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Questions tagged [uk]

Questions specific to the United Kingdom, including England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

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How can a Common Kingfisher bird balance on a tiny swaying reed without moving its head?

This is a one minute video of a Common Kingfisher bird standing on a tiny reed swaying in the wind. It's from the BBC Network in England. For much of the video, especially the beginning, the bird ...
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What type of Amphibian / Lizard is this?

This morning when out on one of my usual walks I discovered an Amphibian / Lizard on the path - I did not take a picture as it had clearly been attacked at some point, it was not alive at this time, ...
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How to identify a good location to catch Signal Crayfish near River Don

Would anyone know how to identify a good location to catch Cray Fish at the River Don? I live in Doncaster (UK) and so the River Don would be ideal to catch the American Signal Crayfish. Looking at ...
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OS Map Symbols - Black Dots

Does anyone know what black dots mean on an OS Explorer map? There are a lot of them on the map of Kinder Scout in the Peak District (UK). I know the black dashed line is a footpath, I am asking ...
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Why is it undesirable for the New Forest to convert to a mature forest?

The source, Commoners of the New Forest referenced by @Liam in his answer to the question How do you become a New Forester Commoner? implies that for the New Forest to become a mature forest would be ...
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How do you become a New Forest commoner?

Exactly that... I've done some searching and it looks like a catch-22 situation: To be able to move there you need to do commoning already. But to do commoning, you need live there already. (Hmm... do ...
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Hiking/Scrambling Etiquette? (UK Specific)

I'm an American who moved to the UK 2.5 years ago but didn't start doing a lot of outdoor activities until early this year (here, specifically, as the job that moved me over was very demanding at ...
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How late/early should you pitch up/leave when wild camping in the UK/Europe?

When wild camping, the general advice I've heard is to pitch up late and leave early. However, what times are considered "late" and "early"? One thought is that sunrise and sunset would be sensible ...
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Where can I legally go hunting for rabbits with a slingshot in the UK?

Where can I hunt for rabbits with slingshots do I have to ask land owners or could I go into a forest away from people and hunt there?
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How can I photograph a kingfisher in the United Kingdom?

I want to take some photographs of Kingfishers in the United Kingdom. How do I find them, get close to them, etc? Image Source
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What UK carnivores might I find up mountains?

I found some scats that looked a lot like those of a pine marten or otter at 600-700m in the Lake District, UK. The scat was full of white claw-shaped items, possibly bone, and was 10-15cm long and ...
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Is there a reason for seeing a lot of roadkill badgers in the spring?

I spent much of today cycling around quiet country lanes in South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, and saw at least 6 dead badgers on the road. I saw a few others earlier in the week on ...
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How do I know if I've made a “first ascent”?

Last night I was walking the dog near area where I climb a lot. Above the quarry where most of the climbing happens there is a really nice natural short crag. Looking at this crag I thought there were ...
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Why is the European robin associated with winter?

Reading some of the comments on this answer: ....they're seen in the UK as winter birds. Not, I think, that they're not around in the summer; more that other birds aren't around in the winter ...
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Is it a pheasant? A grouse? What do I feed it?

I live in the United Kingdom. This cheeky fellow recently wandered into the house, scaring the life out of the missus, much to the amusement of the child. I put him out in the porch with a bit of ...
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What UK mushrooms will kill you?

I've recently gotten into foraging for mushrooms locally and have been happily eating field mushrooms and giant puffballs (these are absolutely delicious if you can find them BTW). I was reading a ...
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What are the consequences of the Lake Districts WHS status for attempts at rewilding/reforestation?

UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has declared the Lake District National Park a cultural World Heritage Site (WHS), according to criteria (ii)(v)(vi), ...
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Why would one choose to use a Harvey map rather than an Ordnance Survey map?

My wife is due to under take her Lowland Leader course in then next couple of months and she has been advised to gain experience using Harvey Maps as well as the more familiar Ordnance Survey maps. ...
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How does water depth affect swimming safety? Why do signs, especially in the UK, say “DANGER: deep water”?

In many UK lakes, I see signs prohibiting swimming with the explanation DANGER: Deep water. This link contains an example. I don't understand those signs. Why is a 30 metre deep lake more dangerous ...
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Where can I take a dip?

It's rather warm outside (32.6°C or 91 F) and I'd like to go for a swim. Having lived in The Netherlands and Sweden, I'm used to living near lakes and the fact that any surface water is by default ...
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What are the most likely causes of unfilterable water contamination in upland UK areas?

I have a new water filter, which removes bacteria and protozoa. It's tempting to imagine that I can now go around drinking from whatever revolting-looking puddles I come across, but I'm mindful that ...
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Is this fungus on a birch tree Chaga?

Once again found a fungi growing on birch and I'm not entirely sure what it is. It looks quite like the chaga fungi but I'm really not too sure! I have seen chaga in some videos before and it seemed ...
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Swimming in a river in England or Wales with a right of navigation

Some of the rivers in England and Wales are designated as having a "Right of Navigation". I understand that this is typically interpreted as meaning that you can travel along it in a boat or vessel. I'...
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What are these fungi that I've found growing on a dead birch?

What are these fungi I found on a dead birch? Initially, I thought perhaps artist's bracket or southern bracket, but now I think they might be horses hoof fungus? I'm not very knowledgeable about this ...
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What is this plant in England with large veined leaves and multi-part buds?

