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We love National Parks and think they are amazing places. But we also think they should be the best they can possibly be for the future. Our blog is a space for people to share their views on issues affecting National Parks in England and Wales.

If you would like to contribute a piece, please contact info@cnp.org.uk

Please note, the opinions expressed in all our blogs are of the author, and not endorsed by Campaign for National Parks. We are hosting blogs on a variety of subjects to provoke thought and discussion about National Parks.

Haytor by Dartmoor National Park Authority

What are environmental principles?

During the passage of the government’s key Brexit legislation there was a lot of discussion about environmental principles. But what are the environmental principles and why do they matter? ClientEarth law and policy advisor Tom West provides some answers... #summerofbeauty 

Man about Tarn by Pete May

Man about Tarn

The beauty of National Parks has inspired thousands of writers. Author Pete May explains why he's in love with the Lake District as part of our #summerofbeauty

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 

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