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 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
Creating A Living Landscape
The Wildlife Trusts work in partnership with thousands of landowners and businesses across the UK in towns, cities and in the wider countryside.
Using the our existing network of more than 2,000 nature reserves as a cornerstone, The Wildlife Trusts have a recovery plan for the UK’s wildlife and fragmented habitats.
- Known as A Living Landscape, it is being achieved through restoring, recreating and reconnecting large areas of wildlife habitat, helping to safeguard the ecosystems that we depend on for so much.
Securing Living Seas
The Wildlife Trusts are also working to protect the UK’s marine environment and secure Living Seas.
We are involved with many marine conservation projects around the UK, often surveying and collecting vital data on the state of our seas.
- Every year we run National Marine Week in August – a two-week celebration of our seas with hundreds of events around the UK.
Inspiring People and Encouraging Action For the Environment
Our overall aim at The Wildlife Trusts is to achieve a UK richer in wildlife – for the benefit of all.
We stand up for wildlife and want to inspire the nation about the nature on our doorsteps.
Whether you fancy getting into the great outdoors or being an armchair supporter, there are opportunities for all.
From volunteering and the chance to get some fresh air on one of our nature reserves, to taking part in one of the many events we run... or perhaps leading one of our junior Wildlife Watch groups to inspire the next generation of naturalists.
- Your local Trust will be pleased to advise you about the opportunities on offer in your area.
Your local Wildlife Trust
- HRH The Prince of Wales
- Simon King OBE
- Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS
- Professor Aubrey Manning OBE
- Professor J Chris Baines
- Professor David Macdonald CBE DSc FRSE
- Julian Pettifer OBE
- Professor Sir Robert Worcester KBE DL
- Chris Packham
- Nick Baker
- Bill Oddie OBE
- Bill Bolsover CBE
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.