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Bear with me while I focus…….

Fancy the idea of standing ten metres from an advancing polar bear grab without a fence to protect you? That’s something I experienced near the town of Churchill in Manitoba, Canada. Approximately 850 people live in Churchill, which is known as the polar bear capital of the world. It’s one of the few permanent settlements…

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#100DaysWild, a celebration of British summer wildlife

I love summer in Britain – but I also I hate it. Our country’s wildlife is at its most varied and most bounteous – but the quandary is that there is simply not enough time to see it all. May, for example, is the month that refuses to wait. What blooms or sings one week…

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Bush fire – image shortlisted for award

Isabel Conway’s image of Maasai warriors making fire in Amboseli National Reserve Kenya has been shortlisted for the inaugural Travel Media Ireland travel photo of the year. Three other photographs were also shortlisted and the winner will be announced at the annual Travel Media awards in Dublin on May 20. She writes:  “No wonder Amboseli…

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Comeback for the lynx?

Will wild lynx make a comeback in British forests? Peter Lynch went to Germany to see how they have been reintroduced there. Britain is in its umpteenth year of debating whether to bring back the extinct lynx back to some remote, forested areas of the UK. These magnificent creatures were wiped out in Britain hundreds…

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#100DaysWild: A Summer of British Wildlife

Given that you are flicking through the British Guild of Travel Writers’ website, I wager that you already appreciate how intoxicating travel can be. So too living in and exploring foreign climes. For the final half of the Noughties, I was fortunate to live in Argentina, courtesy of my-then diplomat wife (then-diplomat, you understand; she…

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Rhino tracking on Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

As dawn breaks over the game reserve soft, clear light spreads over 22,000 hectares of wild, sub-tropical scrubland. Animals are already out feeding and many of the big cats are still prowling and searching for prey to fill their empty bellies. I ready myself to join our safari. But on this crisp, clear African morning…