Finally, (dare I say it), summer is here and what a difference it makes to everything in the garden as well as to ourselves, we definitely all feel better and happier and just in time for the school holidays and of course the Olympic Games too. Whilst we have this warm weather we should get out, explore and enjoy our environment.
Next week 30th July – 5th August is National Parks Week, why not visit one of the 15 National Parks in the UK, there are:
- 10 in England – The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lake District, the New Forest, Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales
- 2 in Scotland – Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
- 3 in Wales – the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia
they are areas of protected countryside that everyone can visit, with four main types of habitat:
- Woodlands and Forests,
- Wetlands, Lakes and Rivers
- Meadows and Grasslands.
Visiting a National Park can be as energetic or as relaxing as you want with endless activities to choose from: Walking, Hiking, Dog Walking, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Water Sports and Boat Rides and even Hot Air Ballooning, have a look at the National Parks website for more details of which parks support these activities.
Don’t forget the Wildlife! National Parks are teeming with animals, birds and insects and some rare ones too including Red Squirrel, Otter, Water Vole, Osprey, Bittern and the Swallowtail Butterfly (which only lives in the Broads), take your binoculars and your wildlife diary with you and see what you can spot.
National Parks are also host to some spectacular and rare wildflowers, some of which can only be found in the National Parks, such as the Snowdon Lily in Snowdonia and the English Sandwort in the Yorkshire Dales, take your camera with you to record our stunning native wildflowers.
Whether you are at home or on holiday make a visit to a National Park near you, there are lots of things to do as well as organised events throughout the summer.
Love your environment