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Nature Holidays in the UK

While it can be nice to have sun holidays that focused on relaxing and enjoying the rays, it can be fun to change things up once in awhile. One great way to enjoy the outdoors is by planning a holiday based around nature. There are plenty of nature holidays that can be found right here in the UK.

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The Scottish Wildlife Trust has 120 wildlife reserves for people to enjoy. The largest one is in the remote area of Ben Mor Coigach in Sutherland. There are 5,000 hectares full of hill walking opportunities which is perfect for bird watching. There is also a wonderful walk along the coast called The Postman’s Path where it is sometimes possible to see sharks and dolphins if your timing is right.

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Snowdonia National Park in the Llyn Peninsula in Wales is ideal for those that enjoy a diverse landscape and hiking. Snowdon mountain resides here which is the largest mountain in Wales and England standing at 1,085m. Cardigan Bay is also part of the 840 square meter park and is a great way to take enjoy the sound of the sea.

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There are 224 National Nature Reserves in England covering 94,400 hectares. The largest and most popular is the Wash National Nature Reserve. It is the most important wetland site in the UK as it supports thousands of birds year round and is quite a sight. In the winter there are plenty of brent geese and pink footed geese to watch. It is also one of the best breeding areas for seals in the UK.

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One other wonderful place to enjoy nature in the UK is in Murlough Nature Reserve, County Down, Northern Ireland owned by the National Trust. While this is much smaller in comparison to the others at only 697 acres, there is plenty to see. It is great for hill walking and bird watching as it is at the edge of Dundrum Bay with the Mourne Mountains as part of its landscape. There are over 600 species of butterflies and moths to enjoy while walking through the woodlands, so make sure to bring your camera.

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