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.

First Farne Islands seal pup of 2014

Newborn grey seal pup on the Farne Islands © North News & Pictures

Newborn grey seal pup on the Farne Islands

The first seal pup of the year has been born on the Farne Islands, marking the start of our annual seal count of over 1500 pups that are born on the islands each year.

New home for nature created in Lake Dist...

Peter Nixon, Director of Land, Landscape and Nature, at Park End Moss © North News & Pictures

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 © 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 ©  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 © 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 © 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 © 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, Devon

Fingle Woods, Devon

Our woods, wetlands and fens are under threat from the weather. We're working with local communities to secure the future of our places for future generations.