Our views on nature and wildlife

Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

We’re playing our part in restoring a healthy, beautiful, natural environment. Find out more about our work to protect and conserve nature and wildlife, and reconnect children with nature.

Red squirrel

Nature & wildlife position statements 

Our views on issues relating to wildlife and nature.

Marine litter on a beach

Phasing out single use plastics at our places 

The National Trust is committed to creating safe and healthy places for nature and wildlife to thrive. To help safeguard nature for the future, we're phasing out single use plastics at the places we care for. Find out our plan to go plastic free.

Seal pups at Blakeney Point in Norfolk and the Farne Islands off  the Northumberland coast have flourished this year

2018 weather and wildlife review 

Raging storms and seesawing temperatures throughout 2018 have taken the UK's wildlife on an extraordinary ride. From a perilous cold snap with devastating consequences to a bountiful summer and exotic visitors, discover the impacts this year's unusual weather had on our plants and animals.

Walkers enjoy the stunning views of Wasdale, Lake District National Park

Designated landscapes review 

We've responded to the Government's review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sutton Hoo landscape and blue sky

Greener UK - playing our part for the environment 

We’re part of a coalition of organisations urging the Government to protect and enhance the natural environment throughout Brexit and beyond.

Greylag geese on Orford Ness

Our plan to restore nature at our places 

Find out more about our ambitious plans to restore nature at our places, creating 25,000 hectares of new wildlife habitats by 2025.

Peat-free flowers at Morden Hall Park Garden Centre

Going peat-free 

How important is it for gardeners to go peat-free and protect our precious peatlands around the world?

Tim's Grove at Coughton Court

We need to talk about Nitrogen 

A new report from Plantlife highlights how Nitrogen-loving plants, like cow parsley, are overpowering our British wildflowers.

A Gatekeeper butterfly at Nymans

The State of Nature report 2016 

We've teamed up with over 50 other nature organisations to produce the latest State of Nature report which reveals that over half of UK species have declined over recent decades.

Wicken Fen - Lapwing close up

Response for Nature Reports 

The Response for Nature reports set out an ambitious long-term plan for restoring nature across the UK.

Children on a school trip at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Children & nature 

How we're tempting children to get outdoors and closer to nature

Konik ponies at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire


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.

The Quarry Oak, a 1,000-year-old sessile oak tree, at Croft Castle, Herefordshire

A new partnership to protect oak trees from disease 

We're working with government, other environmental organisations, and landowners to protect oak trees from pests and diseases.

Child playing in a tree at Hatfield Forest, Essex

A new Tree Charter for the 21st century 

We've joined the call for a new Tree Charter to protect people’s rights to the benefits of trees and woods.

We make our own cider on the Killerton estate.

Cider apple collection saved 

We've been given the national collection of cider apples to look after at eight of our places.