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Whale watching and wolves at your window: Wild adventures in Norway's far north

The desire to escape Britain’s coldest, darkest days, even for a weekend, is understandable – essential, some might say. At this time of year, fly …

For the forest ponies, holly is not just for Christmas

<b>Red Shoot wood, New Forest</b> A pony will strain every muscle in its neck to reach the most tender branch-end leaves<p>As we press on along the ridge above the wood, on the north side of the path we find ponies raising the browse line as they stretch high into the hollies. A large white one strains every …

Keeping time with geese in flight

<b>Claxton, Norfolk</b> They rose and fell, swaying as if one organism were breathing slowly, and as they approached they never made sound<p>I saw the goose skein as a tentative line in a southern blue sky and, since it was arrowed straight towards me, I rested arms and binoculars on a gate to ease the …

Geese

An elemental challenge for climbers and storm-watchers

<b>Bosherston, Pembrokeshire</b> To stand on the cliff as green combers thud into the walls beneath, roar into the cave and recoil in white chaos is to become aware of even rock’s fragility<p>The bird ledges on Mowing Word, a cock’s spur of a limestone point on the south Pembrokeshire coast, are empty now. …

Climbing

A year in the life of a beech tree Fagus sylvatica

<b>Beech Fagus sylvatica autumn foliage almost glows when it changes colour in October.</b><p><b>Truly one of the finest displays of autumn, beech foliage almost</b> …

Hiking in Greece

Most of Greece is mountainous and a hiker’s paradise – you can even climb the mountain of the gods, Mt Olympus. The most popular routes are well maintained, others barely more than an overgrown sheep’s path. Hiking on the islands is particularly rewarding, from <i>kalderimia</i> (cobbled or flagstone paths …

Peaks of the Balkans: how to plan a cross-border trek

Descending through the forest from the Albania–Montenegro border pass, an unassailable stillness pervades, punctuated only by the sound of cowbells rising from the valley below. Sheep come into view, dozens of white specks grazing high pastures filled with young grass and wildflowers, all in the …

Hiking

From the Pennines to Pembrokeshire: Britain's seven best long-distance hikes

Britain’s wild and varied countryside is best experienced on foot. But rather than spending a day hiking an ancient byway or climbing a hill, why not throw yourself into a multi-day trek? These long-distance paths take in Hadrian’s Wall, Iron Age barrows, sweeping bays and a Welsh book festival, …

Hiking

Beyond Braşov: exploring Transylvania’s great outdoors

There’s more to Transylvania than castles and vampire legends. Romania’s central region draws nature lovers with its spectacular alpine peaks and the largest brown bear population in Europe, while adrenaline junkies can swap the cobblestone alleys and fairy-tale towers for snowmobiling on frozen …

Walk this way: exploring Greece's lesser-known north

This self-guided walking itinerary takes you from remote mountain villages to cliff-top monasteries, via the world's deepest gorge. Set out on foot to explore this lesser-known region of northern Greece...<p>‘I want you to try everything,’ says Elli Papageorgiou, emerging from the kitchen of her small …

The Via Dinarica hiking trail: a cultural corridor across the Balkans

Waves of fog battled patches of blue sky as the Via Dinarica hiking trail inclined sharply to the junction between Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo. At the 2210m peak, punctuated by a stone tri-border marker, the morning sun won and shone a spotlight on the Albanian shepherd village of Dobërdol …

Europe's best national parks

Yours to keep: a free pass to Europe’s best bits – areas enshrined as national parks, where the only entry requirement is a sense of adventure.<p>Hike across sparkling glaciers, explore wild, fabled forests and meet mountain goats with this sampler from our new title, <i>The Best Things in Life are …

'Woefully' equipped student walkers rescued from Snowdonia

<b>A group of 13 "woefully" equipped student walkers were rescued from Snowdonia at the weekend.</b><p>They called for help at 16:15 GMT on Saturday when one member suffered a panic attack in fading light on Carnedd Llewelyn.<p>An RAF mountain rescue team was nearby and was able to escort the group to …

