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

Green Hairstreak Butterfly
Natterer's bat (Myotis natteren) hanging on tree trunk.

The secret life of bats in spring 

Over the last year, the bats of Sherborne Park Estate have become the unlikely stars of the BBC's Springwatch series. Discover how rangers keep them safe during the spring as well as some intriguing bat facts to whet your appetite.

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Cows on the moo-ve

We all love a holiday, but cows on the Crom estate in Northern Ireland have particularly unusual way of getting to their summer destination. Every year the herd takes the plunge for a 100-metre swim across Lough Erne, carefully guided by our rangers. It’s all worth the effort though as they’re rewarded with 40 acres of fresh pasture on the island of Inishfendra, where their grazing helps to keep the scrub under control and allow wild flowers, bees and butterflies to flourish.

Tansy beetle at Beningbrough Hall

Our rare parkland wildlife 

Discover the rare wildlife that lives in our parklands. Next time you go out walking in your local park, look out for the unusual plants, insects and birds that live in parklands that haven’t changed for centuries.

Visitor at the Giant's Causeway

Send us your best shots 

Our annual photography competition is open for entries. This year we're looking for two special images to feature on our 2019 Handbook and membership card. We want photos that capture what nature means to you - a favourite landscape or wildlife wonder at one of our places.

Find nature on your doorstep

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