Our nature week - 22 May to 26 May 2023


19 May 2023

To mark United Nations Biodiversity Day (22 May), we're highlighting the nature-focused work we and our partners do around the country

Our nature week - 22 May to 26 May 2023

Over the next three decades, we plan to deliver a sustainable road network that protects and enhances the environment:

  • mitigating the impact of England’s busiest roads
  • ensure that our land can be a force for good for generations to come

Our recently published Environmental Sustainability Strategy sets out our vision of a connected country and a thriving environment.

Our soft estate

Did you know that we're one of the country's largest landowners?

The land we manage includes 30,000 hectares of green land, our 'soft estate'.

We're commited to using this land to:

  • reconnect habitats
  • reverse the decline in biodiversity
  • help wildlife thrive
  • increase environmental resilience to a changing climate
Great Crested Newt
Great Crested Newt, A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon. We aim to have as little impact on species and habitats as we can - and improve conditions where possible
Green bridge
Computer model of 'green bridge' - reuniting natural habitats
Old A3 Hindhead
Old A3, Hindhead - returned to nature

Find out more - day by day

For the rest of this week, we'll be running different stories about our nature-focussed work.

We'll cover a different topic each day, including:

Historic Railway Estate

We care for more than 3,000 historic railway structures across England, Wales, and Scotland. These structures, once part of Britain's rail network, are known as the Historical Railway Estate. Over many years, they've become home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Hibernating bats
Railway tunnels make ideal habitats for bats


We'll be highlighting some of the rare and interesting wildlife found on the verges and green land next our road network.

Bee orchid
Bee Orchid - A64 Askham Bog, Yorkshire

Biodiversity initiatives

We'll be updating you on grasslands and wildflower planting schemes that have boosted biodiversity across the country.

Grassland can increase biodiversity and capture carbon

Network for nature

We joined forces with The Wildlife Trusts to launch a new £6 million Network for Nature programme. Learn more about how this benefits people, nature and wildlife.

Ponds and wetlands are among the habitats Network for Nature will enhance, restore and create

Follow Nature Week on social media

Throughout the week we'll be posting about our work with nature across the network we manage.  Follow us at #NHNatureWeek.