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Sue Gillman

Winter is one of the best times of year to watch the local wildlife, and here in North Yorkshire there’s certainly no shortage of fascinating sights to be seen.

On page 16 you’ll find a selection of enchanting images of some of the wildlife you may be lucky enough to spot, along with tips about which nature reserves to head for. And on page 22 you can read about the astonishing and beautiful phenomenon of starling ‘murmurations’, in which thousands of birds swoop and dive with pinpoint precision.

With Christmas looming we make no apology for focusing firmly on food. We have some spectacular recipes from one of the nation’s favourite chefs, Tom Kerridge, on page 60. And there’s masses more fine dining in this issue, including fabulous festive pâtés, recipes from Emily Scott and some classics from The Ginger Pig on page 68.

But don’t let all the gorgeous food distract you from your garden. On page 40 we look at some of the delightful early-flowering bulbs that bring colour to the borders from now until spring. Meanwhile on page 28 we share some advice about growing delicious veggies for the coming year – and no, it’s definitely not too early to make a start!

Finally, then, a huge thank-you to our advertisers for supporting us during the past year and making it possible for us to bring you such a high-quality magazine. Here’s wishing them – and of course you, our loyal readers – all the very best for the festive season and a happy and prosperous 2024.

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Sue Gillman – Editor