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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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Emperor dragonflies shed underwater skins ready for life above the pond

Britain’s largest dragonfly species has been captured shedding its skin on ponds at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate, near Bristol, during a process known as ‘emerging’ that marks the start of adult life.

Published : 24 May 2019

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Moo-ving on down: Scottish cattle come to Lyme

The sights and sounds of Scotland have come to North Cheshire this year, with the arrival of a dozen highland cattle at Lyme.

Published : 20 May 2019

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Lost language, fantastic beasts and celestial bodies: Rare books inspire new exhibition in treasure-house Trust library

Rare books from one of the nation’s most significant country house libraries will form the centrepiece of a new contemporary art installation at Blickling Estate in Norfolk from 17 May – 27 October 2019.

Published : 15 May 2019

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Major EU funded project helps protect UK seabird islands

A project to help protect the UK’s internationally important seabird islands is going public on Friday 17th May 2019 with the launch of its new campaign Save Our Seabirds from Invasive Predators. 

Published : 17 May 2019 Last update : 15 May 2019

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Farne Island puffins to be monitored annually in an attempt to stop the global decline in numbers

The National Trust is changing its five-yearly puffin census on the Farne Islands to an annual count amid fears climate change is having an adverse effect on sources of food and puffin numbers.

Published : 07 May 2019

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Tractor tyres, plastic bottles and fishing equipment collected in National Trust litter pick at sea

Swimmers, jet skis and small boats have been enlisted to help National Trust rangers clear litter from the sea near Giants Causeway.

Published : 02 May 2019 Last update : 03 May 2019

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National Trust pub among first to list items according to their carbon footprint

Sticklebarn in the Lake District lets diners know what the carbon footprint is of each dish on its menu, as part of a series of measures to reduce the environmental impact of the Trust's pub.

Published : 02 May 2019

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Wildlife thriving at Cambridgeshire fenland oasis

A corner of England that has more species of plants and wildlife than anywhere in the UK is celebrating its 120th anniversary – with the arrival of never seen before animals.

Published : 01 May 2019

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A core issue: National Trust plans to help halt dramatic decline of traditional orchards as blossoms start to bloom

The National Trust will dramatically increase the number of some of the rarest and most time honoured habitats in the UK by planting dozens of traditional orchards.

Published : 26 Apr 2019 Last update : 27 Apr 2019

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A 300-year old bedspread, a gift from King James II to a loyal family, goes on show for first time in a generation

A rare surviving 300 year old bedspread given by James II to some of his loyal supporters, is being conserved by the National Trust and has been put back on display for the first time in a generation at Sizergh Castle in Cumbria. The magnificent satin bedspread, believed to be from Goa, features mythical creatures picked out in gold thread.

Published : 23 Apr 2019

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From Russia with love - blooming lovely orchards to tell story of fruit heritage

A Victorian orchard is being brought back to life to tell the story of how apple trees were brought to England from Kazakhstan and Russia thousands of years ago.

Published : 11 Apr 2019 Last update : 16 Apr 2019

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National Trust’s collection of 1,000 clocks in working order all need putting forward an hour

In an age of self-adjusting digital clocks, spare a thought for staff at the National Trust, who face the task of winding forward 1,000 clocks ready for British Summer Time on Sunday morning.

Published : 29 Mar 2019

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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 : 26 Mar 2019

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New design in historic National Trust garden offers visitors ideas for succession planting and encouraging wildlife at home

A new design for part of the garden at the National Trust’s Ham House and Garden in Richmond is providing a number of ideas that could easily be adapted by home gardeners.

Published : 18 Mar 2019 Last update : 26 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