Nature & wildlife
As the UK's biggest land owner, we look after a lot of nature and wildlife. We strive to maintain our land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life.
Take part in the Big Butterfly Count
To celebrate 50 years of our Neptune Coastline Campaign we're encouraging people to take part in our Big Butterfly Count, which runs until 9 August at coastal places we look after. You can help us solve the mystery of the disappearing Common Blue butterfly, which could be faring better on the coast than inland, as habitats by the sea tend to be relatively unspoilt due to their inaccessibility.
Robin tops poll for UK's national bird
The robin has topped a poll of more than 200,00 people who voted online, at ballot boxes in schools and by post, to officially recognise the robin as the national bird of the UK. The barn owl came second in the poll and the blackbird third. Ornithologist David Lindo who launched the campaign, now plans to ask the government to officially recognise the robin as the national bird.
Badger vaccination project a success
A four-year project at Killerton Estate in Devon, vaccinating badgers against bovine TB is now complete. The project aimed to demonstrate that the vaccination of badgers at an estate-wide scale could be both feasible and economical, allowing us to play an important role in reducing the exposure of cattle to bovine TB in wildlife, which has had a devastating impact across the farming community.
Help protect the nature you love
Changes in European law threaten our wildlife. Places, plants and animals we cherish most could be lost for good. Use your voice and complete the Nature Alert survey to show support for nature conservation. We're working closely with a 100-strong group of charities across Europe, including the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts, to champion this campaign.
Alpacas keep young lambs safe
Two Andean alpacas, affectionately known as Bill and Ben, are guarding a field of 50 ewes and their newborn lambs from predators at Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia. Alpacas make good protectors as they are ever-watchful and as soon as they hear any distress, they run towards the noise and frighten predators away.
More than 200 volunteers help protect the UK's trees and forests from pests and diseases.
We’ve teamed up with publishers Frances Lincoln for the second Thwaites Wainwright Prize.
Stonehenge archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall looks forward to the sound of skylarks returning.