I was wondering if anyone could help me identify what this plant is? We have found it growing in our garden in England a few times and are unsure what it could be.
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Who should I contact if I want to have a campfire? [duplicate]

I want to have a campfire on Southport beach in a few weeks as a small birthday celebration with some friends. I was wondering who I should contact to request permission to do so, as I know it's ...
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Getting into canoeing - UK

It's been a beautiful Sunday here in the UK today and I went by the river (Thames) with my girlfriend to get some sunlight and fresh air. (We rarely do that, so that might be why I'm writing a ...
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What are some bare essentials camping spots for first-timers in England?

I've always loved going camping, from the age of about 6. I've also always loved watching Bear Grylls' various TV shows from a similar age. Already you can probably see where this is going! I ...
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Why does the 528 thickness lines only appear on weather maps in the future?

I've been learning about snow forecasting in the UK. I've learned an important feature is the atmosphere thickness, specifically the 528 line: Pressure decreases with altitude, and thickness ...
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Difference between a “path” and a “footpath”?

I was chacking a map to see access rights on a particular route I know. I was checking if a path was a bridleway or footpath as I know Mountain Bikes should only use bridleways. Studying the key ...
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Tree tapping in the UK - Time and legalities

Is it legal to tap trees on public land in the UK? I'm thinking of tapping sycamore trees in a local wood on an overnight trip in the spring. Also, am I correct in the assumption that the last week ...
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Can anyone help with identifying this tree?

The tree kind of resembles an ash but has green buds, there are pinnate leaflets with rounded tips close up of leaflets edit This tree is located in Cambidgeshire in the United Kingdom
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Drinking water in Dartmoor

Is it safe to drink water from streams in Dartmoor using simple purification methods? I'm planning a trip and am looking to filter using a Millbank bag and then boil for four minutes to kill off any ...
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Is a hand chainsaw legal to carry in the UK

I've picked up a hand chainsaw for the woods as it's cheap and an amazing bit of kit. UK law states the legal carry for a knife is less than 3 inches and must be a non-locking folding blade. Will I ...
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Swift, Swallow or House Martin?

What are the identifying features that allow you to tell the difference between these 3 common UK summer visitors? I've been looking at the RSBP advice but it seems that a swift and a house martin ...
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Did I see an Osprey?

My friends think that I'm mad, but I'm pretty sure I saw an Osprey the other day. Could anyone confirm that what I observed is an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) or, at least, Osprey-ish? I saw the bird ...
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Deer activity in the wet

Over the years, when out walking and on my commute through the countryside I've noticed that, when it's intensely pouring with rain, Roe deer seems to come out of the forests into open fields to eat. ...
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How to differentiate between a Hobby and a Kestrel?

I often see Kestrel's in the countryside around my house (Hobby & Kestrel). I live outside of the range of hobby's so I don't really see them. But if I did, how do you differentiate between them? ...
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What locations to scuba dive inland in the UK?

My husband and I are learning to Scuba dive this year with a friend. We're doing the SSI courses, which require a large number of dives to progress through each qualification. Open Water through to ...
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Largest protected forest (ancient woodland) in England?

I live in England and I like forests. Where do I find the largest protected forest in England? By protected I mean: no commercial logging (management logging is OK considering no forests without it ...
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What to do with a wet dog while camping

I thought about this question a while ago and have yet to find an answer. We have a small two person tent, just enough for my wife and I, and our dog. The issue is drying said dog when it is raining. ...
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How to start foraging in the UK?

For someone who has never done it before, what is the best way to start learning how to forage in the UK? Do you require anything specific to start doing this?
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Prohibited to walk through/over historical significant areas?

I'm wondering if one has to be careful while hiking through historical significant areas. Let's say there is a Celtic grave which is pretty good excavated. Am I allowed to walk over it? I'm asking ...
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Are there any inedible seaweeds on the UK coastline?

So I'm quite into foraging, and seaweed (the real thing not chinese take away stuff...) is supposedly very nutritious for you and very easy to forage up, but are there any seaweeds which are not ...
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What locations am I likely to find sloe bushes?

After reading @Aravona's question on the best time to pick sloe berries, I was wondering where I should actually go to find sloe bushes. I think I can recognise them from pictures online, but are ...
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What time of year is best to forage sloes in the UK?

What is the best time of year and conditions required to pick Sloes, in the UK, for gin and jellies?
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Can you identify flying bats?

I've noticed a lot of bats around my house recently. I'd love to know what type of bat they are but all I see is a silhouetted glimpse as they dart past. Is there anyway to identify what types of bat(...
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What type of bird seed attracts the most amount of birds?

When looking for bird seed (particularly this time of year, Autumn) what kind of bird seed should I be using to attract the most amount of birds into the garden? Is the seed even important or will any ...
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Is there a difference between Trail and Fell running?

I recently read an article by Ordinance Survey about trail runners for beginners (my interest has sparked due to my recent uptake of running which I do cross country through parks and fields), in ...
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BMC Discount on Climbing Walls

What does the BMC membership discount encompass? Is it just climbing and mountaineering shops or is it other paid for services? More specifically, would the BMC membership discount apply to the ...