Blogs

A dolphin jumping from the water

Seaside wildlife spectacles

24 May 2021 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

As an island nation, we’re blessed with an incredible wealth of wildlife, not least around our coast. Here are just some of the summer highlights to look for.

A red grouse poking its head out of the heather

At home in the hills

26 November 2020 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

A look at some of the hardy creatures that call Great Britain’s hills and mountains their home.

What do we want? Nature!

27 August 2020 by Gemma Cantelo

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our relationship with nature and the outdoors. Gemma Cantelo, the Ramblers’ head of policy and advocacy, reflects on what we’ve learnt.

A bird sitting among berries

Winged foragers & secret snackers

20 August 2020 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

Scan local hedgerows and bushes this autumn to see a range of birds, mammals and insects tucking into Autumn’s berry buffet – a vital energy source to many species.

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How we can protect our trees

28 May 2019 by Laura Brooker

Trees, woodlands, and forests are wonderful things. They purify our air, beautify our landscapes, and provide refuges for both wildlife and people. But our trees are at risk from an ever-increasing threat. The Forestry Commission’s biosecurity information officer Laura Brooker explains.

Two foxes, at night on a pavement beside cars

Urban wildlife

28 May 2019 by Phil Pickin

Many wildlife species have successfully adapted and learned to live alongside us in the hidden corners of our towns and cities. Phil Pickin examines the creatures most frequently found living in our midst

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Spring wildlife along the waterways

22 February 2019 by Phil Pickin

How important are our waterways for wildlife? And what species can typically be spotted along the way at this time of year?

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Find an urban stroll for National Walking Month

24 May 2018 by Guest blogger

It's National Walking Month and the experts at Cotswold Outdoor share their top recommendations for urban strolls.

Plastic waste: the last straw?

22 February 2018 by Phil Pickin

A visit to the coast is the perfect way to blow away the winter blues, and you can look forward to plenty of spectacular sights. Increasingly, however, you may also spot things that are neither pleasant nor natural.

Flooded path

Protecting precious landscapes in the face of climate change

01 July 2017 by Alison Hallas

We are regularly out walking in our favourite places and can see first-hand the impact of a changing climate. We join with other environmental charities to press for greater protection for our habitats, air and water, to make our environment better able to withstand the effects of climate change

Wild and free

25 May 2017 by Phil Pickin

Although they’ve been out and about since spring, it’s during the summer months that we notice the butterflies.

Steve's route

A history of the Wainwrights & some 214 record-breakers

08 May 2017 by Simon Barnett

Simon - who is attempting to climb all 214 Wainwrights in 15 days - runs through how the Wainwrights got their name and some of the record attempts in the Lakes.

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Nothing says ‘spring’ like flowers

24 February 2017 by Phil Pickin

With the hours of daylight lengthening and the weather turning just that little bit warmer, it can only mean one thing – spring is on its way.

Natural order

06 October 2016 by Phil Pickin

Phil Pickin looks at climate change and its effects on nature.

Scottish views and vistas

Manifesto for a walking Scotland

08 April 2016 by Helen Todd

As part of the 2016 Scottish Elections, there is a crying need for politicians to support walking & access, promote health, and protect the environment.

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Phil Pickin winter wildlife walks

09 December 2015 by Phil Pickin

It might be the time of year for hibernation, but that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for on those winter walks, as Phil Pickin explains…

Mole above ground

Phil Pickin: Discover the wildlife right under your feet

12 May 2015 by Phil Pickin

Wildlife expert Phil Pickin urges us all to take note of the wildlife that’s right under our feet.

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Phil Pickin: the impact of the red sky at night

27 February 2015 by Phil Pickin

Wildlife writer Phil Pickin explains how the weather changes the wildlife that we see through the changing seasons

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Kate Conto: If you could ask your MP one question about nature what would it be?

12 December 2014 by Kate Conto

Evidence increasingly shows that nature is in trouble. Wildlife and landscapes are under increasing threat from development, climate change and degradation...

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Phil Pickin: And you thought autumn was a quiet time of the year?

