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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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A peacock on the terrace at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

While you've been away: wildlife takeover edition 

Lockdown has meant that the gardens and estates in our care have been unusually quiet in recent weeks, but local bird and mammal populations have been making the most of it. From peregrines nesting in a castle to attention-deprived peacocks, here are some of the most unusual wildlife stories from lockdown.

National Trust Director-General Hilary McGrady at Leigh Woods, Bristol

Hilary McGrady calls for urgent support for nature and wildlife sectors 

Our Director-General, Hilary McGrady has urged the Government to ensure its Covid-19 recovery plans support a greener economy. She has called for clear forward-planning to protect green spaces, continue environmental progress and ensure more people have better access to nature-rich green space.

Shrill carder bee queen Bombus sylvarum

Rare bees gain a foothold in Somerset 

Lytes Cary Manor, an estate we care for in Somerset, has been named by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Buglife as one of two sites in England for the endangered Shrill carder bee. We'd like to thank our staff, volunteers and tenant farmers who have worked together to provide the bees with a haven and precious nectar sources. We’ve also been restoring flower-rich grasslands across the country.

Wessenden Valley, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Wildlife returns to Marsden Moor one year after fire 

Our rangers are pleased to report that the precious peatland habitats at Marsden Moor in West Yorkshire are showing positive signs of recovery one year after it was devastated by fire. Short-eared owls, curlews, skylarks and mountain hares have been spotted in the area following a huge conservation effort carried out by rangers and volunteers. Find out more about our work to protect the countryside and the wildlife that depends on it.

National Trust Director-General Hilary McGrady

Enjoy the Easter break at home 

Stay at home this Easter, urges our Director-General Hilary McGrady, at what is traditionally one of our busiest times. Instead, we'll bring Easter fun to you with lots of activities to help you stay connected to nature, history and beauty during this difficult time.

Sandilands beach

We will create a nature reserve on Lincolnshire coast 

We've taken a stretch of coast at Sandilands into our care to create homes for wildlife, including rare seabirds such as black-tailed godwit and oystercatcher. Discover how we will work with partners to transform the former golf course into a nature reserve, restoring dunes and wetlands to create homes for wildlife. Work will begin once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

View of Barmouth town and harbour at Dinas Oleu

Dinas Oleu: Visual tour of special landscape 

To mark the 125th anniversary of the first landscape to come into our care we’re giving you the chance to experience the beauty of Dinas Oleu in North Wales from your own home. We've taken a series of springtime photographs of this magnificent hillside, overlooking the golden sands of the Llŷn Peninsula. This special place was gifted to the nation by philanthropist Fanny Talbot in March 1895.

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