Stories

10 Sports To Try This Winter
 
26 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Summer is fast approaching. But before you reach for your board-shorts, why not make the most of the cold weather? From hill walking to ice-surfing, winter is the new adventure playground. This exciting pictorial features ten alternative winter sports with advice on how and where to try them.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Bristol's New Muse
 
25 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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It's one of the fastest growing sports in the country. So why does it seem that nobody east of the Avon has ever even heard of it? The Bristol Crew tells us more about their new obsession, Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing.~~Extract: You can tell a gig rower from their calloused hands, lop-sided shoulders, and a tell-tale love of sea-shanties. They might also walk with a slight gait after major races, and many will happily tell stories of ^friends^ who have had to soak their underwear off in a hot bath the morning after a big race...~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Britain's Underwater Treasures
 
25 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Why take a long-haul flight when you can get up close and personal to amazing underwater life at home? From the Shetlands to the Channel Islands, UK waters hold an astounding array of marine wildlife, with an impressive variety of diving schools to boot. With more and more people choosing to holiday closer to home, and global sea temperatures rising, now is the time to discover the oceans that surround our little island. This colourful, picture-led article features sharks, jellyfish, corals and more.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Know Your Coastal Geomorphology!
 
26 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Do you know your wave cut platforms from your tombolos? Our 20,000 miles of coastline are extremely varied and dynamic, with some landforms unique to the British Isles. This article features striking photographs from some of the country's most distinguished photographers, including Ross Hoddinott, David Noton and Guy Edwardes; all of whom show Britain's outstanding coastline in its best light.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Lighthouses
 
24 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Lighthouses have for centuries captured the imagination of poets, artists and novelists... standing brave and defiant to the full force of the oceans, keeping seafarers from a watery grave.~~Extract:...The Eddystone's lamp is said to have shone until midnight, guiding floundering ships safely into Plymouth. But by dawn, Winstanley and his lighthouse had gone and only the iron piles remained.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Living Afloat
 
26 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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About 15,000 people live afloat in the UK. So what's the attraction? I caught up with some old friends who have traded in their ground rent and noisy neighbours for a quiet life on Bristol's floating harbour.~~Extracts: ...Further along the harbour, shipwright Ben Punter is doing up his boat to live on. He was given a 60ft wooden Danish fishing boat as ^it was a wreck and its owner didn't know how else to get rid of it. I could get rid of it - that was the deal^...~~... If you're buying, make sure you get an extensive survey done, particularly of the hull. The next part is getting a mooring, which can be a black art in itself. Recent years have seen a nationally increasing demand for mooring space, and it doesn't seem to matter where you ask, you are always told there's a ten-year waiting list. A good way to get around this is to buy a boat that is already on a mooring. Something you can't do if you build your own...~~For full text or more information, please contact merryn@bluegreenpictures.com
 
Lost At Sea
 
23 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Records are made and broken, and today's great sailors amaze us with new adventures and new achievements. But let's not forget those who have gone before, and those who made sailing what it is today. This picture-led feature charts the remarkable stories of some of the world's greatest sailors, and the tragedies that befell them. Famous names include Eric Tabarly, Loic Caradec, Sir Peter Blake, Lizzie and Mike McMullen, Alain Colas, Olivier Moussy and Robert James.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Philip Stephen Q & A
 
26 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Phil Stephen comes from a long line of fishermen, and began trawling at 16. But he soon realised that most people's view of fishing - picturesque harbour scenes, calm waters and beautiful sunsets - is misguided. So he set about trying to capture the reality. He is now not only skipper on two modern trawlers, but a successful photographer as well. This question-and-answer feature is accompanied by Phil's own breathtaking images, portraying the raw extremes of life at sea.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Rebel With A Cause
 
24 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Lyme Regis' new Gig Club is preparing to take the World Championships by storm with their ground breaking first boat, Rebel. (Published)~~Extract: Cornish Pilot Gigs are special boats. Steeped in history, they were the lifeblood of Cornishmen for centuries, used for pilotage, heroic rescues and even smuggling. But launched on Sunday 29th June 2008, Lyme Regis' first gig ^Rebel^ is a very special boat. She is not only the first gig to be built using Mylar templates - Rebel is also the first ever gig to be built by a woman...
~Published in Dorset Magazine February 2009~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Red Sky At Night...
 
