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Summer visitors that attract their own audience of tourists, ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are once again a barometer of our seasons. Over-wintering in Africa, it is their habit to head north in late spring and settle in Europe to breed in summer. A standard trifecta of peril for raptors of persecution, egg collection, and demand for taxidermied adults caused their numbers to dwindle until only one osprey pair bred in Britain in 1916, followed by none.

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The Vicar of Dipping: Spirituality, connectedness and the instant hit of wild swimming with the Reverend Kate Bottley. Swimming to Recovery: How open water swimming helped Simon Harmer recover from losing both his legs in Afghanistan. How to Swim Faster: Training ideas to pick up your pace. Adventures in Winter Swimming: Olympian Keri-anne Payne tries cold water swimming. Water not Oil: Unexpected swimming spots in Texas. A Sense of Wonder: The winning images in our photo contest. "Help! I have signed up to a big swim challenge with no experience." Coach Cassie is here to help. The Return of the Fish Hawk: Swimming and nature.

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