Community engagement

A Living Landscape officer at work on the Isle of Wight (credit Hampshire & Isle of Wight WT)

People are at the heart of what we do, helping us to achieve our vision of an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.

We provide a wealth of opportunities for people to enjoy and understand the natural world.

Nature reserves

The Wildlife Trusts’ nature reserves and visitor centres provide well-managed, accessible and inspiring places for people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their local wildlife, attracting more than six million people each year.


Our education teams deliver safe, effective, local learning activities and programmes directly to teaching staff, students and pupils. Every year we engage around 5,500 schools and 150,000 students with outreach work, advice on sustainable living and grounds greening.

We also provided wildlife identification courses to thousands of people every year on subjects such as birds, insects and plant identification.


We hold more than 9,000 land, coastal and marine events a year attracting around 300,000 people.


Several Wildlife Trusts are working with local health care providers to provide opportunities for patients to experience nature in a therapeutic context.


The Wildlife Trusts’ 35,000 volunteers undertake all types of work, from practical conservation such as surveying for water voles and reed planting, to equally important work in our offices, or recruiting new members. This work is a vital part of our conservation efforts and is hugely appreciated.