Leave What You Find

People visit natural areas for many reasons, among them to explore nature’s mysteries and surprises. When we leave rocks, shells, plants, feathers, fossils, artefacts and other objects of interest as we find them, we pass the gift of discovery on to those who follow.

Archaeological and historical artefacts such as old walls, holy wells, old mine workings and hilltop cairns are reminders of the rich human history of the landscape and belong to all people for all. Natural objects also perform important roles within the ecosystem, for example fallen trees are a valuable wildlife habitat and bones and antlers are a valuable food source for scavenging animals. Try and leave these objects undisturbed; load your camera, not your backpack. Let photos, drawings and memories comprise your souvenirs.

 

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