Ewe has five times the charm this Easter

Flora and Verity Sharpe with Arlington's quintuplets

Flora and Verity Sharpe with Arlington’s quintuplets

The team at Arlington Court have just welcome five new lambs to their flock – all from the same ewe.

National Trust Ranger, Murray Sharpe says, “This is the first time in the 15 years I have worked at Arlington that one of our ewes has had five lambs. Despite the eighteen hour days, I always enjoy lambing, but this year it was a real joy to have five healthy lambs born at once.”

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Nature: This general election’s missing issue?

A view of Gribbin Head, Cornwall taken from Coombe. The daymark visible on the far cliff top is used as a navigation aid by shipping.

A view of Gribbin Head, Cornwall taken from Coombe. The daymark visible on the far cliff top is used as a navigation aid by shipping.

The National Trust, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts are calling on people across the West Country to put nature at the heart of debate in the run up to May’s General Election and encourage candidates to support nature.

Together the three charities have produced South West Nature 2015 – a new website that details landscapes, wildlife and the issues these face, across all 55 Westminster constituencies in the south west. Continue reading…

Killerton canters on with conservation grazing

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This week a herd of 10 Dartmoor ponies took up temporary residence on an extinct volcano at Killerton estate near Exeter.

Dolbury Hill is the tree-lined backdrop to Killerton House, known locally as ‘The Clump’, which is steeped in 3000 years of history. The hill’s rare geology and relics of an Iron Age Hill Fort have led it to be designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Scheduled Monument.

Ed Nicholson, Killerton’s Lead Ranger, explains why grazing Dartmoor ponies have had such a positive impact on the nature conservation of this sensitively managed area. Continue reading…

Avebury nominated for Countryfile award

Avebury stones

Avebury has been shortlisted as Heritage Site of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards 2014/15. Vote for Avebury here >>>http://www.countryfile.com/awards2014-15

Well known for its henge which is cared for by the National Trust, as well as other monuments in the wider landscape, Avebury was chosen against some strong competition for the awards shortlist. Now the poll has been opened up for the public to vote for their favourite places. Continue reading…