These UK nature sites, from a new book, Wild and Free, offer abundant wildlife within an hour’s drive of a city or town, making them perfect for a day trip
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These locations have been chosen with several criteria in mind. They are all free to enter, they all have good wildlife for at least part of the year, and are all within an hour’s drive of a large town or city. Many are off the beaten track, or at least low profile, without signposts or a website, and that is a deliberate choice. One of the great joys of Britain is its profusion of unheralded nooks and crannies. Many of these sites are nature reserves, lovingly preserved and looked after. They deserve more recognition.
All the locations are good for wildlife, but they don’t all provide sightings on a plate, nor do they necessarily provide facilities such as cafés or loos. The best plan is to bring a picnic and plenty of water so that you can roam wherever the fancy takes you.