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Birdwatcher with binoculars
A Manx shearwater flies close to the surface

Seabird numbers soar on Lundy 

Seabirds such as puffins and Manx shearwaters are booming on the island of Lundy off the coast of Devon. According to research, led by RSPB, seabird numbers on Lundy have tripled to 21,000 during the last 15 years. The increase follows a project we were involved in to rid the island of rats, which were threatening the chicks and eggs of burrow nesting birds.

Bridge over the River Derwent

Director-General announces £10 million project to bring UK rivers back to life 

We have announced ambitious plans to ensure that our rivers and catchments are clean, healthy and rich in wildlife, inspiring people to connect with these waterways and their cultural and social impact.

Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust

Hear from our new Director-General 

On her first day as Director-General, Hilary McGrady reflects on what the National Trust means to her and her hopes for its future.

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.

Erddig bookshop volunteerJoan Capel

Erddig’s longstanding volunteer, Joan Capel turns 100 

Joan is just one example of the inspirational women contributing to the Trust today. Her story launches a themed programme of events and exhibitions throughout 2018 exploring the previously untold stories of the women that have shaped and safeguarded our special places.

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.

A Magus at a Table by Jan Lievens

Celebrating Dutch painting 

Dutch masterpieces from our places will go on show in a major new exhibition, Prized Possessions, opening on 25 May at the Holburne Museum in Bath, exploring the 'Golden Age' of Dutch Art.

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.

Nature friendly farming at Conygree Farm, Gloucestershire

National Trust joins launch of Nature Friendly Farming Network  

We are calling on the UK and devolved governments to support nature friendly farming policies post-Brexit.

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.