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Know your wing tips: A guide to the UK's birds of prey

Know your wing tips: A guide to the UK

When out walking in the hills across the UK, it’s surprising how often you see birds of prey soaring in the skies above. But it’s not always easy to tell a buzzard from a red kite or a kestrel from a hobby. The BBC’s Springwatch Team has created a really helpful guide to help with these raptor dilemmas.

Claire

Walking Festivals... Time to explore South Lincs

Walking Festivals... Time to explore South Lincs

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival presents 76 guided walks between 25 September and 31 October 2015. There’s no better way to discover the hidden treasures of south Lincolnshire than walking through the landscape that witnessed Bronze-age burials; Iron-age mints; Roman forts; the Knights Templar; deserted Medieval villages; castles, cathedrals and monasteries and architecture at its finest.

 

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Cast your vote...The UK’s Favourite Insect

Cast your vote...The UK’s Favourite Insect

Insects are vital for human life on earth but they are often overlooked. The Royal Society of Biology has launched a poll to discover the UK's favourite insect.

Claire

Explore a Corner of Lancashire with the Pendle Walking Festival

Explore a Corner of Lancashire with the Pendle Walking Festival

Pendle prides itself in hosting the UK's largest FREE walking festival and this year it takes place from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd August. Choose from 68 guided walks across the course of the 9 days and slot in an iFootpath walk while you're there.

 

Claire

Expert Advice... Stay safe from ticks

Expert Advice... Stay safe from ticks

Walking in the great outdoors has many health benefits, physical and mental, and is widely promoted as part of a healthy lifestyle. One of the small risks of walking in the countryside is the chance of being bitten by a tick. Here we uncover the truth about ticks, Lyme Disease and the precautions you can take to keep yourself (and your dogs) safe.

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Welcome back to the Pine Marten

Welcome back to the Pine Marten

The first confirmed sighting of a wild pine marten in England has been made in more than a century.

 

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Make July your Flower Meadow Month

Make July your Flower Meadow Month

100 years ago colourful flower-rich meadows and grasslands were an intrinsic part of our agriculture and people’s daily lives. Meadows are grown in spring, cut in late summer and the hay is stored for use as animal feed over the winter months. Fast forward to today and over 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost.  To celebrate these now very rare and special spaces and to raise awareness of their striking decline, the first ever National Meadows Day was held on Saturday 4 July and July is the perfect time to visit.

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Walking’s Feathered Friends

Walking’s Feathered Friends

This month saw the announcement of the winner of Britain’s National Bird, a bird that represents the whole nation in its popularity, characteristics and distribution. This made me wonder...which birds would appear on the list of the walker’s best feathered friends?

Claire

Walk this way: Waymarks Decoded

Walk this way: Waymarks Decoded

Whether you're following an iFootpath walking guide or taking your own adventure through the countryside, you are bound to pass a whole range of signage marking the public rights of way. Whilst most of us understand the direction the arrows point us in, there are also some more subtle pieces of information that the signage conveys. Here, we present a guide to waymarks to help you get the most of out of your countryside walks.

Claire

Keep your heart happy with a walk

Keep your heart happy with a walk

 British Heart Foundation is urging people to get active this summer as it publishes a report that shows that the UK is lagging behind its European counterparts.

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