25 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Where does weather lore come from, and can it be trusted? Pliny the Elder started penning weather lore in the first century AD and a glut of meteorological sayings has followed; some worthwhile and some just hot air. This image-led feature explains the scientific reasoning behind sayings that can be trusted, and rebuffs those that cannot.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Seadogs
 
24 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Many boat owners are finding that dogs make perfect shipmates. But how can you keep your dog, fellow human passengers and Customs happy? This light-hearted feature explores the joys and horrors of seafaring dogs, providing useful tips on how to keep your canine and human companions happy.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Shipwreck Island
 
25 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Menorca is a diver's paradise. The island sits on a shelf adjacent to very deep waters, resulting in a unique marine environment. Some of the most diverse underwater life in the Mediterranean can be found on its rocky reefs and submarine walls, and in magnificent caves. But these azure and tranquil waters hold a deadly secret. Littered across the seabed, shipwrecks bear testimony to the darker, stormier side of these islands. This is their story. ~~Francis Abbott has been studying the wrecks of Menorca for years and has mapped many of the 420 recorded accidents and incidents that have occurred there. Francis' highly researched text includes stories of shipwrecks old and new; of tragedy, survival and intrigue. It is accompanied by stunning images, maps and plans of the wrecks, together with photographs of marine life and surrounding coastlines.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Sinking The Blue Plunder
 
26 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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BBC cameraman Mike Pitts has worked at top dive locations all over the world, but filming the wreck of the ^Blue Plunder^ was an adventure to rival the best. The idea was any diver's dream; to film the sinking and eventual colonisation of a ship. But the reality wasn't so straightforward. This feature is accompanied by Mike's striking photographs of the wreck before and after sinking, together with the events in his own words.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Tapati Rapa Nui
 
25 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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Tourists are advised not to participate in some of the events of Tapati Rapa Nui, and few would want to with an ambulance waiting at the foot of the volcano...
~World-famous for its imposing moai statues, Easter Island is also home to one of the world's most extraordinary triathlons and a jaw-dropping exhibition of skill and bravery called Haka Pei. Photographer Franck Socha has been there to capture the action.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Ten Best Wreck Dives
 
25 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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From sunken war planes to rusty tugs, wrecks do not only provide unrivalled exploration potential- the artificial reefs that they create can be extremely bio-diverse. This picture-led feature showcases some of the best wreck dives, including why they are special and how to dive them~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
Weather Forecasting For Photographers
 
26 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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For photographers wondering whether to stick around for that perfect shot, don the rain-cover, or pack up and go home, a few simple signs can be invaluable in predicting short-term weather conditions. Which cloud types are best for your shot? When should you expect a dramatic mist at sunrise, and how can you predict rain? A graphic presentation of clouds and beautiful imagery supports the science behind short-term weather forecasting.~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
World Pilot Gig Champs
 
26 Nov 2014 12:00 am
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It's one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. As crews prepare for the 21st World Championships, we find out just what the attraction is with Cornish Pilot Gig rowing. ~~Extracts: The idyllic Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles off Land's End, and are home to just 2000 people. But every year in May, the population doubles as burly gig rowers from all over the world descend on the tiny Islands for the highlight in their racing calendar...~~...Cornish Pilot Gigs have been around for centuries. Way back in 1666, a group of Scilly men braved stormy seas in a small wooden boat to rescue the crew of the stricken Royal Oak, which was floundering on Bishop Rock - and gig rowing was born...~~For full text or more information, please contact laurasutherland@naturepl.com
 
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