One of the few beneficial side-effects of the pandemic is that many of us have been taking more notice of the wildlife on our doorsteps, from raptors and waders to hedgehogs and even orcas. Animals became emboldened as sites usually busy with visitors stayed closed for much of the year – stoats, weasels and badgers were reported visiting the gardens of national houses. Special interest groups have popped up on social media to share sightings, such as the Self Isolating Bird Club on Facebook, and people have been downloading apps to identify plants and bird calls on their mobile phones. So, this week we’d like you to share your best nature spots of the spring and summer. Were you one of the lucky few to see orcas in Strangford Lough, owls at Ham House, or Kashmiri goats in Llandudno?
Please ensure your tip stays at about 100 words.
If you have taken a great photograph of the experience, please feel free to send it in – though it is your words that will be judged for the competition. Keep your tip to about 100 words.
The best tip of the week, chosen by travel expert Tom Hall, will win a £200 voucher from glamping specialist Canopy & Stars, which has more than 700 places to stay amid nature. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website.
We’re sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.
If you do send photographs please ensure you are the copyright holder.
The competition closes on 15 September at 10am BST
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