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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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Capturing the arrival of spring in a nationwide crowd-sourced nature diary

Today wildlife lovers across the UK have the chance to contribute to the first ever crowd-sourced nature diary to celebrate the official arrival of spring (Wednesday 20 March 2019).

Published : 20 Mar 2019 Last update : 15 Mar 2019

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New exhibition asks ‘what is home?’ with art installation inspired by historic mansion’s past as a school for boys

A new exhibition at the National Trust’s Croome Court in Worcestershire, that once housed a school for boys, will explore the question ‘what is home?’ through the voices of former pupils and children currently in care.

Published : 15 Mar 2019

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Exhibition celebrates the champions of the natural world in partnership with National Portrait Gallery

Champions of the natural world, from the 19th century to the present day, will be celebrated in a new exhibition touring three National Trust places this year.

Published : 05 Mar 2019

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Immersive exhibition sheds new light on Calke Abbey’s ‘isolated’ family that was said to hide from the world

For more than 30 years, Calke Abbey’s story has revolved around tales of the reclusive and isolated Harpur Crewe family. Now, new research has cast new light on those who once lived and worked at Calke, revealing a more complex side to the story.

Published : 01 Mar 2019

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National Trust response to Marsden Moor fire

National Trust rangers and volunteers worked closely with the emergency services to fight a large fire on Marsden Moor on 26 February. You can read more about it here.

Published : 28 Feb 2019

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Farnes puffin numbers rally after initial concern in five-yearly survey results

Results from a five-yearly survey reveal puffin numbers are stable on the remote Northumberland Farne Islands.

Published : 21 Feb 2019 Last update : 25 Feb 2019

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Funding for parks

Some of the recently announced government funding for parks will come through our Future Parks Accelerator.

Published : 17 Feb 2019

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National Trust increases membership by 50p a month to fund conservation

The National Trust has announced it will increase its membership price by a maximum of 50p per month to help towards the £16,000 it spends every hour protecting nature and historic places.

Published : 06 Feb 2019

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Experts begin conservation work on rare landscape paintings at Shugborough

We are conserving some of our largest paintings at Shugborough in Staffordshire to treat areas of flaking paint. The eight rare and very large ‘capricci’ paintings show fantasy classical landscapes of ruins and buildings, and are very unusual in being painted mostly in distemper – a medium where the paint pigment is mixed with glue.

Published : 04 Feb 2019 Last update : 06 Feb 2019

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Rising to the challenge - ancient hillforts and wildlife to be given new lease of life

Thirteen majestic iron age hillforts and 332 hectares (820 acres) of their surrounding landscape across Dorset and Wiltshire are to be given a new lease of life as part of a generous award of £800k made to the National Trust by Postcode Earth Trust, raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Published : 31 Jan 2019

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Nature and people to benefit from a £2.6 million environmental project in West Yorkshire

Work has started on a two year £2.6 million natural flood management project in West Yorkshire led by the National Trust to help protect homes and nurture wildlife devastated by the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

Published : 28 Jan 2019 Last update : 24 Jan 2019

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Record-breaking year seals 30 years of breeding success at Blakeney Point

Rangers at the National Trust’s Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk have confirmed that this year’s grey seal pups have surpassed 3,000 for the first time.

Published : 21 Jan 2019

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National Trust launches its cultural programme for 2019

From the extraordinary story of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasures to the poignant memories of 1980s inhabitants at a historic workhouse, the National Trust has launched a programme of heritage events, art exhibitions and new experiences as part of its cultural offer for 2019.

Published : 17 Jan 2019 Last update : 16 Jan 2019

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Response to clauses for the proposed Environment Bill

Our response to the clauses for the proposed Environment Bill published by the Government.

Published : 20 Dec 2018

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Seal pup numbers increase on Farne Islands

Atlantic grey seal pup numbers on the Farne Islands have reached a record high thanks to a good supply of food and lack of predators.

Published : 19 Dec 2018

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National Trust withdraws legal opposition to seismic surveys at Clumber Park

The National Trust has withdrawn legal opposition to seismic surveys being carried out at Clumber Park – but will continue the fight against fracking at the site.

Published : 17 Dec 2018

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Year of temperature extremes results in peaks and troughs for wildlife

Fluctuating extreme temperatures ranging from an arctic -14 degrees centigrade, to a sizzling +35 have resulted in a roller-coaster year for wildlife, says the National Trust.

Published : 13 Dec 2018

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Rare 2000 year old figurine among finds of an archaeological dig on the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire

An archaeological dig at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire has uncovered a Late Iron Age to Early Roman (c.100 BC – 150AD) rural settlement.

Published : 12 Dec 2018