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

A red deer stag and two hinds
Large blue butterflies on Rodborough Common

2020 weather and wildlife review  

It's been a year of mixed fortunes for the UK's wildlife. While extreme weather and warm temperatures have had a huge impact on wildlife this year, many species thrived in the peace and quiet of lockdown. Discover how birds, animals and insects fared during the last 12 months and learn more about our work to protect the natural world.

mountain hare sitting on snow, Dark Peak, Derbyshire

Winter wildlife to spot 

Wrap up warm and head outside in search of winter wildlife. From starling murmurations to red squirrels, there's a surprising amount to see. We've got some top tips to get you started.

Ducks on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria.

Everyone needs nature 

This year, more than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort. Trees towering above us, serene coastal paths, the simplicity of a rushing stream and panoramic drama in the skies – these can answer our need for quiet and inspiration.

Gull chicks, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Promise for nature 

Join us in our anniversary year and make a promise for nature. Whether you want to build a bug hotel or reduce energy use, we’ve got a great set of promises you can make. It's never been more important to look after the forests, rivers, oceans and parks we love to escape to. Together we can make a positive difference to the natural world.

Robin at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Give back to nature 

This year, more than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort. But climate change is accelerating the decline of these green spaces. Nature gives us so much, donate today and help us protect these precious places and the wildlife that live there.

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