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.

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.

Heather growing alongside a coastal path looking out towards the sea at sunset

Standing up for nature 

As the UK government writes new nature laws, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect and restore the countryside you love.

Geese coming in to roost on Blakeney Freshes

Capturing carbon 

Almost three quarters of the most important land in our care is vulnerable to climate change. Not only do these landscapes support wildlife they also store and capture carbon emissions. Find out what we're doing to protect them.

Peat-free flowers at Morden Hall Park Garden Centre

Going peat-free 

Discover why it's important for gardeners to go peat-free and protect our precious peatlands around the world, and how you can help by using peat-free compost.

Row of lime trees at The Argory

A 25-year plan for nature 

We welcome the government's plan to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment over the next 25 years.

Kittiwakes and other seabirds have struggled because of the lack of sandeels in our oceans

State of Nature 2019: UK's wildlife loss continues unabated 

Action must be taken to reverse the UK's devastating loss of nature. Since 1970, the average abundance of all wildlife in the UK has fallen by 13 per cent, according to the State of Nature report. Discover how we're protecting precious landscapes from some of the toughest challenges facing nature in the UK.

Seals at the Blakeney National Nature Reserve

2019 wildlife and weather review 

In 2019 topsy-turvy weather, volatile temperatures, a stop-start spring, and a changeable summer has attracted new visitors from abroad and made winners and losers out of the UK's resident wildlife. Discover how we work around the clock to protect the countryside and look after the animals and birds that need our help.

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 exploring nature at Kingston Lacy

Working towards a green recovery 

With support from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, we’re kickstarting a green recovery that secures our future with action on climate and the environment, while ensuring everyone can enjoy nature-rich green spaces on their doorstep and access local heritage and shared cultural spaces.

Vision for the northern gateway area of Manchester - Collyhurst Park

New research shows the need for urban green space 

A report we've commissioned has shown that the huge surge in people’s use of green spaces during coronavirus reveals an inequality of access to nature in many neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

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.

Children with samphire in the foreground at Stiffkey Marshes, Norfolk

Children & nature 

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

Look out for the wildlife when you stroll through the parkland at Charlecote Park

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.

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.

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.