

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…

Too grand for the Queen Mother: my strange life at Country Life

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The remarkable life and times of Country Life