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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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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.

Two art handlers bring the painting inside

Special 18th-century portrait returns home to Wimpole 

An anonymous donor has enabled a special 18th-century portrait, by renowned society artist Thomas Hudson of Lady Elizabeth Yorke, to return home to Wimpole in Cambridgeshire after it was nearly sold at auction.

Peat fields at Edale, part of the High Peak Estate, Derbyshire

Horticultural peat: National Trusts' joint statement  

Peatlands are vital in the fight against both the causes and effects of climate change. This is why we've come together with National Trusts around the world to call for governments to ban the use of peat in horticulture.

Hilary McGrady speaking at the AGM, October 2021

Latest AGM news 

Members attending the National Trust's 126th AGM today will discover how half a billion pounds will be invested in conservation projects over the next three years and how we're recovering from the pandemic and welcoming a recent influx of new members.

The rear garden under flood water in autumn at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

Playing our part at COP26 

With nations around the world reporting on plans to significantly cut carbon emissions, this year is a turning point for action on climate change. Find out more about our presence at COP26, the world’s largest conference on climate change, which opened in Glasgow on 31 October. Plus, get some ideas on what you can do to join in the fight against the climate crisis.

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