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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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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

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The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018, which celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel is announced on Thursday 5 July.

Published : 05 Jul 2018 Last update : 04 Jul 2018

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Welcome return of the skydancer to the High Peak

One of Britain’s most threatened birds, the hen harrier, has bred on the National Trust’s High Peak Moors in the Peak District National Park, for the first time in four years.

Published : 02 Jul 2018

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Conservationists delight as endangered butterfly makes early appearance

The UK’s most endangered butterfly is making a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat – confounding recent grim figures about its population.

Published : 29 Jun 2018

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Celebrate summer with the National Trust’s best outdoor cinema, theatre and music events

Make the most of the balmy summer weather and extra hours of daylight to enjoy alfresco entertainment at National Trust locations.

Published : 26 Jun 2018 Last update : 27 Jun 2018

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Composer Michael Price to release Tender Symmetry inspired by National Trust places

At the end of August, Emmy award-winning composer Michael Price will 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 : 26 Jun 2018

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Our response to HS2 Ltd's plans for a 'green corridor' stretching alongside the railway

We have issued our response to HS2's plans for a 'green corridor' stretching alongside the railway.

Published : 25 Jun 2018

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Kirsty Wark presents podcasts for the National Trust on Women and Power

A five-part weekly podcast series from the National Trust will launch on Monday 02 July as the conservation charity continues its exploration into the stories of both women and men connected to its places who helped form the debate for and against women’s suffrage.

Published : 21 Jun 2018

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Manx shearwaters surveyed for first time in 20 years

A British seabird known for its daredevil flying stunts is being monitored for the first time in 20 years on a remote Welsh island.

Published : 21 Jun 2018

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‘Writ in Water’ – New public artwork by Mark Wallinger is unveiled at Runnymede to celebrate the legacy of Magna Carta.

Opening Saturday, 16 June, Writ in Water, a major architectural artwork by Mark Wallinger, in collaboration with Studio Octopi, provides a new immersive space for contemplation and reflection at Runnymede, Surrey.

Published : 14 Jun 2018

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The bovine breaststroke: Video captures cows swimming 100m across lake to graze at remote National Trust wildlife haven

Cattle at a National Trust wildlife haven have completed their unconventional annual pilgrimage – by swimming 100m across a lake to graze fresh pasture.

Published : 07 Jun 2018

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Unique Singer Sargent painting acquired for historical home Ightham Mote

A Game of Bowls, by American painter John Singer Sargent, has been acquired for the National Trust’s Ightham Mote in Kent following a successful campaign to raise funds to purchase it for the nation.

Published : 04 Jun 2018

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Masterpieces from National Trust houses go on display at the Holburne Museum

Dutch seventeenth-century paintings by some of the finest masters of the ‘Golden Age’ from National Trust collections around the country are to go on display together for the first time at the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Published : 23 May 2018 Last update : 25 May 2018

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Puffin numbers may be down 12 per cent on Farne Islands as census begins

Puffin numbers on Britain's remote Farne Islands may have fallen by an average of 12 per cent in potentially grim news for the struggling seabird, according to early figures in the National Trust's five-yearly count.

Published : 23 May 2018

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National Trust secures £1.5m fund from HS2 Ltd to enhance special Staffordshire landscape

The National Trust is pleased to welcome a number of commitments from HS2 Ltd in response to concerns raised by the conservation charity.

Published : 16 May 2018 Last update : 22 May 2018

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A Woman’s Place at Knole

A new exhibition has opened at the National Trust’s Knole in Kent, highlighting the progression to equality through creative interventions at the 600 year-old former archbishop’s palace, royal residence and home to the Sackville family for four centuries.

Published : 18 May 2018 Last update : 21 May 2018

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Press information - Cliveden key facts

Kensington palace has announced that Ms. Meghan Markle will stay at Cliveden House Hotel, on the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate, on the eve of her wedding to Prince Harry. Find out more about the Cliveden Estate here.

Published : 14 May 2018 Last update : 15 May 2018