A Hume’s Guide to the best apps and websites that help you make the most of country life.
Met Office Weather (Free)
By Met Office
Comprehensive hour by hour weather information with excellent regional data. 7 day forecast. Ability to personalise your forecast. Push notifications for pollen and weather conditions, including snow, strong winds, ice, fog and rain. Also includes sunrise and sunset, wind direction, humidity, actual temperature and ‘feels’ like.
Birds of Britain: A Pocket Guide £2.99
By Spiny Software Ltd
The UK leader in Bird and Butterfly apps. Fantastic photos, songs, calls, distribution maps and detailed information for 199 birds – all the common and best known birds in Britain arranged by family or alphabetically. A photo based bird finder. Song or call for every bird. Plus a host of other useful features. Pro-version also available for £12.99.
A website dedicated to finding trustworthy home and pet sitters while you’re away. There is a membership fee but otherwise the service is free. Sitters are rated and reviewed. Widely regarded as the best service of its type.
Track your horses health routine including worm control, vaccinations, dentistry and farriery. Also includes Track My Ride allowing you to map hacks for multiple horses and log details in history. Rides can be shared with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Includes News feed from Horse and Hound.
ViewRanger GPS – Hiking & Cycling Trails with Navigation & Offline OS Maps (Free)
Discover thousands of inspiring trail guides, download detailed Ordnance Survey® maps, and navigate your outdoor adventures with ViewRanger’s integrated navigation system. Share your adventures and inspire others to discover new places. Perfect for exploring mountain peaks or simply days out in the countryside.Used and trusted by over 200 search and rescue teams.
Clay Hunt (Free)
By Aleksi Rantonen
Can’t make it to the range and have an itch to bust some clays? Accurate touch controls and real physics claim to make Clay Hunt the most authentic shotgun shooting game available. Includes Tutorial mode, where you can practice your shotgun handling, real life physics for clay bird trajectories and leads, plus three classic clay pigeon shooting modes.
By Appetite Lab inc
A bit of fun from Mashable. DoggyDatez is Tinder for dogs. An app that is a location-based social platform allowing dogs and dog owners to meet other dogs and dog owners. All about having fun while walking your dog. You can search by breed – e.g. want to meet other Skye Terriers? A brilliant idea but one that relies on lots of dog owners signing up to reach its full potential. Free though so worth downloading for fun.
RHS Grow Your Own (Free)
By the Royal Horticultural Society
Designed for the less confident gardener, but useful for all. Helps you choose and grow your fruit and veg, making the most of the space you have. You then log what you’ve chosen to grow to receive detailed sowing/growing and harvesting advice. Plus alerts for key tasks, frost and weather conditions, plus pests and potential problems.
The Food Assembly (Free)
By La Ruche qui dit Oui!
Use the Food Assembly App to buy food from a wide range of local suppliers, including fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, meat and beer. You then collect your order – from all the multiple suppliers – from a single local point. It’s entirely up to you when and how often you buy. Great idea to bring the convenience of one-stop supermarket shopping to rural, independent suppliers. The app allows you to locate a Food Assembly point near you, with more being added all the time.
Prime Location.com Property Search (Free)
By The Digital Property Group
Engaging and slick presentation, plus good functionality for serious property hunters. Claims to have 95% of the UK property market. So perhaps all but the very top of the market who will be served only by the agents themselves – Knight Frank et al have their own apps.
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