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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
24 May 2018 by Guest blogger
It's National Walking Month and the experts at Cotswold Outdoor share their top recommendations for urban strolls.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
06 October 2016 by Phil Pickin
Phil Pickin looks at climate change and its effects on nature.
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.
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…
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.
27 February 2015 by Phil Pickin
Wildlife writer Phil Pickin explains how the weather changes the wildlife that we see through the changing seasons
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...
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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".
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".
14 April 2014 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd takes a trip to Copenhagen to talk walking (and cycling) with the European Ramblers' Association.
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?
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
28 October 2013 by The Long Walker
The Long Walker on why walking in autumn can help shake off the melancholy blues.
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.
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.
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!