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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.

Should a GCSE in natural history be taught in schools?

Nature at the Heart of Education

Campaigner Mary Colwell explains her mission to inspire the next generation of naturalists. #summerofbeauty

Peregrine falcon in Malham, Yorkshire Dales

Birds of Prey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Ian Court, wildlife officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, tells us about their determination that the illegal persecution of raptors in the Dales should end so that iconic species such as the peregrine falcon and hen harrier can return to the uplands. #summerofbeauty

Ospreys of Kielder

10 years of ospreys at Kielder

Ospreys have now been stalking the fish of Kielder, on the doorstep of Northumberland National Park, for 10 years. Katy Barke of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust takes a look…. #summerofbeauty

Cleaning up the Afon Valley in Snowdonia

Protecting the waters of Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park Authority's Gethin Davies takes a look at the complexities of catchment scale conservation through his work to improve water quality in the Afon Eden. #summerofbeauty

Beavers in our National Parks? Picture via unsplash

Reintroducing life into National Parks

Derek Gow, farmer ecologist and reintroduction specialist, looks at the case for reintroducing beavers and other species in our National Parks to restore the missing stanzas in the song of life. #summerofbeauty

Watching wildlife in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Watching wildlife in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The sea around Pembrokeshire is one of the best places in Europe for marine wildlife. SAC Officer Sue Burton offers some tips on spotting some of the wild and wonderful creatures in this special National Park for our #summerofbeauty series.

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. 

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