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Adonis blue butterfly. Photo credit: SDNPA

Count butterflies in the South Downs

The Big Butterfly Count needs your help with its annual survey of the nation’s butterflies. South Downs Ranger, Tim Squire tells us how you can get involved. #Summerofbeauty

Pied flycatcher in flight by Craig Jones

Capturing the pied flycatcher on camera

Wildlife photographer Craig Jones takes us through his incredible experience capturing the tiny pied flycatcher on camera in the Peak District as part of our #summerofbeauty blog series. 

Beautiful oak woodland in the Peak District

It’s time to bite the bullet for nature in National Parks

Prof Alastair Driver from Rewilding Britain says it’s time for National Parks to bite the bullet and focus much harder on the enhancement of natural beauty and wildlife #summerofbeauty

Natterjack toad by Matt Wilson

Natterjack toads – rare native to National Parks

Just two populations of this rare and elusive species are left in the New Forest National Park. Dr. Laurence Jarvis Science and Research Manager at Froglife takes a close look at this unusual toad as part of our #summerofbeauty

Rory Stewart is Minister of State for Justice and MP for Penrith and The Border

Rory Stewart MP: rewilding leaves no place for people in the Lake District

Rewilding is a hot topic and our #summerofbeauty looks at all sides of the issues. Ahead of a debate on the issue, Conservative MP Rory Stewart argues rewilding is the wrong approach for restoring nature in our National Parks.

Mountain hare by Tom Aspinall

How Community Scientists are caring for Peak District moors

Joseph Margetts from Moors for the Future Partnership takes us through the important work being done to protect willdife by the winning project of the 2017 Park Protector Award #summerofbeauty

Little whirlpool ramshorn snails by Paul Sterry Nature Photographers Ltd

Saving creatures great and small

RSPB ecologist Jane Sears takes a look at the efforts to bring two beautiful beasties Back from the Brink at Puborough Brooks in the South Downs National Park #summerofbeauty

 

Fly agaric. How can we make sure National Parks flourish?

Making the Parks even more beautiful by ensuring they flourish

CEO of Campaign for National Parks, Fiona Howie looks at the reccomendations from our newest report, Raising the bar: improving nature in our National Parks. #summerofbeauty 

Goldfinches in action in the Broads

Where the wild things are

Despite covering 0.1% of the UK the Broads are home to a 25% of the country’s rarest wildlife, with hi-tech camera for hire the Broads Authority want you to see what you can find! #summerofbeauty

Should National Parks lead a resurgence in the red squirrel

Saving the red squirrel

National Parks and Squirrel Management: What does one say about the other? Bob Cartwright deputy chair of the Westmorland Reds, a charity dedicated to red squirrel conservation in the Lake District, explains. #summerofbeauty

Herringfleet Mill by the Broads Authority

What do we mean by beauty?

 We are launching our summer of beauty campaign but in the context of National Parks what does beauty mean? Andrew Hall takes a look in the first of our #summerofbeauty blogs.

Hadrian's Wall by Dr Andrew Birley

Stepping into Roman footprints

Dr Andrew Birley explores the fascinating legacy of Roman Britain at Northumberland’s famous Hadrian’s Wall.

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