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Claire

Spreading the Walking Word for a Healthy Nation

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Two national news stories have caught my eye in the last few weeks, entirely different topics but both linked to the sad rise of inactivity that seems to be gripping the nation. The health impact of inactivity can lead to suffering in humans and canines alike, so maybe we should be trying to pair up buddies that might be able to help each other…
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When is a Grass Snake not a Grass Snake?

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Ask any walker that knows their snakes and they will tell you that there are three species of snake native to the UK; adder, smooth snake and grass snake. Well, the latest findings from scientists change that fact, because it seems not all grass snakes are the same species…
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Learn to be BRILLIANT through Nature Bathing

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There’s a new Japanese export that’s worth taking notice of. It’s not the latest gadget or food craze, in fact it is the perfect antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Find out about Forest Bathing, its far-reaching benefits and how to create your own experience of Nature Bathing via an iFootpath walk…
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Claire

Sad Plight of the Hen Harrier

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There’s something particularly magical about seeing birds of prey in the UK countryside when you’re out walking. Whilst some species like red kites are thriving, things are less good for other native species like the hen harrier, with the chances of catching a glimpse of one getting slimmer by the year. The RSPB has just published its fifth national hen harrier survey which reveals sad news for these amazing aerial gymnasts…
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Claire

Celebrate National Meadows Day 2017

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National Meadows Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year, this year that falls on Saturday 1 July. It is a day when the nation celebrates wildflower grasslands, with many landowners showcasing the amazing wildflowers and species within their meadows. Find out about these stunning landscapes and events happening today from across the UK…
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Claire

Help Unearth the 2017 Tree of the Year

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Do you have a favourite tree, either local to you or on one of your much-loved walks? Does it have a tale to tell, playing an important for locals and wildlife or having a fascinating history? If so, the Woodland Trust would love to hear from you as part of their quest to find the 2017 Tree of the Year…
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Claire

Expand Your Horizons with the 2017 Cloud Atlas

Expand Your Horizons with the 2017 Cloud Atlas
One of the things I love about walking (although, to be fair, there are thousands of things I love about walking!) is the way it allows you to get closer to the cycles and forces of nature. I’m always keen to learn more about the natural world around me, but one area where I have to admit my knowledge is a bit thin on the ground is cloud formations. Well help is at hand, with the publication of the 2017 Cloud Atlas, in a digital format for the very first time. Here we present a few of the basics; use them to create your own cloud hunt or simply to impress your fellow walkers…
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Richard

Get the Right Software, Create the Right Image…

Get the Right Software, Create the Right Image…

In this series of blog posts we have taken a look at how microstock may be an attractive place for you to sell your pictures, how copyright and quality come before all else and how you can streamline your upload process to multiple microstock sites. In this instalment, I wanted to let you know a little about the software that I use to process my images for microstock sites and for use on iFootpath, with a hope that this will help you produce great images from your walks.

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More Walking and Less IT - Submit Your Images to Multiple Microstock Sites

More Walking and Less IT - Submit Your Images to Multiple Microstock Sites

This is the third of a series of blog posts about microstock photography. In this post I will be giving you a few insights into the workflow I use to get my pictures successfully uploaded to microstock sites.

There are essentially three stages to the process and my objective is to balance ease and speed with results. After all, no one wants to spend hours preparing and submitting images to each microstock site and then adding keywords and a caption – better to spend your time out walking and capturing some great pictures along the way.

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Claire

How walking can help the NHS

How walking can help the NHS
More than 20 million UK adults are classified as physically inactive, increasing their risk of heart disease and costing the UK health service as much as £1.2billion each year according to a new report from the British Heart Foundation. This fascinating new report reveals variations on how active people are based on region and gender plus the impact this has on our health and the public purse…
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