Nature and Outdoors

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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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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