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Birdwatcher with binoculars
Conservator cleaning chair at Knole, in Kent

Membership price changes to help fund biggest ever conservation programme 

We’re putting up our membership fees by 50p a month to help repair, improve and maintain amazing places for ever and for everyone.

Archive photo of people gathered on Great Gable Summit in 1923

Reviving the “world’s greatest war memorial” 

When the Great War ended, Scafell Pike and 12 other Lakeland summits were given to us as a memorial to those lost. We are commemorating this gift throughout 2018 with a series of events.

Row of lime trees at The Argory

A 25-year plan for nature 

We welcome the government's plan to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment over the next 25 years.

a snowy white seal pup sitting on the sand with its mum close behind

Balmy 2017 threw Britain's wildlife clock haywire 

We may have experienced one of the hottest years on record but it has proved confusing for nature, our annual wildlife and weather review reveals.

Hilary McGrady

Our new Director-General 

Our new Director-General is Hilary McGrady. Hilary will replace Helen Ghosh when Helen steps down in March.

Sheep on Cheddar Gorge

Counting sheep and goats in the gorge 

It’s been a busy year for the feral goats and feral soay sheep that live at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. The annual count, carried out by rangers, volunteers and students, tallied over 100 sheep and 60 goats, marking a small rise in the populations of both animals.

Lady Londonderry

Celebrating the anniversary of female suffrage 

1918 marks the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time. We are commemorating this anniversary by telling stories from our places, many of which have been overlooked before now.