12 November 2014 by Phil Pickin

One of the most impressive times of the year, regular blogger, Phil Pickin explains why autumn is active, interesting, and seriously colourful

Walking Class Hero looking out to sea

Walking Class Hero: standing in the breach

22 October 2014 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero visits the Medmerry to see an innovative project by the Environment Agency to reduce flooding, offer a home for wildlife, and increase access for walkers and cyclists.

Cairngorms National Park

Helen Todd: The Scottish referendum and walking

10 September 2014 by Helen Todd

With the referendum on Scottish independence imminent, we re-post an original blog from Ramblers Scotland campaigner Helen on the impacts a yes vote could have on walkers.

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Nightlife: Phil Pickin talks about wildlife after dark

16 July 2014 by Phil Pickin

From wary badgers to majestic deer, campaigner and avid walker, Phil Pickin, talks about nocturnal wildlife and how to spot it - if you’re lucky!

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Ouch!

28 May 2014 by Phil Pickin

Although the summer weather encourages wildlife to get evermore active, some of these active members of the natural world are less welcome than others.

St Agnes viaduct, Cornwall

To the land's end

06 May 2014 by Sarah Gardner

At the land's end, a newly opened path that "climbs through tranquil woodland, with bluebell and wild garlic, and crosses a gentle stream full of the sounds of cascading water to take in a disused viaduct, home to curling ivy and nesting wild bees".

Eugene Suggett with Scarborough Ramblers and Robert Goodwill MP

Transported to Turkey Carpet

28 April 2014 by Eugene Suggett

Eugene joins Scarborough Ramblers and Robert Goodwill MP for a walk through Hilda Wood, near Hackness to enjoy the ramsons and to "air a few issues of national importance".

European Ramblers enjoying a walk

Common ground in Copenhagen

14 April 2014 by Helen Todd

Helen Todd takes a trip to Copenhagen to talk walking (and cycling) with the European Ramblers' Association.

Butterfly on plant

What is the value of nature?

12 March 2014 by Kate Conto

Can we ever place an economic value on the natural environment and everything it does for us? Shouldn’t we just look after nature because it is the right thing to do morally?

Phil Pickin

Citizen science

25 February 2014 by Phil Pickin

Carrying out research when you are out walking may not be everyone's idea of fun. But for those who do it, it can make a trip into the outdoors even more interesting and can provide research organisations with much needed and very valuable data.

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An emotional iced bun

13 February 2014 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her penultimate installment she finds the going tough, and wonders who she can turn to for an "emotional iced bun".

Mole from Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows, by EH Shephard

The simple joys of the outdoors

15 January 2014 by Ed Wilson

The simple joys of "rambling busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses" as epitomised by Mole in Wind in the Willows, have only been made possible by the unique network of footpaths. Which is why some of the statistics quoted in the recent 'Paths in Crisis' report concern Ed.

Ana enjoyed a game of pooh sticks

South to the sea - 100 akers of fun

13 January 2014 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her fifth installment she is walking through the 100 Aker Wood.

Phil Pickin

Restoring our precious peatlands

02 December 2013 by Phil Pickin

Despite the fact that peatland can seem featureless and rather flat, it provides us with a number of vital services: storing carbon, mitigating flooding and providing precious habitat for a range of plants and animals.

An American woodland during Fall

Walking away the blues

28 October 2013 by The Long Walker

The Long Walker on why walking in autumn can help shake off the melancholy blues.

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Autumn by water

30 August 2013 by Phil Pickin

We all know autumn is a season full of rich colours on the trees and mellow fruitfulness in the hedgerows but it’s also a time during which plants and animals that live in our ponds and rivers start to get themselves ready for the coming winter.

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Waterway wildlife

01 June 2013 by Phil Pickin

Beyond much slower ‘traffic’ and a supply of water, the footpaths and embankments that line our canals and waterways provide green spaces – both for wildlife and walkers.

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Signs of spring

03 March 2013 by Phil Pickin

For many people spring is a favorite time of year - new growth gives the countryside a fresh green hue and new life evident almost everywhere you look!

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