Letting loose the lynx, taking ultralight backpacking too far, an outdoor election, and throwing in the apostrophe towel.
‘Forgotten’ elm tree set to make a comeback – I’m too young to remember a landscape with large elm trees. It’s nice to think that future generations might be able to enjoy this.
Urgency needed to tackle red deer numbers, warn charities – ‘These issues are closely connected to meeting the obligations of the Scottish Government’s climate emergency and halting drastic biodiversity decline. We need a sense of urgency to protect and restore our woodlands and peatlands.’
Let loose the lynx! – ‘If lynx are reintroduced successfully, and Britons grow used to sharing these islands with proper predators again — not just foxes and wildcats and birds of prey — then we could think bigger.’
Eight-foot whale found washed up on Thames shore – this is tragic.
Long-distance hiking, nature, and the outdoors
10 tips for a winter bothy visit – solid tips from John Burns here on winter bothying.
30 Signs You May Have Taken Ultralight Backpacking Too Far – guilty as charged on many of these.
A Slovenian Epic: Solo in the Julian Aps – Emily Woodhouse has had an adventure in the Slovenian Alps.
December begins with a monochrome day in the Cairngorms – moody, almost colourless images of the Cairngorms from Chris Townsend.
Election 2019 – What Do Party Promises Mean for the Outdoors? – this is an excellent roundup of the nature, environmental and access promises made by all the major parties in the 2019 General Election.
L2H day 0-1: full moon in Aries – Carrot Quinn has begun blogging about her thru-hike of the Lowest to Highest Route. Here’s the first instalment.
Writing and editing
Apostrophe campaign ends due to ‘ignorance and laziness’ – pour one out.
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