For the birds … an RSPB volunteering break in Northumberland

Seeking sanctuary among terns and puffins, our writer volunteers for two weeks of manual work on a remote island run by the RSPB

Essex rediscovered: ghosts and falcons on a rural ride

A cycle through countryside, on the trail of a great nature writer and the elusive peregrine falcon, offers fresh insights into Essex’s ‘dark mystery’. Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including Travels through History : France Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia Travels through History – NorthernContinue reading “Essex rediscovered: ghosts and falcons on a rural ride”

Marshes, mud flats and migrating birds on Denmark’s Wadden Sea

A futuristic thatched visitor centre is the latest focal point in Denmark’s Unesco-listed coastal national park, perfect for twitchers, cyclists and oyster lovers

Virpasar, Montenegro – Besac Fort

Virpasar is a village by Skadar Lake. The favourite pastime here is a boat trip to see some of the 270 species of bird who live on and around the lake. My recommendation is to walk over the bridge and take the road that runs behind the Hotel Vir. After about five minutes of uphillContinue reading “Virpasar, Montenegro – Besac Fort”

The bird doesn’t need the signs

Where is the bird flying to? It knows where it’s going without needing to consult a piece of wood stuck in the ground. And it will get to where it’s going when it arrives. What a pity humans have lost this philosophy, at least for most of their lives. Time is the fourth dimension andContinue reading “The bird doesn’t need the signs”

Never mind the election – vote now for the UK’s national bird

Never mind who runs the country: choosing Britain’s national bird, from a shortlist of 10, is also the subject of a hotly contested vote. Here are the more elusive species and where to spot them

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures

Winner hopes his photograph of a short snouted seahorse – that beat thousands of entries from 40 countries – will raise awareness of the species’ dramatic decline

Costa Rica – Eco-lodges

Set deep in the rainforest, these lodges offer beautiful hiking, biking and horse riding trails, or swing in a hammock and wait for the jungle creatures to come to you.