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Archaeologists surprised by likely age of Cerne Abbas Giant 

After 12 months of scientific analysis, we can for the first time reveal the likely age of the Cerne Giant, Britain’s largest and perhaps best-known chalk hill figure. Using state-of-the art sediment analysis funded by the National Trust, the University of Gloucestershire, Allen Environmental Archaeology and the Pratt Bequest, archaeologists have concluded the giant was probably first constructed in the late Saxon period.

View of the river Tamar looking down river at Cotehele, Cornwall

Turning back time with the creation of wetland at Cotehele 

We're turning back the clock almost 200 years at Cotehele in Cornwall by returning Victorian farmland to the River Tamar. This will create a wildlife-rich wetland that will support rare birds, lock up carbon and make the river more resilient to climate change. Find out more about the project that will be carried out in partnership with the Environment Agency and supported by Natural England and Plymouth University.

Work is being carried out to fix the footpaths at Scafell Pike

Work begins to fix footpaths on Scafell Pike 

We're working to repair paths and prevent damage to the landscape on one of the Lake District's most popular walking routes at Scafell Pike. Find out how five sections of path will be repaired on England's highest mountain, which is climbed by more than 250,000 people every year.

Chocolate and Boer War Helmet Oxburgh Hall

121-year-old chocolate discovered in Boer War helmet case 

Chocolate commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1900, still within its original wrapper and tin, has been discovered in a Boer War helmet at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk. The chocolate and helmet belonged to the 8th Baronet, Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfeld, who fought in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).

A beaver swimming in the river at Holnicote

Two beavers released in the South Downs 

We've released a pair of beavers into a sheltered valley at the edge of the South Downs as part of our efforts to restore nature. The beavers will help us create a wildlife-rich wetland landscape and improve water quality. The project follows our successful reintroduction of two beavers at Holnicote in Exmoor early last year.

Pink blossom blooms at The Vyne, Hampshire

Nature poetry: share your first day of spring 

We asked nature lovers to share their observations of the arrival of spring. These have now been woven together into a poem by writer Elizabeth-Jane Burnett. Delivered in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this project shines a light on the important role nature has played in our lives throughout the pandemic and the sense of hope that has long been associated with spring.

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