Parks, trails and nature reserves

Returning the marsh fritillary butterfly return to Oxfordshire

Marsh Fritillary butterfly

Natural England work with the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and landowners is helping to return the marsh fritillary butterfly to Oxfordshire Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Liam Lysaght The marsh fritillary butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia) is thought to have become extinct in Oxfordshire around …

How I changed my career thanks to a Natural England apprenticeship

Steve Walker surveying for bees and butterflies on the Kingley Vale NNR

When you think of an apprentice you’ll probably think of someone in their late teens, so it may surprise you to know that I started my apprenticeship with Natural England in my mid-thirties. To say it has been life changing is no understatement and making the decision to change my career later in life was surprisingly easy.

Welcome from the Chairman


Welcome to Natural England’s new blog. This is a place where we’ll share updates on our work and stories from our staff - whether that's work on creating a continuous path around our coast and managing 140 National Nature Reserves, or conducting research on the recovery of the dormouse and monitoring populations of hen harriers.