Nature and Outdoors

Families can enjoy a Big Wild Summer together at RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

  Families are invited to enjoy a Big Wild Summer with a series of fun, nature-filled events at RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve in West Sussex. The nature conservation charity is also encouraging everyone to help Respect, Protect and Enjoy the outdoors by visiting their nature reserves and the countryside …

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Celebrating Surrey’s heathlands in the pink

  Join Surrey Wildlife Trust and Thames Basin Heaths Partnership (TBHP) in celebrating our wonderful heathlands from 24th-30th July.  Surrey’s heathlands are some of the finest remaining examples of lowland heath in the world, and this rarity becomes a blaze of pink and purple over the summer months as the …

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Experience Art on the North Downs Way: Latest addition to the Inspiring Views project launches in the Surrey Hills

A new Surrey Hills Arts Inspiring Views artwork was launched today (30 June) on Denbies Hillside in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). ‘Radius’ created by artist and designer, James Tunnard is a distinct sculptural seat and the eighth in the ‘Inspiring Views’ programme, which opens up …

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New Book of Sussex Rambles for All: Favourites from the 4Sight Vision Support Ramblers Group

A new book of 35 rambles in the stunning Sussex countryside has been released to mark the tenth anniversary of the 4Sight Vision Support Ramblers Group. ‘Short Rambles in the Sussex Countryside And Days Out’ by Jane Aston features walks carefully documented and designed to be suitable for everyone who …

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One small step for gardeners is one giant leap for wildlife – Surrey Wildlife Trust’s new wildlife gardening survey

Frances Tophill author and BBC Gardener’s World presenter is supporting Surrey Wildlife Trust’s new online wildlife garden survey. Anyone can take the survey, from complete beginners to advanced gardeners, and in just a few minutes find out how their garden scores for wildlife. The quick and easy online survey measures …

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National Lottery players get lucky with free Open Week offer at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

National Lottery players can enjoy free entry to RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve in West Sussex from Saturday 5-Sunday 13 June, as part of The National Lottery’s Open Week celebrations. RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve is one of hundreds of venues and visitor attractions across the UK saying thank you …

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Local community save rare chalk grassland habitat for wildlife

An extraordinary community bid, assembled in just three weeks and spearheaded by local residents has secured the future of 37.5 acres of rare chalk grassland on the North Downs in Guildford, Surrey. Home to nesting skylarks, chalk hill blue butterflies, bumblebees, wild thyme and orchids, the fields support a rich …

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Celebrating our night skies – a call to all to join our European friends in Switzerland for La Nuit est Belle!

On the evening of May 21st, public lighting in the City of Geneva and surrounding communities will be switched off in a show of support for our night skies.  People living in Geneva and surrounding rural districts will enjoy the wonder of natural darkness lit only by the Moon and …

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Watch your step and help rare breeding birds

  Over half of England’s most threatened breeding birds nest on or near the ground. The pandemic is making the public more aware of nature in their local area. Four out of every 10 people asked, said they’ve spotted wildlife they have never noticed before near their homes over the …

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Visiting the Surrey Hills as lockdown eases

As lockdown measures ease during March and April we are expecting the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be a popular destination for both locals and visitors. The past year has drawn more people than ever towards our green spaces in an effort to find fresh air for …

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Calling all young environmentalists who want to stand up for nature!

Surrey Wildlife Trust is welcoming young people inspired by Greta Thunberg and the Youth Strike for Climate Action to a free webinar on 24th March at 6pm-8.30pm. The Youth Action for Nature webinar will highlight the intrinsic links between climate change and natural ecosystems, giving secondary school and university students …

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Nature on the Doorstep

One morning this week I drew open the bedroom curtains, looked up at the skies to ascertain the weather, and found myself eye to eye with a buzzard. The bird was circling low over the shrubs and bushes, his focus perhaps on capturing a late breakfast in the undergrowth. I …

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Put a spring in your step! Free outdoor activities for you…

It’s almost spring! Whether you feel that it starts on the 1st March (meteorological start of spring) or 20th March (astronomical start of spring), put a spring back into your step and spend more time outside or in your garden. The warmer weather is uplifting and the sights and sounds …

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