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Claire

Young Golden Eagles Boost Population

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Golden eagles are without doubt one of Britain’s most majestic and awe-inspiring birds. A long-awaited project in the south of Scotland is now underway, to help boost the population. In the coming years, if this project succeeds, walkers will have an increased chance of seeing these glorious birds in south Scotland and perhaps even across the border in England or Wales…

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Welcoming Greater Protection for Ancient Woodland

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Woodlands are a walker’s friend. They offer shade from the sun, shelter from the rain, carpets of bluebells in the spring, a kaleidoscope of colour in the autumn and even chance to challenge the kids with some tree climbing. Aside from this self-centred view, they are an irreplaceable environmental resource and so it is great news that Planning Policy has just been strengthened to ensure they receive more protection. Find out how these changes will help us all, both now and in the future…

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UK Heatwave reveals Hidden Landscapes

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With such an unusually long stretch of hot and dry weather across most of the UK during June and July, the ground is drying out to a much greater level than usual. This has its pros and cons plus some surprising effects. Walkers are enjoying mud-free paths, gardeners and farmers are struggling to keep their land watered, whilst historians and archaeologists are getting excited about ghostly shapes appearing in the ground across the country. Discover the hidden historic landscapes that have been revealed by aerial photography during this heatwave…

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Welcoming our Winged Summer Migrants

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Most of us think of migrant birds as those that visit our shores in the winter months, to avoid harsher winters in their resident countries. In the summer months, when these winter visitors have left for home, we welcome several other species of birds that come to the UK to rear their young. Many of these birds travel from Africa, making this impressive trip to take advantage of our longer summer daylight hours, our abundance of insects in the spring and summer (ideal chick-fodder!) as well as the UK’s fewer predators.  There’s a good chance of coming across some of these summer visitors whilst out on your iFootpath rambles. Here are a few of our favourites to look and listen out for…

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What is your Local Park worth to you?

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Local parks are many things to many people. They act as safe havens for children to play, open spaces for dogs (and their owners) to socialise, training grounds for would-be athletes, places of escape for office-workers and communal gardens for apartment-dwellers. They also perform a vital role as a network of green spaces and corridors that allow birds, insects and other wildlife to spread and thrive. So how do you put a price on all that? Fields in Trust, a charity that champions and protects our green spaces, has done just that, through a detailed piece of research. The answer is a huge £34 billion and the details behind this are fascinating…

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Seven Sweltering Summer Facts

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After what has felt like an endless winter, at last summer is on the horizon. Love it or loathe it, we are heading into those months defined by lighter evenings, BBQs, flip-flops, beaches and ice-creams. It’s that time of year when you can almost feel nature growing beneath your feet and see it bursting all around. One of my favourite things about the summer months is that it is much simpler to go out walking; there is no need to wrap up in layer after layer of outer clothes, no muddy boots to clean when you get home and no muddy dog to contend with (well, unless she has sniffed out a year-round swamp somewhere!). To help get you in the mood, here are seven sweltering facts about the summer season…

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