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

Young fallow deer in the parkland at Charlecote in spring
Close up of some yellow daffodils

Blooming marvellous 

After the dreary greys and browns of winter, the burst of colour from the first daffodils is a welcome sign that warmer weather is on its way. Cheap to plant and easy to care for, find out how our gardeners look after these springtime blooms.

Murlough National Nature Reserve Exmoor pony

Hardy conservationists 

They may look cute, but these tough ponies are actually hard at work. By munching the fast growing grass and scrub plants, wild ponies allow delicate flowers to thrive, bringing insects and birds with them.

Hare in Camp Ground at Charlecote Park

Signs of spring 

From the gentle scent of blossom on the breeze to the sight of lambs springing across fields, all signs point to the arrival of spring. Pull on your boots and get outside to see nature wake up after winter.

Bluebells in the woods at Buckland Abbey

Six things you might not know about bluebells 

The dazzling blue carpets that spring from on forest floors in mid-April are a sure sign that warmer weather is on it's way. From their fairytale nicknames to the hidden woodland dangers that threaten them, here are six facts about bluebells that might just surprise you.

Yellow meadow ants

Discover amazing anthills 

You might not notice these tiny insects as you walk around Coombe Hill, but you can't miss their homes. Yellow meadow ants are incredible architects, building huge mounds that extend below ground to keep the colony safe. As well as making their mark on the landscape, they also play a vital role in protecting local butterflies.

Find nature on your doorstep

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