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 

We're committed to creating safe and healthy places for nature and wildlife to thrive. To help us safeguard nature for the future, we're phasing out single use plastics at our places. Find out how we're kicking the plastic habit.

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 during upcoming Brexit negotiations.

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.

 Child taking a photograph in the garden at Belton House, Lincolnshire.

Children & nature 

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

Azure blue damselfly resting on green leaf

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.

The common blue buttery

Weather and wildlife in 2016 

Find out why bees and butterflies did badly last year in our annual round-up on the state of the nation's weather and wildlife.

Woodland
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.