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.

Robin tops poll for UK's national bird

The robin has topped the poll to be put forward as Britain's national bird © NT/Volunteer

The robin has topped the poll to be put forward as Britain'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

The Killerton project vaccinated badgers over 20 square kilometres © Sophie Thomas

The Killerton project vaccinated badgers over 20 square kilometres

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

Hazel dormouse spotted in a dormouse box by our Reigate Hill ranger © Marc Russell

Hazel dormouse spotted in a dormouse box by our Reigate Hill ranger

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

Alpacas Bill and Ben guarding sheep at Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia © Wynn Owen

Alpacas Bill and Ben guarding sheep at Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia

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.

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.

Matthew Oates' butterfly diaries

Matthew Oates, our specialist on nature, shares one of his favourite places with us - Watlington Hill in Oxfordshire, home of the rare silver-spotted skipper butterfly.

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.