Charlotte Rixon

Freelance Nature, Wildlife & Outdoor Journalist, Writer & Blogger

I am a freelance journalist specialising in nature, wildlife, gardening, travel and environmental issues. I am also the communications coordinator for The Tree Council, the UK's leading charity for trees in any setting.

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Wildlife & Nature

How can we reconnect children with the natural world? | Love Nature
Not so very long ago, roaming through the woods, climbing trees, building dens and generally having a wild time would have been considered part and parcel of a normal, healthy...
Relocation and recovery: Pine martens are moving back to Wales | Love Nature
Once upon a time, much of Britain was covered by the wildwood. Amongst the rich diversity of trees and shrubs, arboreal species thrived, including the pine marten ( martes...
Life of the foxes surviving in suburbia | Love Nature
It's a curious paradox that those of us living in urban and suburban parts of the UK often rub shoulders more closely with wildlife than country folk do. But how did these...
Against all odds: The incredible story of the Amur tiger | Love Nature
Those were the wise words of American writer and environmentalist Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) who truly understood the significance of conserving this most beautiful...
A 5,000-year-old tree in Scotland is changing sex | Love Nature
Something strange is happening to Britain's oldest tree: it appears to be changing sex. Reputed to be 5,000 years old, the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, Scotland, has awed...
Problem parakeets: The birds taking over London's skies | Love Nature
Every evening, in almost every major park in London, ring-necked or rose-ringed parakeets ( Psittacula krameri) can be seen (and heard) roosting in their hundreds and thousands....
Rewilding Britain | Love Nature
Rewilding Britain , a new charity, spearheaded by environmentalist George Monbiot, launched in 2015-its objective to 'make Britain a wilder place'. We take a look what rewilding...
New research offers hope on ash dieback
The UK's ash trees may have been thrown a lifeline thanks to the breakthrough discovery of an ash tree showing strong tolerance to the devastating fungal disease, ash dieback. A...
Why do some animals exhibit homosexual behaviour? | Love Nature
Once dismissed as a scientific anomaly, a growing body of research suggests that homosexual behaviour is surprisingly common throughout the natural world. According to Petter...
Escape to the Forest of Dean: a landslip, a Loop, and a little leap
For her first solo walk, Charlotte Rixon escaped London for a day hike in the Forest of Dean. Here she tells us how she tackled a landslip, a Loop, and a little leap. One...
First ever sighting of a glowing sea turtle | Love Nature
Biofluorescence-the ability to emit luminescent neon colours-has been observed in a sea turtle for the first time. Marine biologist David Gruber and his team from City...
Scientists struggle to explain the mystery of mass starling drownings | Love Nature
Wild birds rarely die from drowning, and when they do, it's usually an isolated incident. Yet, over the years, there have been several mysterious accounts of groups of common...
What happens when a swan meets a weasel? | Love Nature
A dramatic encounter between a young weasel and a curious swan has been captured on camera by an amateur photographer at a nature reserve in Scotland. RSPB volunteer Billy Blair...
Legal protection secured for whales against harmful U.S. Navy sonar | Love Nature
The U.S. Navy has agreed to restrict its use of sonar and explosives off the coasts of Southern California and Hawaii in a landmark settlement that will protect whales and...
Communities go wild for urban food growing initiative
The Tree Council is helping to reconnect town and city dwellers to the natural environment while introducing them to the joys of urban food forestry through an exciting new...
New photographic record of one of the world's rarest wild cats | Love Nature
Andean cats-one of the world's most elusive felines-have been captured on camera at a nature reserve in Chile for the first time. Close-up footage of a female Andean cat (...
Island toad population cleared of killer amphibian fungus | Love Nature
A deadly fungus that has been decimating amphibians worldwide for decades has been eradicated from an island population of wild toads, thanks to a breakthrough study....
How do you stop an animal from eating a poisonous toad? By feeding it sausages! | Love Nature
Conservationists in Australia are serving up nauseating sausages to a population of northern quolls, in a novel attempt to educate the endangered marsupials about the perils of...
Incredibly rare deepwater animal found in Scotland | Love Nature
Marine biologists have found a rare deepwater shark off the coast of Scotland, which they have nicknamed a 'sofa shark' due to its 'saggy, chilled out' appearance. Dr Francis...
Moths & Myths
They can be more beautiful than butterflies and just as important to our biodiversity. We should love moths, says Charlotte Rigby
Seahorses could be extinct within 30 years | Love Nature
Seahorses could become extinct within three decades if action is not taken to stop the sale of dead marine life as curiosities, conservationists have warned. Undercover research...
New monkey species discovered in Peru | Love Nature
A new species of monkey has been discovered living in a remote stretch of the Peruvian Amazon and, unlike other recent primate discoveries, it is not facing extinction....
One in five Brits hate bats | Love Nature
Bats have been voted the UK's third least favourite mammal after rats and mice in a recent survey, with one in five respondents claiming to dislike or hate them. Women, young...
Go nuts for Red Squirrel Week | Love Nature
It's Red Squirrel Week and The Wildlife Trusts are encouraging people in certain parts of the UK to keep an eye out for signs of these much-loved but critically endangered...
Pine martens seen in England for the first time in 100 years | Love Nature
A small population of pine martens has been discovered living in Shropshire, after being thought extinct in England for a century. The first sighting of a pine marten in 100...
Gardeners urged to help hedgehogs | Love Nature
Over 30,000 gardeners have pledged to help Britain's dwindling hedgehog population by cutting holes in their garden fences, as part of the 'Hedgehog Street' initiative. British...
What noise does a giraffe make? It hums... | Love Nature
Every schoolchild knows that lions roar, hyenas laugh and elephants trumpet, but they may be hard pressed to identify the signature sound of giraffes. This could soon change...
Devon Hedge Tree Competition winners announced
Glenn, Della and John Bealey from Week Farm near Great Torrington have been awarded first prize in the Devon Hedge Tree Competition. The competition, which is designed to...
HS2 threatens 100 ancient woods | Love Nature
Nearly 100 of Britain's precious ancient woods could be lost or damaged during the construction of the first phase of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail line, the Woodland Trust has...

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