After several unconfirmed sightings of the animal in recent months, Portuguese authorities have confirmed that a brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) has been spotted in Portugal for the first time since the species was hunted to extinction in 1843.
A crystal blue January sky and oaks glazed with frost welcomed us on what was the first official conservation day of 2019. Frozen blades of grass crunched underfoot, as our merry band of volunteers wandered through this wintry scene to kick start what we hope will be an exciting, fun filled and productive year on the nature reserve.
‘Plop’ a sound that was once frequently heard along the banks of the Hogsmill, as a startled water vole lunges from the bankside into the relative safety of the river.
A National Park. When I hear these three words my mind immediately floods with fond memories. Whether it’s rowing across Lake Windermere, struggling up Brecon in the snow or clinging on to a rock-face for dear life in the Peak District, all while being immersed in a stunning landscape.