Nature and Outdoors

How walking in nature can help wellbeing

Going on a walk can revive us. Whether we explore quiet forests, look out over a rugged headland towards the sea or stroll around our favourite park, spending time in nature can give us a sense of peace. For many of us, walking has become even more important for our …

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Feed the Birds this winter

We are a nation of bird watchers. From the red breasted Robin to the resident Great Tit, Blue Tit, colourful Goldfinch and Chaffinch, Blackbird, Starlings, Sparrows and more, we can’t get enough of these wonderful creatures. Small garden birds need to eat regularly, particularly during cold weather when they use …

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What will you see in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

World’s largest garden wildlife survey returns, 29-31 January 2021 Over its four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. In 2020, nearly half a million people took part, counting almost eight million birds over a three-day period. For many people, garden birds …

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Learn how to help robins this year with the RSPB

Robins are with us throughout the year but many people only begin to really notice them around Christmas time. The robin’s association with the festive season is believed to have begun when scarlet-jacketed postmen were delivering Christmas cards, and the similarly-coloured robin redbreast soon became linked to this tradition. Their …

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Guildford Walking for Health restarts

Fresh air, sunshine and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health. The advice from the government is that you can continue to walk outside (staying a safe distance from others) unless you are showing symptoms. The latest guidance from the Ramblers Walking for Health state that …

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BBC Countryfile explores Surrey’s precious heathlands

This week BBC Countryfile TV presenters Matt Baker and Margherita Taylor joined Surrey Wildlife Trust in celebrating Surrey’s rare and precious heathlands.  A full schedule of virtual guided walks, talks and heathland inspired activities took place on the Trust’s social media channels between 27th July and 2nd August to celebrate …

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Our Local Wildlife Trusts

Phil Kemp meets with the Surrey Wildlife Trust to learn about the outstanding work they and other Wildlife Trusts do to safeguard and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of nature. The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts was founded in 1912 with the charity’s primary role being to ensure …

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Wildflowers on our roadside verges

The A24 between Dorking and Capel is notable for its bikers, but also for its central strip of grass, dotted with trees, between the two sides of the carriageway. Over the past few months, the verge has grown up and there have been wildflowers and long grasses waving in the …

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Birds of a feather get hot in this weather

Temperature predicated to climb above 30 degrees this week across parts of the UK. While we enjoy the sun, our favourite garden birds, like robins, blue tits and blackbirds could be left struggling as the heat dries up natural water sources. The RSPB is asking people to leave out a …

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This weekend, wake up to the symphony of the Dawn Chorus!

Sunday 3rd May is International Dawn Chorus Day – a day to celebrate the early morning swell of birdsong! In this unprecedented time when many of us have limited access to the outdoors, you only need to open your window to enjoy this natural phenomenon. 40 million birds have disappeared …

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Spring is here! Top ten signs of it in your garden

Spring is now here, and there are signs of it all around us – birds singing, flowers blooming, and being able to go outside without five layers on! The RSPB has collected top ten signs of spring that you may see from your garden: Birds building nests – birds only …

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Woolbeding Gardens – visit before the winter break!

Woolbeding Gardens delight at every turn with distinctive garden rooms set against manicured hedges and thoughtfully composed colour-themed borders. Formal lawns melt into the rural landscape and beyond the meadow, you’ll find a waterfall, gothic summerhouse and enchanting landscape garden. Beyond the boundary of the formal gardens, a short walk …

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One small job=One happy mother!

TMC Fencing. It’s that time of year where the gardens in England look stunning. Flowers are in bloom, the grass is lush and green, potted plants are flourishing and of course everyone is spending a lot more time out in the garden. My mother had recently discovered that she is …

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