Conservationists declare victory for wildlife as EU saves nature directives

EU president abandons plan to overhaul flagship birds and habitats directives following a huge public campaign<p>The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has been forced to abandon an overhaul of flagship nature laws after an unprecedented campaign that mobilised over half a million …

Natural world faces its biggest ever threat, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's natural environment is facing its greatest ever threat, the veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned MPs and peers last night as he backed a new initiative to save life on earth.<p>The BBC naturalist was speaking as Prince Albert II of Monaco signed a new deal with Cambridge …

Unleash Unlimited Depth Of Field

<i>Finished Image. Craig Blacklock defied the limits of depth of field and diffraction to create this image. He created the series of exposures shown</i> …

Tutorials

6 tips for better Wildlife Photography

If you’ve been watching the latest David Attenborough moments in Planet Earth II, you may be wondering how you too can photograph the illusive snow …

Magical Photos of Winter in Finland Under the Northern Lights

Born and based in beautiful Lapland, Finland, nature photographer Tiina Törmänen is never short on inspiration. A real-life winter wonderland, the Finnish Lapland is renowned for its sparkling, snowy landscapes lit by starry skies and the spectacular Northern Lights. Törmänen captures this seasonal …

12 Photos That Will Convince You That Bavaria Has the Most Magical Forests in the World

Chances are, that if you've seen any magical photos of a forest on the Internet, they've been taken in Bavaria. The Bavarian Forest, a part of which belongs to the Bavarian National Park, is a low-mountain region in Germany that's any nature lovers dream. In 1970, the Bavarian National Park was …

Slovenia's unique sleeps: camping, glamping and offbeat lodgings

Blessed with natural splendour in abundance, Slovenia has been crafting itself a well-deserved reputation for clean, green travel. To supplement its outdoorsy appeal, quirky accommodation is springing up in the scenic countryside, and clever locals are embracing and redefining one of the travel …

A nature lover's guide to Orkney, Scotland

Orkney is a treasure trove of human history, and its riches range from standing stones that predate the Pyramids to battleships sunk or scuttled during two world wars. But while the cultural heritage of this archipelago off the northeastern tip of Scotland is compelling, Orkney is home to something …

Stavanger's outdoor adventures

Built on the riches of oil, Stavanger conceals a pristine old town of timber houses that twists down to its high-spirited port. There’s plenty to hold you in the city now urban regeneration has got a grip, with everything from street art tours to sushi fine-dining, but the real treasures lie in its …

Exploring the first forest: Białowieża National Park

In eastern Poland, straddling the border with Belarus, is an ancient forest where wild European bison roam.<p>That’s reason enough to visit Białowieża National Park, but its greenery is a marvel too, little touched by human activity and home to numerous species of animals and plants.<p>While borders and …

Frosted sloes escape both bottle and beak

<b>Wolsingham, Weardale</b> Most hedgerow blackthorns are brutally trimmed but these small trees, unpruned and unharvested by birds, are laden with fruit<p>In early May, this blackthorn thicket had been smothered in the most spectacular display of blossom that I had ever seen and I made a mental note to …

Crystals

Hogweed magic mocks the cold snap

<b>Wenlock Edge, Shropshire</b> Defying the season, the flowering hedge-bank plant has an irrepressible urge to burst forth<p>A hogweed blooms in the violet breath of shadows on the lane. Where garden roses are bred to keep flowering compulsively in a desperate denial of the season, the hogweed (<i>Heracleum</i> …

Hogweed

Life and death on a Highland road

<b>Leys Castle, Inverness</b> The carcass would not last long with so many scavengers around and I expected that night a fox would carry it off to eat at leisure<p>Driving down the hill the other day, I spotted a casualty on the road ahead, and knew by its size that it was a brown hare. Of all the creatures …

Roads

Fair-weather badgers—how appearances can be deceptive in climate change ecology

How many people cycle to work in Oxford? Census the number of people cycling in on a sunny summer day and you will surely get a higher estimate than …

Three Reasons to Book Your British Staycation in the Lake District

The Deadlift. It is the quintessential weightlifting exercise. According to David Robson, a bodybuilder, personal trainer and contributor to …

Exercise