A Golden Eagle has been spotted in Wales for the first time since 1990, but where else can you encounter some of the UK’s best wildlife?
Cairngorms National Park –
Over 25% of Britain’s threatened species thrive at Cairngorms in Scotland, which at 3,800 sq km is Britain’s largest national park.
What’s there: The elusive Scottish wildcat, more golden eagles and capercaillies can all be spotted, along with Scottish crossbills and wild reindeer.
Tell me more: www.cairngorms.co.uk
Lundy Island –
Now England's only Marine Nature Reserve, Lundy Island is a haven for underwater wildlife and is situated 10 miles off the coast of Devon.
What’s there: A tonne of life including basking sharks, dolphins, grey seals and porpoises.
Tell me more: www.lundyisland.co.uk
New Forest –
Hampshire's New Forest is a walker's or cyclist's paradise with miles and miles of untouched woodland.
What’s there: Four species of deer; the red deer, roe deer, fallow deer, sika deer; reptiles including the adder and sand lizard, and a wide array of insects such as stag beetles.
Tell me more: www.thenewforest.co.uk
Farne Islands –
The Farnes, located two miles off the coast of Northumberland, were voted David Attenborough's favourite place to visit for wildlife in the UK.
What’s there: Grey seals plus over 23 species of bird including puffins, razorbills and Arctic terns.
Tell me more: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands
Brownsea Island -
Another island, this time near the Dorset coast, Brownsea Island is entirely owned by the National Trust, hopefully ensuring its wildlife remains to be enjoyed by visitors for a long time.
What's there: Red squirrel, wild peacocks, avocets, herons, sika deer.
Tell me more: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island/
|A red squirrel - grey squirrels have never been introduced on the island|
Isle of Mull -
The Isle of Mull is one of the best places in the UK to catch some of the rarest wildlife we have to offer, and well worth the very long trip!
What's there: Killer whales, humpback whales, basking sharks, otters, seals, golden eagles, white-tailed eagles and short eared owls.
Tell me more: www.isle-of-mull.net
|The Isle of Mull is one of the best places in the UK to spot Killer Whales|
|The town of Tobermory|
We all love days out with the family, but we can all relate to these five things that make you question whether that day out is worthwhile after all…
1. Long Car Journeys
Fasten your seatbelts parents; it’s going to be a long ride. Three excited, screaming kids in the back of the car as you’re speeding along the mortorway at 70mph is not want you want for three hours, but that’s exactly what you’ll be getting.
|But they seem so cute...|
2. Extortionate Prices
You thought your local high street was expensive, try that gift shop or fast food outlet and add a couple of quid to every single food & drink item. And we won’t even mention the entry prices… *gulp*
|That'll be £6.99 please|
3. Queue Jumpers
There must be someone out there inventing something entertaining to do while queuing. Quite simply the dullest ‘activity’ forced upon you, your boredom turns to rage as you see an individual stroll through a queue without so much as a peep from the polite, mild mannered persons such as yourself.
4. Poor Manners
Continuing nicely from No. 3, poor manners in any shape or form has to be one of the most annoying things when on a day out. Try not to get too stressed up, breathe deeply, and tell yourself you are likely to never see that person again…
5. Broken Or Closed Exhibits
You’ve travelled 50 miles and your eager child can’t wait to check out that awesome new science exhibit or go on the new rollercoaster. Oh wait. They can’t. Because it’s shut. No warnings on website, no refunds, unhappy child. Extremely annoying.
|I don't think we can go this way kids...|