Nature Nerds | Summer in the British Uplands

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We’ve asked nature enthusiast and Trash Free Trails ambassador, Rosie Holdsworth, to write us a series of pieces highlighting the sights beyond the trail. Out of the wreckage of 2020 has blossomed one small positive in the shape of people getting to know (and care) about their local areas a bit more. For many, this has precipitated a newfound appreciation for and interest in the natural world.  What will you see if you look closely?I’ve certainly noticed that more and more people (often those I least expect) are asking me about creatures and plants they’ve happened upon on their rides and I’m thrilled to be able to bore them to death with identification tips.  I’ll be aiming to keep these ramblings bicycle-journey focussed and will try not get too carried away with primary feathers or inflorescences – we’re all friends here. I’m certainly no photographer, and lots of nature has an annoying habit of buggering off as soon as you point a camera at it. So, dear reader, you’ll also be indulging my habit for hastily arranged illustrations. Summer in the Uplands What a time of year to start! You can’t help but be battered by nature as soon as you swing your leg over a bike. As the sun breaks through and we all look forward to a summer of staycationing, lots of us will be heading to the hills with our bikes, so that’s where I’m going to focus my attention here: our glorious British uplands.  Where is...

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