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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire will benefit from extra funding to restore peatland

Funding boost for peatland landscapes 

Projects to restore peatland in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk have received £815,877 of funding from the Government. Among the places to benefit are Wicken Fen and Heigham Holmes. Find out more about our conservation work and discover why healthy peatland is so important in the battle against climate change.

Rene Olivieri

National Trust announces René Olivieri as new Chair 

Today we announced the appointment of René Olivieri as our new Chair from February 2022. He's pledged to bring his unique experience in both culture and nature to become a forceful advocate for the charity.

Storm damage, Bodnant Garden

Irreplaceable trees lost in Storm Arwen 

Many of the UK's most precious and unique trees have been damaged by Storm Arwen as its gale force winds brought down thousands of trees across the north of England and Wales. Bodnant Gardens in North Wales, Wallington in Northumberland and areas of the Lake District in Cumbria were some of the worst hit places. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed but the restoration is likely to amount to at least £3million.

Winter panorama, Parke, Devon

No trail hunt licences to be issued on Trust land 

The National Trust’s Board of Trustees has announced the charity will no longer issue licences for trail hunting on Trust land. At the charity’s Annual General Meeting in October 2021, members voted by 76,816 to 38,184 in favour of banning trail hunting on our land. The Trustees considered this and a wide range of complex factors before coming to their decision.

Thermal image of seals against the drone image of seals on the beach

Thermal imagery used for annual seal count  

Thermal imagery from a drone will be used for the first time by rangers on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland to help verify seal pup numbers at one of the largest grey seal pup colonies in England. Rangers are working with researchers at Newcastle University, Oxford University, the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and TerraDrone to test counting the seals with a drone that uses two separate cameras, one to film the seals from above and the second using a thermal imaging camera.

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