Natural England - South West

South West

The region covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Regional news

Regional features

  • Bee orchid at Hardington NNR © Peter Wakely / Natural England

    Second group of NNRs is dedicated for public access

    (21 February 2014) Public access rights came into effect today over a further 13 of Natural England’s National Nature Reserves (NNRs)


  • Flooding at Shapwick Heath NNR © Peter Wakely / Natural England

    Somerset Levels and Moors floods

    (7 February 2014) Resolving the flooding problems currently affecting the Somerset Levels and Moors is a matter of the utmost priority and Natural England plays an important role in providing environmental advice to flood management and drainage authorities. We welcome the government’s recent funding announcement and will provide whatever support is necessary to help deliver the government’s twenty year Action Plan for the area.


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    Dedicating our NNRs for public access

    (23 December 2013) On 27 December 2013 public access rights come into effect over six of Natural England’s National Nature Reserves (NNRs).


  • Shropshire ewe and twin lambs © Simon Hope/Natural England

    Ewe little beauty

    (11 December 2013) The outstanding breeding success of the flock of pedigree Shropshire sheep that graze Natural England’s Parsonage Down National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Wiltshire has been acknowledged by the Shropshire Sheep Breeders’ Association at this year’s Annual General Meeting.


  • Working together for the Cornish language and landscape © Cornwall Council

    Cornwall’s natural environment to be interpreted in Cornish

    (22 November 2013) Natural England and MAGA, the Cornish Language Partnership, have signed a Statement of Intent which will see Natural England incorporating more of the Cornish language into its nature conservation interpretation materials within Cornwall.


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