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The Shropshire Hills are often overlooked by tourists but are filled with unusual sights and species including ancient holly trees and freshwater mussels

A wing and a prayer

The UK’s butterfly population has suffered significant declines since the 1970s, although detailed surveys indicate small signs of optimism

Borrowed time

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Laura Cole to Heathrow’s hidden medieval village
On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is an AONB whose reservoirs and ruins reveal its uses for both practical and pleasurable purposes
Treacherous quicksand and booming birds – a look at Britain’s smallest AONB

The UK’s best walks

Looking for a long walk for the winter holidays? Geographical has compiled a list of top UK walks

The peoples’ forest

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Laura Cole to the ancient woodland of Epping Forest
Winners announced in the prestigious annual photography competition
Geography is one of the broader disciplines when it comes to higher education, as demonstrated by this examination of some of its most interesting and distinct undergraduate modules
The National Trust aims to lead the way on embracing natural solutions to adapt the UK’s coasts to better deal with future erosion, flooding and sea level rise

Pound for pound

Exeter has joined the likes of Brixton, Stroud, Lewes, Totnes and Bristol by launching its own spending alternative to Sterling

Counting the coast

Fifty years after an historic National Trust coastal survey, a follow-up report has unveiled the extent to which the UK’s coastlines have changed since 1965

A rail runs through it

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Chris Fitch along a sea-battered stretch of South Devon
How do the Abbey Gardens on Tresco survive the battering of salt, water and wind? The answer lies in hedging
An AONB where coordinated efforts are underway to preserve the rural idyll and countryside character that belies its location just south of Greater London

The heart of Wessex

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Laura Cole deep into Hardy country
Stretching from the Strule Valley to Lough Neagh, the Sperrins AONB encompasses a glaciated landscape that’s rich in history and contains internationally important blanket bog

The Weiwei way

From 19 September, the Royal Academy of Art in London will exhibit one of China’s most political artists, Ai Weiwei. Geographical explores the artist’s relationship with the counterfeit culture in China

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