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.

Blakeney welcomes first grey seal pup

Grey seal pup born on Blakeney Point, November 2014 © NTPL/Justin Minns

Grey seal pup born on Blakeney Point, November 2014

Blakeney Point, on the north Norfolk coast has welcomed its first grey seal pup of the 2014 season. The colony is currently the third largest in England.

Conserving Hardy inspired heathland

View over Slepe Heath, the inspiration for Hardy’s Egdon Heath © NTPL/Justin Minns

View over Slepe Heath, the inspiration for Hardy’s Egdon Heath

At 240 acres, Slepe Heath in Dorset is the largest area of lowland heath we've gained for more than a decade and will help to create a haven for wildlife.

New home for nature created in Lake Dist...

Peter Nixon, Director of Land, Landscape and Nature, at Park End Moss © NTPL/Justin Minns

Peter Nixon, Director of Land, Landscape and Nature, at Park End Moss

Park End Moss on the end of the Sizergh Estate has been transformed into a haven for wildlife, thank to conservation work by 100 volunteers.

Elusive pine martens caught on camera

Look out for the elusive pine marten at Castle Ward © NTPL/National Trust Northern Ireland

Look out for the elusive pine marten at Castle Ward

After installing infra-red cameras throughout the Crom Estate, we've successfully captured the elusive pine marten, which is part of the weasel family, on film.

Hen harriers breed successfully

One of the five hen harrier chicks © NTPL/ T Birch/Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

One of the five hen harrier chicks

In a turnaround of fortunes, for the first time in eight years five hen harrier chicks have fledged on land we look after in the Upper Derwent Valley.

Bee-eaters rewrite record books

Rare bee-eater at Wydcombe on the Isle of Wight © NTPL/National Trust Andy Butler

Rare bee-eater at Wydcombe on the Isle of Wight

Bird enthusiasts travelled to the Isle of Wight to get a rare glimpse of the colourful and charismatic bee-eaters, that have fleged from a nest on the Wydcombe Estate.

Seabirds under threat

A kittiwake perching on its nest on cliff ledge © NTPL/Joe Cornish

A kittiwake perching on its nest on cliff ledge

Our study has revealed the extent of the threat to seabirds from extreme weather, predators and human disturbance, with extreme weather being the biggest threat.

Hambledon Hill joins our hillfort family

A view from the top of Hambledon Hill © NTPL/National Trust/Ross Hoddinott

A view from the top of Hambledon Hill

An ancient hillfort, that is a natural haven for wildlife, has come into our care. Hambledon Hill is a significant landmark and was built over 2,000 years ago.

Seasonal reflections

Wild places

  • Fingle Woods

    These natural woodlands have been around for well over 400 years.

  • Wild Ennerdale

    With 400 year-old forests, this valley in the Lake District feels like another country.

  • Wicken Fen

    We've looked after the wetland nature reserve of Wicken Fen for over 100 years.

  • High Peak Moors

    The term iconic is often overused, but the High Peak Moors truly merits that description.

Farne Island seals

The Farne Islands are home to England's largest breeding population of Atlantic grey seals. Every autumn the bull seals become a lot more active - they're starting to mate but also starting to fight. See what happens when things get a bit heated.

Success stories

We look after lots of nature and wildlife and strive to maintain our land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life. Here's a selection of our success stories.

Knowledge bank

Want to know what our conservation policy is?  How we look after bats at our properties or what our conservation principles are?  You can find all the details here.