As the government is kick-starting plans to re-create a new Northern Forest between a belt spanning through Manchester, Leeds and Bradford, environmentalist welcome the idea of 50 million new trees between planted. But there are fears that ministers will continue to allow the destruction and transformation of ancient woodland and other natural wildlife areas. The UK is one of the European countries with the lowest tree coverage and with the most endangered wildlife. Changing the British mindset to protect green living will take time, but you can take the first step by introducing your children to some of the greenest isles in Great Britain.
What to pack?
Planning a wildlife-centred holiday can sound a little tricky, especially if you’re used to resorts and cosy hotels. You might prefer to wake up surrounded by nature without the restraints of a hotel room. Camping is the perfect solution to rediscover the forgotten British wildlife. If you’re not excited at the idea of sleeping under a tent, you might prefer to look on MotorhomeFreedom.com for a more comfortable solution. A motorhome is an ideal compromise, allowing you to wake up to the sound of birds without losing the necessary comfort. Pack a pair of binoculars, hiking boots and a birds book with you, as you’ll spend a lot of time rediscovering Nature!
Isle of Wight
The Northern Forest will take years to spread. In the meantime, you can still visit the New Forest which is the perfect habitat for the local wildlife. Just a short boat ride away, you can find the Isle of Wight, the first green isle of your wildlife holiday. Its privileged location has made the best island the refuge for several endangered and unique animal sanctuaries. Additionally, you can also spot red squirrels in their natural habitats and train your eyes to recognise birds at Newtown Creek.
Isle of Mull
Located on the western coast of Scotland, the Isle of Mull has an almost unique wildlife abundance for the UK. In fact, according to Isle-of-Mull.net, the small isle is referred by birdwatchers as Eagle Island. It is, in fact, the best place in the UK to admire white-tailed and golden Eagles. Not an enthusiastic birdwatcher? You can spend a few nights along the coast facing the Treshnish Isles to spot playful seals and dolphins in the waters instead. Towards the end of the summer, you can even see Basking sharks and killer whales around the Western Headlands. And finally, drive carefully on the island, as there are still many red deers roaming freely and peacefully in its heart.
Last, but not least, You’ll find the Orkney Islands by the northeast coast of Scotland. You will need to take the A9 through Scotland and book a ferry to cross to the island. As a result of its small population, Orkney enjoys a rich wildlife and undamaged prehistoric monuments. The locals are currently observing a pair of Sea Eagles that has tried to nest on the island for the past few years. Fingers crossed for 2018! You will be able to observe puffins, owls and gannets easily, without mentioning the rich maritime wildlife!
Hopefully, these holiday ideas will make you fall in love again with the British wildlife. Maybe you’ll even find yourself joining local organisations to help protect the natural habitats in your region.