What is the best way to preserve nature? To minimise our impact upon the natural environment.
There are many ways to do this of course, but one of the biggest polluters is the car, so reducing our use of this gas-guzzling mode of transport is one of the best ways to cut emissions. Think of all the areas of countryside that have been hacked apart to make way for roads because we rely so heavily on our cars. We still need cars, but we need to think a little more consciously about our use of them.
The UK has a rich biodiversity. However, due to pollution and the built environment encroaching onto the natural environment, this biodiversity is being eroded. Most people in the UK know very little about the wildlife we share this landmass with and maybe if we all knew a little bit more about it, we might be less inclined to damage it.
A great way to explore the UK’s nature reserves, National Parks, and other areas of outstanding natural beauty is by bike. The British countryside is undoubtedly beautiful but we often forget this, or don’t take the time to enjoy it when we are speeding along in a car.
Even in the South East, the most densely populated part of the UK, there is still plenty of wildlife to spot. Even surrounding London, in Richmond Park, the Lees Valley and Thames Marshes, you’ll find wildlife thriving and flourishing in even the most surprising places. Cycling in these areas is great for families as there are many cycle paths and the region is largely flat. The Richmond Park loop is about 7 miles and if you get there early, you can do it at pace for a really good workout. Just be careful of other users of course.
The Welsh coast, particularly around Cardigan Bay and along the Pembrokeshire Coast is one of the UK’s best marine wildlife watching locations. From Minke, Pilot, Fin and Killer whales to dolphins, Grey seals and Basking shares there is something to see all year round is you have a keen eye and some patience. The cycling is fantastic as the coastline gently undulates as steep cliffs flow down into flat, fertile river valleys. There are plenty of off-road paths too.
Being the least populated region of the British Isles Scotland’s wildlife is unrivalled anywhere else in Britain. It is particularly good for bird and marine wildlife. There are Golden eagles to be seen at Lock Shiel, Sea eagles fly over the Isle of Mull and ospreys nest at the Lock of the Loewes. Cycling here is more challenging but this along with the outstanding wildlife watching opportunities make it worthwhile.