Close encounters of the 360° kind

As the Wildlife Trusts across Great Britain join hands to connect nature reserves together, a ‘joined up’ landscape vital for wildlife emerges. These Living Landscapes create space for all living, growing life forms to thrive, for a healthy environment and providing places to explore and enjoy.

Landscape photographer Mike McFarlane has completed an epic tour of all 47 Wildlife Trusts, cycling 5,903 miles on a folding bike with trailer. He has captured a stunning collection of panoramic, 360° photographs and created interactive virtual tours of 92 Living Landscape schemes which can all be seen on the national Wildlife Trusts' website. Four of them are in our area and you can immerse yourself in them below.

Nene Valley

Covering more than 41,000 hectares, the Nene Valley rises in the west of Northamptonshire and extends the length of the county before flowing through Peterborough then out to the Wash – step inside this landscape by clicking on the interactive 360° spin photo to feel part of the bigger picture.


360 view



North Chilterns Chalk

Lying across chalky soil in Bedfordshire close to Dunstable and Luton, fragments of habitat - trees, hills and dales intertwine, clothed with flowers that attract insects and birds – experience this vibrant landscape by ‘entering’ below – a panoramic experience of the closest kind to savour.


360 view



Great Fen

The Great Fen is one of the most important habitat restoration projects in Europe – step into this vast landscape by clicking onto the interactive 360° spin photograph, and feel at one with the panoramic environment.


360 view



West Cambridge Hundreds

This is the place to go to get to get your fill of bluebells in springtime, but there is enchantment all year round, with the call of woodland songbirds, drumming woodpeckers plus meadow flowers in sunny clearings. The Living Landscape project aims to give unique woodland wildlife opportunity to spread and thrive; see and hear this first hand by interacting with the image below – take a brilliant spin.


360 view