THE National Trust has released an interactive virtual tour of the 12,500-acre Holnicote Estate in West Somerset.

It can be accessed on the charity’s website (click below) and allows viewers to ‘fly’ over the estate’s diverse landscape which encompasses woodland, coast and high moorland sites, experiencing it in never-before-seen ways both on ground-level and with high resolution 360-degree aerial footage.

The tour includes visits to several pioneering nature conservation initiatives, including the re-introduction of beavers to Exmoor, the Stage Zero river restoration on the River Aller and one of the biggest woodland regeneration projects the National Trust has undertaken at Doverhay, near Porlock, where 13,000 trees have been planted in 18 months.

WATCH: Take your virtual tour HERE.

Viewers can meet the rangers at each site and hear of their approach to looking after the landscape and how their plans are shaped by the current threats to nature including the effects of climate change and the decline of species in our countryside.

The virtual experience also features immersive fictional audio stories inspired by the trust’s work on the estate, written by novelist Ellen Wiles and narrated by British actors including Gemma Whelan and Spencer Jones.

Ben Eardley, project manager at the Holnicote Estate, said: “We have had the opportunity to really focus on restoring nature at this very special place over the last few years, and it is amazing to be able to share this work through different creative ways to bring the stories of the nature and people living here to a much broader audience, wherever they live.”