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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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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.

Close-up of daffodils in the garden at Tyntesfield

Nature diary: share your first day of spring 

We’re calling on wildlife lovers to send us their observations of the first day of spring and help us create a nationwide nature diary.

The remnants of a picnic from the 1980s found at Formby

Beach cleans reveal unusual rubbish 

Unusual finds have been discovered on the beach cleans you help us with. Some of the objects are decades old, including a ‘Claws’ crisp packet from 1976 and a bottle of rum from post-Prohibition America, both found at Formby, Liverpool. Though weird and wonderful, they show how serious the conservation challenge is for our waters and coastlines.

Joanna Lumley at the front door of Smallhythe Place

A new patron for Smallhythe's Barn Theatre 

Smallhythe Place, former home of the great Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry, has welcomed Joanna Lumley OBE as the patron of its Barn Theatre. Joanna's first undertaking as Patron was unveiling a new costume display at Smallhythe Place, revealing dresses worn by Ellen Terry in one of her greatest roles, as Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

Affectionate puffins on the Farne Islands

Farne Islands annual puffin count 

To protect puffins as much as we can, amid fears that climate change is affecting their sources of food and numbers, we have an annual count of puffins on the Farne Islands. Between April and late July, puffins return to the Farnes to breed and raise their young. Our rangers take this opportunity to count the puffin population levels.

The restored 'Petworth Beauties' on display at the British Baroque exhibition

Tate Britain's 'British Baroque' exhibition featuring our Petworth Beauties 

Seven paintings from our collections are featuring in the new exhibition 'British Baroque: Power and Illusion’ at Tate Britain, London, which runs from 5 February to 19 April 2020

Bust of St Agnes

Rare Gothic sculpture found at Anglesey Abbey 

A carved bust of St Agnes has recently been identified as the work of renowned 15th-century sculptor Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden. Thought lost to the art world, the bust is the only example of Gerhaert’s work in a UK public collection.

A beaver swimming in the river at Holnicote

Beavering away: nature's heroes 

We've released a pair of beavers at the Holnicote Estate in Somerset to improve flood management and support wildlife. The beavers will help make areas of the river more resilient to climate change and the extremes of weather it will bring.

Geese coming in to roost on Blakeney Freshes

Capturing carbon 

Almost three quarters of the most important land in our care is vulnerable to climate change. Not only do these landscapes support wildlife they also store and capture carbon emissions. Find out what we're doing to protect them.

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