From Andes to Amazon: trekking through the Bolivian jungle

From Andes to Amazon: trekking through the Bolivian jungle

The real-life hero of adventure film Jungle helped set up an ecolodge in Bolivia’s Madidi national park – a wild destination for trekkers, and a ray of light for a hunter-gatherer community under threat Branches came crashing down and leaves tumbled around me. Over my head, a howler monkey was putting on a display, standing upright, chest puffed out, pelting me with whatever was at hand. Eventually, realising that this grinning biped wasn’t going anywhere, he gave up, sat astride his lofty branch and went back to eating fruit. That…

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Five of the UK's best birdwatching sites

Five of the UK's best birdwatching sites

Interested in birdwatching around the UK? As Walthamstow welcomes its new wetlands reserve, we select five other great spots to take flight to for feathery figures Rathlin Island, the northernmost point of Northern Ireland, is home to the country’s biggest seabird colony. The star is the puffin, which arrives in April to breed and heads back out to sea in late July. Other birds to see at the West Light Seabird Centre, a refurbished lighthouse, include razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars. The Roonivoolin Reserve in the south of the island…

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Wild in Walthamstow: Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens

Wild in Walthamstow: Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens

Europe’s biggest urban wetlands open on Friday. Few locals knew of it before but now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for free • Plus: Five great UK birdwatching sites We’re strolling along Songbird Walk, beneath a row of waterside poplars very like ones Monet painted in Normandy. The October sky is grey but the footpath is lined with wildflowers: yellow gorse, purple knapweed, white campion. With a liquid twittering, a flock of goldfinches swoop overhead, then a clear, penetrating song bursts from the bushes…

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Take the kids to … Woodlands Family Theme Park, Totnes, Devon

Take the kids to … Woodlands Family Theme Park, Totnes, Devon

Play zones and rides – outdoors and in – make this woodland-set Devon attraction a family treat, plus there’s plenty of half-term Halloween activities on the horizon, too Set in woods (as the name suggests) in the south-west Devon countryside, this is the largest family theme park in the county. The multiple zones range from a petting zoo-farm and toddler village, to Ninja and Action zones, drop slides and faster rides for bigger kids (and adults!), not forgetting the watercoasters. Continue reading… Read the full story

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