Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen is the oldest nature reserve in our care, and last year we celebrated its 120th anniversary. These precious fenland landscapes are not only home to thousands of plants and animals, but they also lock up carbon.
We've created more wetlands by using excess flood water from the river during the winter. This helps to lock away as much as 80 per cent of the carbon stored in the peat.
The ponds at Runneymede are teeming with life. Between May and September, you'll find a variety of dragonflies and damselflies.
This unique wetland habitat is vulnerable to climate change, and our rangers are adapting the way they manage land due to ongoing drought well after the summer is over. The upper pond area is often completely dry for several months. We're looking at ways to divert alternative water into the pond during the summer and aim to save water during the winter.
Atlantic oak woodland is one of the most important habitats for rare carbon-absorbing species of mosses and lichens in Europe. We look after 500 hectares of this kind of woodland in Borrowdale Valley, Lake District.
Blakeney National Nature Reserve
The four-mile-long shingle spit of Blakeney Point not only offers protection for Blakeney Harbour, it’s also home to a vast array of wildlife, including terns and grey seals. Like many parts of the coast, it's under threat from climate change and is already experiencing the effects of sea-level rises.