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‘The worst of human nature’: UK staycationers’ trail of destruction

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Countryside and coastal custodians lament ‘different demographic’ of visitors who leave litter and endanger wildlife

Fires caused by portable barbecues, wild flowers being dug up, the disturbance of shorebirds, and an avalanche of rubbish. These are just some of the threats to Britain’s wild places as record numbers enjoy coastal and countryside “staycations”.

Beleaguered rangers complain that a new generation of holidaymakers are treating the countryside like a festival site, leaving behind tents, chairs and excrement, as well as endangering rare habitats and wildlife.

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