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Hambledon Hill, Dorset. The hill is a prehistoric hill fort and National Nature Reserve, situated in the Blackmore Vale, near Blandford Forum
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Globally endangered Large Blue butterfly enjoys best numbers for 80 years

A previously extinct butterfly has had its best summer on record with the south west of England recognised as having the highest numbers anywhere in the world.

Published : 19 Sep 2018

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National Trust responds to record visitor numbers with ambitious plans to improve visitor experience

The National Trust today announced plans for an ambitious programme of improvements to facilities such as car parks, cafes and shops at sites – in response to record breaking visitor numbers.

Published : 07 Sep 2018 Last update : 13 Sep 2018

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Water voles make welcome return to their former Exmoor home

Endangered water voles are returning to a stretch of river where they have been extinct for more than 30 years - thanks to a National Trust river and waterways project.

Published : 11 Sep 2018

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Petworth portrait confirmed as Titian in BBC Four’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces

A 16th century portrait of a young cardinal, at Petworth House in Sussex, has been attributed to the Italian artist Titian following research and restoration for BBC Four’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces.

Published : 30 Aug 2018

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Wildlife flourishes with return to sustainable farming

A pioneering new project that involves reverting back to traditional 1940s farming methods has transformed a stretch of coastline into a haven for rare animals, birds and wildflowers – boosting numbers in some instances by more than 300 per cent.

Published : 29 Aug 2018

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Composer Michael Price releases Tender Symmetry inspired by National Trust places

Emmy award-winning composer Michael Price to release Tender Symmetry, an ambitious musical project which takes in a series of National Trust locations across England as its inspiration, turning them into unlikely recording spaces.

Published : 23 Aug 2018 Last update : 28 Aug 2018

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Weaving together the stories of an industrial community: historic cotton mill reopens at Quarry Bank

A historic mill which was once the site of one of the largest cotton manufacturing businesses in Britain, is reopening to the public tomorrow (Saturday, 25 August) marking a major milestone in a four year transformation project at Quarry Bank in Cheshire.

Published : 22 Aug 2018 Last update : 23 Aug 2018

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Home to roost - largest hibernation of pipistrelle bats recorded at Seaton Delaval Hall

The largest common pipistrelle bat winter roost in the UK has been found at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, revealing previously unknown information about the bats’ hibernation habits.

Published : 22 Aug 2018

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Our statement regarding access at Giant's Causeway

Read our position statement about access at the Giant's Causeway

Published : 09 Aug 2018

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Farming with nature recognised in annual awards

The very best farm food producers have been recognised at the National Trust’s annual Fine Farm Produce Awards, presented at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace.

Published : 03 Aug 2018

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Adam Nicolson wins the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize with his love song to seabirds

The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson has been announced as the 2018 winner of the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, which celebrates the best books about nature and UK travel.

Published : 02 Aug 2018

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£10 million project to bring UK rivers back to life launched by National Trust as Director-General calls on Government to "act now" on its green Brexit promises

Five of the UK’s most precious rivers will be revived in the latest of a series of major National Trust projects providing much-needed support to the British countryside during ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

Published : 01 Aug 2018

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Dazzling autumn colour walks with the National Trust

At this time of year, there is a palette of colour waiting to be discovered across breath-taking landscapes protected by the National Trust. Discover woodlands of golden leaves and maybe some deer or red squirrels along the way.

Published : 30 Jul 2018

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The ‘world’s greatest war memorial’ sings to the nation

Singing tributes to Britain’s war dead across nine of England’s highest peaks concluded yesterday as a pop-up choir scaled Lake District summits to honour a unique memorial.

Published : 20 Jul 2018 Last update : 23 Jul 2018

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£1.6 million National Lottery grant to transform historic Magna Carta site at Runnymede

Our Runnymede Explored project has received funding of £1.6 million from the National Lottery. This will allow us to move forward with plans to unify two sites of international significance, Runnymede and adjacent Ankerwycke, with improved pathways and interpretation, and a new ferry crossing across the River Thames.

Published : 20 Jul 2018

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The world of Thomas Chippendale comes to life at Nostell

Throughout 2018, the National Trust is celebrating 300 years of one of the leading cabinet makers of the 18th century, Thomas Chippendale, and his connection to Nostell, an 18th century treasure house in West Yorkshire.

Published : 16 Jul 2018

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England's lucky omen? It’s our tern now – rare sea bird visits Farne Islands for first time since 1966

A rare seabird is being billed as a World Cup lucky omen today after being spotted for the first time since 1966 – just as England’s footballers bid to repeat the nation’s heroics of that same year.

Published : 10 Jul 2018

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Lifeline for plunging wildlife as important hay meadows saved in the Peak District

The National Trust has purchased 186 hectares (460 acres) of wildflower-rich farmland in the Peak District - securing a potential lifeline for plunging butterfly and bee populations.

Published : 06 Jul 2018