Why we're here
We need nature and it needs us. We’re here to make the world wilder and make nature part of life, for everyone. We’re helping to make life better – for wildlife, for people and for future generations.
Who we are
The Wildlife Trusts is a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, who believe that we need nature and nature needs us. We have more than 850,000 members, 38,000 volunteers, 2,000 staff and 600 trustees.
Each Wildlife Trust is an independent charity formed by people getting together to make a positive difference to wildlife and future generations, starting where they live.
What we do
For more than a century we have been saving wildlife and wild places, increasing people’s awareness and understanding of the natural world, and deepening people’s relationship with it.
We work on land and sea, from mountain tops to the seabed, from hidden valleys and coves to city streets. Wherever you are, Wildlife Trust people, places and projects are never far away, improving life for wildlife and people together, within communities of which we are a part.
We look after more than 2,300 nature reserves, covering 98,500 hectares, and operate more than 100 visitor and education centres in every part of the UK, on Alderney and the Isle of Man.
By working in partnership we can have a bigger impact for wildlife. Across the UK we work closely with schools, colleges and universities, with hundreds of farmers and landowners, fishermen and divers; with thousands of companies, big and small; with community groups and other environmental organisations; with lotteries, charitable trusts and foundations; with politicians from across the political spectrum; with local and national governments; and more.
We believe that
- People are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do has an impact on it.
- The natural world is valuable in its own right, and is the foundation of our wellbeing and prosperity; we depend on it and it depends on us.
- Everyone deserves to live in a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world.
- Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in their daily lives.
We believe that a healthy wildlife-rich natural world is valuable in its own right and is also the foundation of our wellbeing and prosperity; we depend on it and it depends on us
Questions & Answers
Answers to questions like: What is your charitable purpose? What difference are you making? How are the individual Wildlife Trusts governed? Where can I find a copy of your Annual Report? Are your nature reserves free to visit? Do you allow field sports (like hunting) on your land?