15 of the best easy rural escapes from UK cities

These UK nature sites, from a new book, Wild and Free, offer abundant wildlife within an hour’s drive of a city or town, making them perfect for a day trip.

Nice to meet you: amazing new animal species discovered in 2017 – in pictures

From the Pink Floyd shrimp that makes a noise so loud it can kill small fish, to giant stick insects and new types of orangutans and gibbons, here is a round up of new animal species discovered in 2017.

Wild in Walthamstow: Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens

Few locals know about Walthamstow Wetlands in north London, which opens on Friday. But now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for free

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 finalists – in pictures

Wrestling komodo dragons and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by photographers for this year’s competition. The exhibition opens on 16 October at the Natural History Museum in London