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Moor than meets the eye

In this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits Rannoch Moor, a plateau of bog in the Scottish Highlands, shaped by its glacial geography as well as the fraught history of the people who used to live there

Water Wall

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole explores Birmingham’s Gas Street canal basin
The Lincolnshire Wolds still bear the indelible impressions of numerous medieval villages that have long since returned to the soil. But it's the rolling hills and chalk streams that draw visitors today
Riven with river valleys and dotted with Iron Age hillforts, the Blackdown Hills are being opened up by a new trail system to improve access and preserve the region

Out of the box

For centuries, crowds have descended – or ascended – on Box Hill in Surrey. For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole finds out why
A look at the UK’s smallest mainland AONB, which encompasses the largest surviving area of lowland heath in the Midlands and once acted as a training ground for more than half a million soldiers
Climate change is pushing parts of Cornwall further and further into subtropical territory, making it feasible to grow several new crops

The hole story

This month’s Discovering Britain trail takes Laura Cole underground into the secret caves of Nottingham
The largest inlet in the British Isles, Strangford Lough is a magnet for wildlife, from brent geese to basking sharks. Now, the fast-flowing narrows are a testing ground for renewable energy technology
Watch the RGS-IBG debate on what could happen to the environment in the wake of a UK exit from the European Union
With the future of Britain’s agriculture and environment now in the hands of Andrea Leadsom, various groups have aired views on what should happen next
As the UK’s – and London’s – housing situation has tumbled towards ‘crisis’ in recent years, over 11 million people are now housed in the private rental market. The RGS-IBG’s 21st Century Challenges team explores the rise of the long-term…

Reading the waters

For this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole talks to Tristan Gooley, author and ‘Natural Navigator’, about one of his favourite viewpoints
The recent Scottish parliament elections raised the expected issues of things like education and healthcare, but another less mainstream subject also caught the attention of both the public and politicians and continues to reverberate – the so-called Scottish land question,…
Despite suffering regular batterings by the Atlantic Ocean, the Isles of Scilly are a haven for unusual plant and animal species— but the threat of sea-level rise is a real cause for concern in this AONB

Minecraft village

In this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits the Victorian slum forgotten by Britain, but treasured overseas

Dieback fight back

A 200-year-old tree named ‘Betty’ is helping identify genetic tolerance to ash dieback disease

Little white lies

In our first look at Discovering Britain’s new viewpoints, Laura Cole visits the Seven Sisters in East Sussex to find a scene you’re probably familiar with

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