In Numbers

• 800,000+ members

• 37,000 volunteers

• 2,300 nature reserves

• 93,000ha of land cared for

• 120 visitor centres

• 150 Living Landscapes

• 300 Development plans influenced for wildlife

• 4,500 landowners advised

• 165,000ha of land advised on

• 600,000 people directly engaged (including schoolchildren and students)

• 7 million visits to reserves

Annual stats for 2011-12

Who we are

The Wildlife Trusts

There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney.

  • Together The Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places everywhere – on land and at sea.
  • We are supported by more than 800,000 members, 150,000 of which belong to our junior branch - Wildlife Watch.
  • Every year The Wildlife Trusts work with thousands of schools and welcome millions of visitors to our nature reserves and visitor centres.
  • The UK-wide part of our organisation was founded in 1912 by the banker and naturalist Charles Rothschild. By the end of the 1960s Wildlife Trusts had been formed across the Bitish Isles (usually, but not always, at a county-wide level). Trusts were often set up by local activists determined to save what they could - the last remaining meadows, ancient woods, heaths - in the face of widespread devastation to our natural environment.

Our purpose is to:

lead the way in achieving our vision of an environment rich in wildlife for everyone

through pursuing our mission of:

creating Living Landscapes and securing Living Seas

Our objectives are to:

  • demonstrate how nature works
  • inspire people and communities to value and take action for nature
  • champion nature and our work

Your Wildlife Trust



  • HRH The Prince of Wales


  • Simon King OBE

President Emeritus

  • Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS
  • Professor Aubrey Manning OBE



René Olivieri, Chairman







Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive





The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts

All 47 Wildlife Trusts are members of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. (Registered charity number 207238). RSWT also operates a separate Grants Unit administering major funds on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund and the landfill Communities Fund.