The National Trust outlines ambition to help restore Britain’s natural heritage

Large Blue Butterfly ©National Trust Images. Matthew Oates

The National Trust today outlined ambitious plans to help reverse the decline in wildlife on all land in its ownership – including an aim to create 25,000 hectares (at least 5000 in the South West) of new habitats by 2025.

As one of the country’s largest landowners, the Trust wants to play its part in addressing the dramatic slump in British species and improve soil quality and water quality in the countryside. An in-depth study of UK species last year found 56 per cent were in decline.

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Secret camera footage of otters show signs of recovery at Penrose

National Trust rangers and volunteers have recently placed secret cameras to capture the activity of a group of otters at Penrose on the Lizard. The conservation charity is now hoping that the camera footage will prove that the otter population is starting to make a return to the area.

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Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Snowdrops flowering in the garden at Kingston Lacy Dorset ©National Trust / Images James Dobson

Kingston lacy, a National Trust estate near Wimborne, Dorset, is famous for its snowdrop display.  The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles.  Even without the cold weather needed to encourage the snowdrops to bloom the team are still expecting a good display throughout late January and February.

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Preparing for a blooming New Year at Dyrham Park

Tulips in the borders at Dyrham Park in previous years ©National Trust

Staff and volunteers have spent the last fortnight on the mammoth task of planting more than fourteen thousand spring bulbs at Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire.

Staff and volunteers planting tulips in The Avenue borders at Dyrham Park ©National Trust/Richard Lawson

Staff and volunteers planting tulips in The Avenue borders at Dyrham Park ©National Trust/Richard Lawson

Freezing conditions and heavy rain haven’t deterred their efforts to get the hyacinths and tulips in the ground ahead of the Christmas break so they’re ready to bloom next spring from March to May. Continue reading…

‘A wake up call to everyone who loves nature’

leigh-woods-meadows-day-2It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now – that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.

Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea. The report reveals that over half (56 per cent) of UK species studied have declined since 1970, while 15 per cent (1,199 of the nearly 8,000 species assessed in the UK) are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Harry Barton, chief executive of Devon Wildlife Trust, said: “This report provides the most detailed picture of the state of our wildlife ever. There are some successes to be proud of here in Devon, beavers, otters and little egrets among them, but overall the tide continues to move rapidly in the wrong direction. More than half the world’s wildlife has disappeared since 1970. It is still within our gift to turn this around and recover much of that loss. But if we want to avoid a similar disastrous decline over the next generation, all of us are going to have to do much more, think a lot more radically, and be far braver.”   Continue reading…

The Lizard in Cornwall to becomes one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the South West

177487smNatural England, The National Trust, and Cornwall Wildlife Trust are pleased to announce that the Lizard National Nature Reserve will be extended from today (31st August 2016).

The Lizard Peninsula is one of the best locations in the country for wildlife, with a wealth of rare plants, invertebrates and habitats that make visiting the area is a must for nature lovers.

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Wellington Monument Champions sought

The National Trust's Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. (c)National Trust/Fran Stothard

People in and around Wellington, who are interested in becoming one of a small group of volunteers needed to support the Wellington Monument Project, have been asked to get in touch with the National Trust by 9 September.

Helen Sharp, National Trust Project Manager, explains: ‘We are looking for a small group of committed individuals at this stage. We’re calling them the ‘Monument Champions’ because we hope they will act as advocates within the local community.

The National Trust's Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills

The National Trust’s Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills (c)National Trust

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‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity’ says BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury

Find out more about the campaign to care for Trevose Head for ever and for everyone here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trevose

There are three easy ways to donate and support the Trevose Head campaign and the work of the National Trust:

  1. Online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trevose
  2. Phone the National Trust Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895
  3. Post a cheque, made payable to ‘National Trust’, with ‘Trevose campaign’ written on the back of the cheque, can be posted to: National Trust, Supporter Services Centre, National Trust, PO Box 574, Rotherham S63 3FH

 

 

Henry the cat tries the 50 Things challenge at Dyrham Park

Dyrham's Henry goes on a bare foot walk (c)National Trust-Laura Williams

A cat who lives at Dyrham Park has taken up a National Trust challenge to children to get outdoors and complete 50 fun things before they are 11 and ¾.

Dyrham's Henry with compass (c)National Trust-Laura Williams

Dyrham’s Henry with compass (c)National Trust/Laura Williams

We all know cats love climbing trees, but Henry has got involved in den building, making a daisy chain and other activities. Continue reading…