2. You get the beach bug
From secret coves and crystal waters to wild sands and towering cliffs, we look after 10 per cent of the whole of the England, Wales and Northern Ireland coastline. So whether you’re into walking boots or flip-flops, rock climbing or rockpooling, there’s a bucket (and spade) load of reasons to head to the seaside. Who knows, you might even spot some of the dolphins, seals and other marine life that visit our shores.
You know it’s happened when: You start decorating your bathroom with pebbles, shells and driftwood.
3. You turn into an amateur Attenborough
On Brownsea Island, you’ll find pine trees alive with red squirrels. In Ennerdale, you’ll spot birds with names like goldcrest, goosander and redstart. Visit the Farne Islands, which are home to 37,000 pairs of puffins and a colony of Atlantic grey seals. Or climb Collard Hill to find Britain’s largest and rarest butterfly. You don’t have to be a famous naturalist to appreciate wildlife like this.
You know it’s happened when: You spend more time whispering than talking.