Nature & wildlife

From ancient trees to butterflies and otters, our places are full of life. We're working hard to safeguard nature for years to come

Blue tit sits in a winter tree
 Several long-tailed blue butterflies from the Mediterranean were spotted across the UK in August

2019 wildlife and weather review 

With unpredictable weather across the seasons, the weather has once again made winners and losers out of the UK's wildlife and bought new visitors from abroad. We continue to work throughout the year to protect and restore habitats for all our wildlife.

A seal pup on the Farne Islands

Seal pups spotted on the Farne Islands 

The first Atlantic grey seal pups of the season have been spotted on the Farne Islands, just off the Northumberland coast. This means our rangers can start this year's seal count to see if numbers are still on the increase, as has been the trend over the last five years. Globally, the Atlantic grey seal is very rare, so it's very important that we know how the population on the Farnes is faring. Find out where you can see seals.

Get closer to nature

Water voles are among the creatures the project at Holnicote will help

How we're protecting rivers from climate change and flooding 

In what is the first project of its kind in the UK, we're restoring the tributary of the river Aller, which flows through the Holnicote Estate in Exmoor, Dorset. The groundbreaking approach, carried out in partnership with the Environment Agency and the European project Interreg 2 Seas Co-Adapt, will help protect the river from climate change and flooding, as well as create more space for wildlife.

Meet the rangers safeguarding nature

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.

Find nature on your doorstep

Experience nature through the seasons and spot the UK's native species in their natural habitat