Cheetahs return to one of Africa’s most important wetlands in Zambia

Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia has received a small founding group of cheetahs – the first of their species to return to this unique community-owned, protected wetland in almost a century. On Thursday December 17th, the Government of Zambia announced the successful translocation of An initial three cheetahs were translocated from South Africa in a collaboration between Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), African Parks, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Ashia … Continue reading Cheetahs return to one of Africa’s most important wetlands in Zambia

Twelve Trees that Defined my Lockdown – Part 1 — The Street Tree

During Lockdown 1.0, I spent as much time as I could outdoors. Like many, I found it gave me an opportunity to appreciate nature on my doorstep even more than usual. Combined with a beautiful spring and the dramatic reduction in pollution, it seemed especially piquant. My lockdown urban nature explorations turned into a project which came to fruition in October with the publication of … Continue reading Twelve Trees that Defined my Lockdown – Part 1 — The Street Tree

Don’t Lose Your Way ramblers campaign reveals almost 50,000 miles in missing footpaths in England and Wales

Walking enthusiasts have uncovered nearly 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of footpaths that are missing from official maps in England and Wales, putting them at risk of being lost forever, according to The Ramblers. The Ramblers’ Don’t Lose Your Way campaign found 49,138 miles of rights of way missing from the definitive map in England and Wales. In total, the volunteers discovered 49,138 miles of historic footpaths … Continue reading Don’t Lose Your Way ramblers campaign reveals almost 50,000 miles in missing footpaths in England and Wales

Deer Park Heights – filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy – re-opens to the public after 11 years

New Zealand’s landscapes with their rugged hills, winding valleys and lakes are spectacular as is evident from films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wolverine and Pete’s Dragon. Now Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights, a filming location for all of these films has opened again to the public after 11 years. The working deer farm on top of the Kelvin Heights hill is most … Continue reading Deer Park Heights – filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy – re-opens to the public after 11 years

Ancient sigils and symbols etched on to trees in England’s New Forest documented in a new public database

Trees in the New Forest of England that have been etched with sigils and symbols from ancient times are being documented as part of a citizen science project. More than 100 examples of “ancient tree graffiti” have been been put on display online at the New Forest National Park’s website. It follows a call made earlier this year by the New Forest National Park Authority … Continue reading Ancient sigils and symbols etched on to trees in England’s New Forest documented in a new public database

Trinity College Dublin to transform its front lawns into nature-friendly wildflower meadows

Trinity College Dublin has begun transforming its manicured front lawns on College Green into nature-friendly wildflower meadows after a public vote in favour of it.  Thousands of students, staff and members of the public voted to replace the manicured lawns beside Front Gate with the more nature-friendly alternative. Held in February this year, the poll received 13,850 votes, with 12,496 of those (around 90%) in favour … Continue reading Trinity College Dublin to transform its front lawns into nature-friendly wildflower meadows

String quartet perform to opera house-full of plants as Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu reopens

An audience of the flora-kind – 2, 292 plants to be precise – were special guests at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu on Monday where they were treated to a live performance by the UceLi Quartet string quartet. The plants, which were brought in from local nurseries, were seated throughout the auditorium including in the box seats as well as balconies, where they enjoyed a live performance of … Continue reading String quartet perform to opera house-full of plants as Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu reopens

Tunnel of Light: Architects transform Japan’s Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel into art space

Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Niigata prefecture has been transformed into several permanent artistic spaces with the intention of bringing young people back to the rural region. Beijing-based architects MAD created the Tunnel of Light at the historic, 750-metre passageway that cuts through distinctive rock formations, offering panoramic views over one of Japan’s three great chasms, as part of the the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. Located in … Continue reading Tunnel of Light: Architects transform Japan’s Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel into art space

Cycling Without Age: Enabling the elderly to enjoy their freedom and nature by way of trishaw rides

Cycling Without Age is helping the elderly – many of whom are no longer mobile or have limited mobility – to enjoy nature to its fullest by way of trishaw rides. The movement was started by Ole Kassow in Denmark in 2012. Ole Kassow wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. … Continue reading Cycling Without Age: Enabling the elderly to enjoy their freedom and nature by way of trishaw rides