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Great Britain is blessed with a great diversity of approximately 90,000 square miles of landscape. Wild mountains with snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys and calm lakes, meandering rivers, rolling farmland, forests teeming with life, purple heather-clad moorland, golden sandy beaches and more.

Overlooking Loweswater in The Lake District National Park UK
Overlooking Loweswater in The Lake District National Park UK
Bluebells Wood
Bluebells Wood


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Countryside News

  • Big Butterfly Count: common species to identify and how to take part 17th July 2020
    Wildlife lovers are being urged to take part in the annual Big Butterfly Count to help assess the state of nature in UK gardens this summer. Here is our guide on common butterfly species to spot in the UK and how to take part.
  • Best places for outdoor adventures in Wales 17th July 2020
    Wales abounds with natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and an epic history that’s matched by its many myths and legends. Here is a selection of the best coves, forests and natural wonders to visit in this awe-inspiring land.
  • Day out: Downhill, County Derry 17th July 2020
    Discover wild shores, muscular mountains, surfing seabirds and an 18th-century Italian-style temple on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast.
  • Natural solutions to be used against flooding 17th July 2020
    Natural solutions are to become a formal part of policy to protect the UK from future flooding linked to climate change.
  • Antrim coast guide: things to do, best walks and places to stay 16th July 2020
    One of the UK’s most amazing shorelines sets the scene for epic adventures both real and fantastical. Delve into the history of Northern Ireland’s stunning Antrim and Causeway Coast and discover its Game of Thrones treasures, best walks and places to stay with our travel guide.
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  • Country diary: a toxic beauty waits among the nettles 17th July 2020
    Hitchin, Hertfordshire: Demure and deadly, Atropa belladonna hides among more benign plant neighboursShadows lurk along the snicket edges on my return from an evening walk by the Ash Brook. It’s 9.10pm and a pale sunset has all but leached away, carrying with it the last of the dog walkers, leaving me alone in the half-light. […]
  • Country diary: heathers and restless grasses are arresting 15th July 2020
    Blanchland moor, Northumberland: For the first time in months, I am standing on open heathland with nothing above me but skyMy daily walk during four months of coronavirus lockdown took me only as far as the end of a lane where I could see distant North Pennine fell tops. Today, I am standing on open […]
  • Country diary: the solid gatekeeper of an ancient woodland 13th July 2020
    Haydon Bridge, Northumberland: A Scots pine stands over the entrance of this sheltered green haven as we tread quietly insideA line of wind-bent hawthorns marks the boundary of this upland field. Pale micro moths fly up from the grass as we walk past newly shorn sheep. From the bright light of this open land, it’s […]
  • Country diary: mighty oaks have sprung from the work of the lively jay 11th July 2020
    Talsarnau, Gwynedd: This colourful bird in collecting and hiding acorns is surely responsible for large tracts of oakwood throughout BritainThe rackety magpie family has moved home, from the ivy bush to a tall cypress with a dying ash tree beside it. I can see the convenience of this. The ash branches are perfect lookout posts […]
  • Country diary: the lair of the labyrinth spider 10th July 2020
    Marshwood Vale, Dorset: Catching such athletic, bulky insects as grasshoppers and crickets requires a sturdy trap that can’t be kicked apart too easilyOn dew-laden early mornings, funnel-shaped webs shine in the long grass like crystal vases. Complicated gantries hang between plant stems, tapering down to tubular tunnels, so densely spun that the tough silk appears […]
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