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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Seeds of Change

This autumn, I led a group of neighbours on a walk around our local park. It wasn’t your bog-standard autumnal tree walk. Instead of simply admiring the seasonal display, we...

Love 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

Treecouncil

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...

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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...

London Hiker

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

The Tree Council

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...

Love Nature

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 (...

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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....

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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...