UK Nature

Are Screens the Enemy of a Natural Childhood?

Kate Blincoe | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Blincoe

We can't hide from it, just as we can't trot down the M25 in a horse and cart anymore, so we have to find a way of managing it and making it part of a balanced life. It is part of our children's lives and brings many wonderful benefits - any five year old who has played on Google Earth knows the mind bending sense of awe of zooming out and out from their home to see the planet as a green and blue sphere.

Hearts (and Minds) of Oak

Dr George McGavin | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Dr George McGavin

In my new 90 minute film for BBC Four Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor I take a look at the oak beyond its obvious beauty, longevity and unmistakable presence and discover how it plays a much greater, indispensable role in our society.

Summer in Wales

Gwen Potter | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gwen Potter

The weather also helped birds - some of our nuthatches even managed to have a second brood at Llanerchaeron, while in late August some of our swallows in the barns still hadn't fledged, having arrived right on cue in the second week of April, exactly the same date as last year.

Give Your Family a Healthy Free-Range Autumn

Kate Blincoe | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Blincoe

Whilst more snuggle time is lovely, it doesn't always help you feel better. You and your children need exercise and fresh air to feel energised and time outdoors in daylight is very important for beating winter blues and helping tackle SAD. So how can you fight that urge to hibernate and keep those kids active outdoors instead?

The Moment A 40-Tonne Humpback Whale Nearly Killed London Kayakers

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Two British tourists have told of the moment they escaped a near-fatal incident, when a 40-tonne humpback whale crash-landed on their kayak. Charlo...

Green Parenting Without the Guilt and Stress

Kate Blincoe | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Blincoe

I found a green lifestyle that would make my family life better, happier and healthier, not worthy, guilt-filled and exhausted. This meant changing things that would benefit us and letting fun and family activity be the guide.

A Tale of Two Treehouses ~ Part Two Golden Oak Treehouse ~ Blackwood Forest, England

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Parents
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Family trees are also a great interest of mine. Unfortunately, my own family tree has had a bit of surgery. A few branches have been cut off and some of that wood has been used to fuel fire. However, recently, this tree of mine has seen some new growth. I'm pleased to feel strength in it again.

A Tale of Two Treehouses ~ Part One La Palombière Treehouse ~ Quinsac, France

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

As the day ticked on and temperatures soared to 36C, we were invited into the chateau to keep cool. Filled with family heirlooms collected from the world over, I enjoyed finding out a little about Anne Marie's family history as we walked and talked from delightful room to delightful room.

Our Responsibility to the Environment

James Butler | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
James Butler

Natures Cycle On looking at some plants in the garden, I noticed how interlinked life is to one another. I could see how interwoven natures is, that h...

This Lake In Turkey Has Suddenly Turned A Beautiful Crimson Red

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

No, it's not the red sea. It's actually a lake in Turkey, which has turned a stunning crimson red thanks to a special type of algae - which is also us...

Incredible Photos Of Crow Riding An Eagle... Because Why Wouldn't You Ride An Eagle?

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK

We didn't think that anything could top the weasel riding on woodpecker, the baby monkey riding on a pig, or the raccoon riding on an alligator. We we...

Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015: Winner Announced

The Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK

With over ten thousand entries, this years environmental photographer of the year has been awarded to Uttam Kamati for his inspiring image of a husban...

Earth Is Now Entering A 'Mass Extinction Event'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Tech

Earth is entering a “mass extinction event”, according to a new study by three top US universities. Lead author Gerardo Ceballos said: "We are...

Night Walking

Dixe Wills | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dixe Wills

Over many years of wandering across country at night, I've picked up a few insights into how to do it better. I share these with you now. The fact that there's a nice round number of tips is purely accidental, though admittedly pleasing.

On Death and Nature

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

ife and death are the great pretenders, the illusionists who compel us to make sense of the hand we have been dealt with and even that is the luck of the draw (or karma, for some). Every day we are challenged and struggle to make sense of our world but that doesn't mean we have to give in to fear, worse yet, to a fear of ourselves.

There Is A Horrifying Dark Side To Those Adorable Slow Loris Videos

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK

Those videos of people tickling their pet slow lorises are ADORABLE right? You might not think so for much longer. A UK charity is now campaigni...

This Single Image Sums Up The Terrifying Power Of Nature

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Tech

Kelly DeLay is either one of the luckiest people alive or one of the most unfortunate. We say the latter because he got to witness nature at its most ...

What Mother Nature Can Teach Us About Parenting

BritChick Paris | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
BritChick Paris

When I look at mother and father blackbird nurturing ‎their chick at a healthy distance I am reminded that the basics of parenting can be simple. It has been overcomplicated by the digital revolution and our 24hr access to an excess of information. It's time to get back to basics, to fledge our children...

The Joy of Learning

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

I would like to begin by saying that I am not an educationalist, but my children's father is. He has a Bachelor of Education degree from King Alfred's College, Winchester, but the best of his education philosophy (in my humble belief) comes from his mother.

A Simple Screensaver Could Cure Laziness

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech

By the time I've finished writing this story I would have checked Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and my Emails at least once, maybe twice. As much as...

Guy's Peaceful Paddle Boarding Session Interrupted By Bitey Killer Whale

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Tech

When Luke Reilly decided to go on a nice calm paddle boarding session off the northern coast of New Zealand, the last thing he expected was to have an...

Mysterious Natural Phenomenon Transforms Beach Into Stunning 'Alien World'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech

Something incredible is happening to the shores of Tasmania. In the last few days a massive bloom of organisms have transformed the beach into a gl...

Chris Packham's Latest Idea Might Have You Thinking Twice About That Countryside Walk

PA | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK

TV presenter Chris Packham has called for wolves to be reintroduced back into the British countryside. The Springwatch host, 54, said that humans h...

Spring Renewal 1

Karen Ruimy | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

Every morning stay within yourself, meditate, write down your feelings about this clearing. Answer those questions freely. Create yourself a dream plan. Though don't forget gentleness and patience for yourself as it can take a month or more.

How to Plant One Billion Trees a Year (Drones and Seed Bombs)

Thomas Church | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

26 billion trees are cut down every year and only 15 billion are replanted. Just like our economy, we're in a tree deficit. If we want to make a difference we're going to have to plant faster. Together, Robert and I managed 20 trees in the day (large saplings) - one street in East London.