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The Decline of Flying Insects

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It is very easy to take the natural environment we enjoy on our country walks for granted, but scientists are continuing to report a worrying trend. Flying insects, including pollinators like bees and butterflies, continue to decline in numbers, despite schemes across Europe to support them. Perhaps we all need to do our bit in supporting these winged-workers to ensure the sustainability of our green surroundings…
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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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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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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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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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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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How can you tell when Spring has Sprung?

How can you tell when Spring has Sprung?
March is such an exciting month. Every rural walk tells its own story of the early signs of spring, and we love seeing all your photos as you catch glimpses of these tell-tale signs. In late February, we had plenty of photos of snowdrops, catkins and even frog spawn. So how can we tell when spring has sprung and are times changing? Our friends at the Woodland Trust have some interesting insight…
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Six Ways to Cure Your Nature Deficit

Six Ways to Cure Your Nature Deficit

When Richard Louv penned his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, little did he know that his phrase ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ would strike such a chord and become a modern buzzword. When did you last kick through the leaves, run your hands through the soil or watch garden birds? Well if your answer isn’t today or yesterday, then you may need to remedy that. Find out about the disorder, its symptoms and our six recommended treatments…

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Celebrate National Tree Week

Celebrate National Tree Week

As National Tree Week – which runs from 26 November to 4 December 2016 – approaches, The Tree Council is encouraging everyone to consider how they can change views for the better by planting and celebrating trees. First mounted in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK's largest tree celebration and launches the start of the winter tree planting season.

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From Seed to Tree: How to Travel in Style

From Seed to Tree: How to Travel in Style

With harvest season upon us, it got me thinking about all things seeds. From a tiny acorn, a giant oak may grow. However magical it may seem, we all know that every beautiful old tree began life as a tiny seed. But if seeds were to fall straight off the tree and germinate at the roots of the parent, the next generation would fail and trees would be in crisis. Evolution created the answer to this conundrum and trees have developed a range of amazing techniques to ensure their seeds travel far and wide…

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The Powerful Purpose of Purple

The Powerful Purpose of Purple

During August and September, our moorlands and heaths are transformed into a vivid shade of purple as the heather bursts into its annual bloom. But aside from being a beautiful spectacle for walkers, the heather has an important purpose. It supports lots of wildlife by providing food and habitat and it has also played an important role in human history too. Discover why bees love purple and find the best heather walks...

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Parkland Perfection…Celebrating 300 Years of Capability Brown

Parkland Perfection…Celebrating 300 Years of Capability Brown

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape architect who earned the name England’s Greatest Gardener. He is said to be to landscaping what Turner is to painting and Wordsworth is to poetry. And the legacy of Capability Brown remains for us all to enjoy in large areas of parkland and gardens across the country.

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A Bit Too Green and Pleasant?

A Bit Too Green and Pleasant?

May and June are my favourite walking months, not least because it is the greenest time of the year. But this year, with ideal growing conditions for nettles and the like, it seems things might be just a bit too green and pleasant out there…

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Celebrate Nature…June is Great Outdoors Month

Celebrate Nature…June is Great Outdoors Month

If you love getting out and about and enjoying yourself, Great Outdoors Month is the perfect month for you! It’s an ideal opportunity to teach children about the joy of playing outside and how getting out and about can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting out and about is often a free or cheap day out for families, and can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to learn about nature and the environment, to de-stress and to improve your mental and physical well-being.

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Expert Advice…Surviving the Pollen Season

Expert Advice…Surviving the Pollen Season

The hay fever season is upon us. It is an often under-estimated condition, but those that suffer will know all too well that is can be extremely debilitating and turn a bright sunny day into a miserable one. Anyone, from the very young to the elderly can suffer and in the worst cases it drives individuals to hide away indoors to avoid the dreaded pollen. Allergy UK explains the condition and provides some helpful advice for sufferers.

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Go Wild and Get Happy

Go Wild and Get Happy

Walking is good for you. Seasoned walkers will tell you this time and time again, but it’s nice to have it confirmed by scientific studies from time to time. The latest evidence comes from The Wildlife Trusts via an impact study of its 30 Days Wild campaign. The UK’s first month-long nature challenge saw sustained increases in participants’ happiness and health through connections with nature such as feeding the birds and countryside walks.

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Walking with a Spring in your Step

Walking with a Spring in your Step

We may have had a topsy-turvy winter, warm and wet one day then cold and windy the next, but Mother Nature is not one to let that stand in her way. There’s no denying that spring is waiting just around the corner. With flowers erupting through the woodland floor and the dawn chorus building from the tree tops, spring is starting to take hold. Spring is the season when nature bursts back into life in an explosion of sight, sound and colour. What better invitation to get out and explore?

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Waveney Ferry Opens Up a Watery Adventure

Waveney Ferry Opens Up a Watery Adventure

Waveney River Centre has teamed up with iFootpath to bring you a delightful new walking excursion on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. And to make it even easier, you can simply download the guide and follow it using the iFootpath app. The walk offers plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from a ride on the river ferry and the bustling boat life of Oulton Broad, to the expansive views and wildlife of the Carlton Marshes nature reserve, all topped off with a visit to a telescopic church and a delicious lunch at the Waveney Inn. It’s sure to become a firm favourite.

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The Remarkable Polecat Comeback

The Remarkable Polecat Comeback

Polecats, a native carnivore which was almost wiped out in the last century, have made a remarkable recovery, conservationists say. A nationwide survey, carried out by Vincent Wildlife Trust, has revealed that they have now spread into areas where they have not been seen for 100 years.

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Weather Winners and Losers in 2015

Weather Winners and Losers in 2015

Every year the weather in the UK follows a unique pattern and the various highs, lows and extremes bring a combination of challenges and support for our wildlife. So how did 2015 fare?

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