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Visitors at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Coronavirus update 

From end of Tuesday 24 March, we closed all our car parks to further restrict the spread of coronavirus. This followed the decision to close our parks and gardens in addition to our houses, shops and cafes. We urge people to stay local and observe social distancing. Please do not travel.

Red squirrel

Brownsea rangers help red squirrels find their acorns 

Brownsea Island is famous for its population of red squirrels. But on the island, all is not as it should be. Over winter, Brownsea rangers had to give the forgetful squirrels a hand and help them search for lost acorns.

A mother and child in the bluebells at Powis Castle, Wales

Top spots for signs of spring 

From gambolling lambs to fields of dancing daffodils and the scent of wild garlic, there are so many things to love about spring. If you've been waiting eagerly for the season to start, then these are the best places to go and drink it all in.

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Bishop's Stortford, Essex

Ancient royal hunting forest

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near Malborough, Devon

A coastline of dramatic cliffs, open farmland and hidden sandy coves

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A family outdoors using a telescope to view the night sky

Top spots for stargazing 

The big, open skies of the countryside let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night. Take a look at our top spots for stargazing.

A family and their dog having fun in the garden

Dog-walkers 

Many of our places are as mad about dogs as you are. Find out more about bringing your dog along with you.

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