A healthy, natural and beautiful environment in the South West

Brent geese at Studland Bay, Dorset

Creating space for nature and people

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Creating space for nature

Here at the National Trust we’re doing everything we can to make space for nature in the countryside, thanks to your support. This short film explains why connecting with nature is so important, not only to us but for future generations of outdoor lovers.

Good news for wildlife

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Large blue butterfly boost

The globally endangered large blue butterfly has been successfully reintroduced at Rodborough Common. Large blues were once a common sight on the commons. Butterflies are such sensitive creatures, and with the large blue’s particular requirements they are real barometers for what is happening with our environment and the changing climate. Creating the right conditions for this globally endangered butterfly has been the culmination of years of work by conservationists and the local graziers.⁠

Sutton Lane Meadows in bloom

Meadows and wildflowers in the South West 

Meadows across the South West are alive with wildflowers, providing vital habitats for nature. Find out about the work we're doing to care for and improve these special places.

Donate to care for countryside and coastline

As a charity, we rely on donations. With our places temporarily closed, vital funding has disappeared. Your donation will help us look after special coast and countryside for everyone, for ever.

Bird mid-flight at Trevose Head

Joining up the coast 

When nature and wildlife can move freely between habitats, they flourish. Without this freedom, they suffer. Our coastal ambition is to join up the coastline, working with partners to make a link around the coast so wildlife can prosper.
The situation is urgent. Sixty percent of species have disappeared in recent decades and one in ten are under threat of being lost in the near future.

Exmoor in flower in the Heddon Valley, with Exmoor beyond

Heather on Exmoor under threat from climate change 

Every August, the hills of Exmoor are usually awash with a haze of purple. But the hot summer of 2018, and thriving numbers of heather beetles, have turned acres of heather from glorious purple to a muddy brown this year.

A birds eye view of Lundy island

Safeguarding Lundy’s fragile nature – 50 years on 

Lundy is now one of Britain’s most precious island havens for both wildlife and people. But 50 years ago this remote, granite outcrop was in sad decline. Working in close partnership with The Landmark Trust, who manage the island on a day-to-day basis, an enormous amount for Lundy’s wildlife and heritage has been done, with more still to come.

Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

The surface A303 divides the Stonehenge World Heritage Site - one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe. We believe the proposed road improvement could provide an overall benefit to the whole World Heritage Site, providing it is well designed and delivered with the utmost care.

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