UK Nature

Fly With Your Own Wings, Peaks and Troughs and How to Choose in a Perfect Situation

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Too much money and too much choice. Drugs feed off a rampant ego and an absence of self. The finger is too readily pointed at the drugs or the alcohol or the porn as being the destroyer but the truth is, we destroy our own lives.

The Best Things in Life Are Trees

David Bond | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

This week is the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week. Coordinated by the Tree Council, it marks the start of the winter tree planting season. There are events all over the country, bringing together community groups, schools, and conservation charities...

Are The Starlings Trying To Tell Us Something?

The Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

A beautiful murmuration of starlings above the small village of Rigg, near Gretna, in the Scottish Borders has left us bewildered. Are these common...

LOOK: Starlings Perform Spectacular Air Display

PA | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

Twitchers were treated when thousands of starlings performed a tea-time spectacular, forming shapes like dolphins, a huge gorilla and even, perhaps, a...

Welcome to the Zombie Crowd

David Bond | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

When should children be allowed onto Facebook? The site says it only accepts users over the age of 13. New research published this week by Internet security giant McAfee and the Anti-Bullying Alliance says that most children use the Internet away from their parents' watchful eyes (which I can quite understand).

Nature Check 2013: A Wake-up Call for Government

Mark Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

As custodians of the earth, we have a responsibility to do the very best that we can to protect and preserve it...

Pills for Rickets?

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

Making PROJECT WILD THING I became interested in the public health benefits of prescribing 'wild time' to young children. If they catch the nature bug early, young children are far more likely to grow up to love the outdoors.

British Children Are Not Alone

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

The UK scores very badly in terms of our children's connection to Nature - right near the bottom of the league table. So it is tempting to think that in the rest of the world children are much better connected. But the table is relative - and the problem is global.

'I Want To Hear The Wolf Howl Again In Scotland'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

A wealthy landowner says he wants to introduces wolves and bears to his Highland estate. Paul Lister has been widely criticised for his plans, whic...

Re-wilding the Nation's Kids

Mike Collins | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK
Mike Collins

Without really noticing we've been heading towards the end of the traditional outdoors childhood. Something that many millions of adults took for granted is becoming the exception rather than the norm for today's children, where-ever they live. Roaming ranges are down, physical activity is down and the ability of children to identify common wildlife is being lost.

Re-Introducing Children Into the Wild

David Bond | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

All the science shows that getting outdoors is hugely beneficial to children and young people. It improves their health, reduces stress and boosts wellbeing. Just the view of greenery from an exam hall window helps students achieve better grades.

Child Screen Addiction

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

The film makes these teens feel trapped: afraid of not spending enough time outdoors on the one hand, and, on the other, anxious about missing out on socialising through technology. They had asked me for help - and I wasn't sure what to say. I'm not a trained counsellor.

Highlands and Islands: Eating and Sleeping in Scotland

Zahra Razavi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

I recently spent a week touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and managed to get my hands on some brilliant recommendations and a few accidental finds during my trip. Here are my top tips for where to eat and where to stay in Ullapool, Stornoway and Portree.

A Journey Through Natural Scotland

Zahra Razavi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

I'm looking for a taste of history, authenticity and the real Scottish character from this week - surely that's not too much to ask?

Nature vs Brands

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

Bounty has come under attack for exploiting the sense that they are on important government business (they distribute child benefit forms). They imply that you need to give them all your personal data in order to get child benefit.

Who Is Nature's Most Breathtaking Predator?

Richard Reoch | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK
Richard Reoch

There is a poster on the London Underground that takes your breath away. It shows the huge head of a tiger staring straight into the face of a young boy. Their noses are nearly touching - and the gaze of the boy is equally intent. In the space between their eyes is an invitation. It reads: 'Come within a whisker of nature's most breathtaking predator.' But it is the message I like to ponder most; which of the two is 'nature's most breathtaking predator'?

A Very Wild Network

David Bond | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

A year ago today I stood up in front of a room full of conservationists and told them they had failed. They exist to get people outdoors and connected to nature. But, increasingly, people are not interested. They vote with their feet, and stay indoors. More worryingly, so do their children.

First Working 'Gears' Found In Nature

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Tech

A gear system similar to those used on bicycles has been found in insects - showing that nature developed cogs long before humans. The juvenile Iss...

The 500m Nature Trail

David Bond | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

My children are back at school today. It makes me feel guilty. After a summer of walking and frolicking, suddenly I have to decant them into the car and ferry them around. I know I shouldn't. But it is just too far for them to walk (especially for the 4-year-old).

Too Poor for Nature

David Bond | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

These three million children are not just growing up in material poverty, but in environmental poverty. They can not afford nature... Children growing up in deprived areas are more likely to be underweight at birth, and obese in their teens. They are at much greater risk from accidental injury in the home and tend to perform worse at school.

Life On Mars

Christina Robert | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Tech
Christina Robert

Lets be clear here -we are not meant to live on Mars. You've seen the pictures. Our bodies are built for earth.

On Perfection, Planning and Losing

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Perfection In our facile society, perfection is glossy, fabricated, manipulated and made to order. Yet we are surrounded by unmistakably perfect momen...

Scientists Grow Miniature 'Human Brain-In-A-Bottle'

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Tech

A miniaturised "brain-in-a-bottle" has been grown by stem cell scientists who hope it will lead to new treatments for neurological and mental diseases...

How Fast Can A Snail Travel?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

The top speed of a snail is a sluggish one metre per hour, a new study has revealed. But that pace allows them to explore the length of an average ...

Did We Get Darwin All Wrong?

Richard Reoch | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Tech
Richard Reoch

It has been fashionable from the time of Darwin, indeed almost beyond question, to hold that evolution is based on survival of the fittest. But what this latest study demonstrates is that the fittest among us are likely to be those who are the most adaptable, considerate and cooperative.