Bamburgh Castle and reflection in Bamburgh Beach tidal pools, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, Europe
Guide to Britain's castles: history and best to visit

From the ravens of the Tower of London, to remote medieval ruins, Britain's sprawling castles retain a sense of heritage in our cities and countryside.

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The author of On Gallows Down, which has just won the 2022 Richard Jefferies book award, discusses her writing journey – and urges us to fight for the nature we hold dear.

Bristol Zoological Society has been rearing white-clawed crayfish for release into safe rivers, following threats from the introduction of an invasive American species

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One of 12 baby calves, linked to the ancient British White cattle breed, has been born at the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a reintroduction programme.

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Wildlife to spot, places to visit and plants to forage for this month

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BBC Countryfile Magazine Podcast

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Our pick of the best walking and camping gear for outdoor adventures

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