One hundred water voles will be reintroduced into the National Trust’s Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend, in what is believed to be the highest upland water vole reintroduction project (by altitude) ever carried out in Britain.
This will be the first time the endangered mammals have been seen at Malham Tarn – England’s highest freshwater lake (377m) – in fifty years.
National Trust ecologists believe Malham Tarn’s water voles were wiped out in the 1960s by mink, which escaped from fur farms nearby.
Water vole at Malham Tarn (c) National Trust Images / Paul C Dunn
BBC Countryfile Live, the first live festival based on the BBC’s hit countryside show, ended on a high yesterday. Over four days thousands descended on Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, for sun-kissed days of debate, farm animals and play.
Charlotte Smith, presenter of BBC Farming Today, spoke to us about her top moments from hosting the speakers in the National Trust Theatre at BBC Countryfile Live.Continue reading →
Ahead of speaking at BBC Countryfile Live today, our former Director General and author of The Fight for Beauty Dame Fiona Reynolds tells us why beauty and beautiful places matter more than ever. Continue reading →
Tregullas Farm, the most southerly farm on mainland Britain, was the winner of the National Trust’s first-ever ‘Farming with Nature’ award at its Fine Farm Produce Awards ceremony yesterday.
Against the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace, BBC Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison and Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, presented this special award to farmers Rona and Nevil Amiss in the National Trust Cookery Theatre at BBC Countryfile Live.