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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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.

Fire fighters tackling the flames at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Thank you for helping us restore Marsden Moor 

With your help we’ve been able to start repairing Marsden Moor, which was devastated by fires earlier this year. So far, we’ve raised over £100,000 to help reverse the damage to this precious peatland landscape. But there’s still more that needs to be done.

A close up of signatures in the Chartwell Visitors Book

The mystery of Chartwell's Visitors Book signatures 

Staff and volunteers have been digitising the historic Visitors Book at Chartwell in Kent to reveal the famous names who came to call - including Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and President Truman - but 15 names can't be deciphered.

Forget-me-nots in the garden at Peckover House, Cambridgeshire

Working together for a dementia-friendly future 

We’ve partnered with Alzheimer’s Society on an ambitious three-year collaboration to make all 500 National Trust historic and countryside sites dementia-friendly.

The high beech canopy in summer

Woodland sounds boost wellbeing, according to new study 

In a new study we've commissioned, woodland sounds have been shown to have a direct impact on our wellbeing, making us more relaxed, less stressed and less anxious. The results revealed that woodland sounds make people feel 30% more relaxed.

Jackdaws eat caterpillars that destroy box hedges

Jackdaws help us look after box hedges 

Jackdaws are helping us manage a destructive caterpillar that eats away at the box hedges, which are a key feature of the historic gardens in our care. Much to the relief of our gardeners, the small black crows have been eating the box tree moth caterpillars that have been affecting the hedges at Ham House and Garden in Richmond.

Views like this of Long Mynd from Haddon Hill are under threat

Heather landscapes threatened by climate change  

In late summer the hills at Long Mynd in Shropshire and Holnicote in Exmoor are normally carpeted with purple heather. This year most of the heather at these treasured landscapes in our care didn't bloom because of climate change. Find out what we're doing to get the heather flowering again.

The Cerne Abbas giant, Dorset

Cerne Abbas giant gets a makeover 

We're cleaning up the Cerne Abbas giant, the mysterious figure that has loomed large on a Dorset hillside since the 17th century, if not longer. Now in its 100th year under our care, the 60-metre giant will be re-chalked to ensure its outline remains sharp, bright and visible for miles around.

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