Helping others manage land

Helping others to manage land

Cheshire Wildlife Trust helping a local farmer to manage riverside habitats

Land management advice and support

The Wildlife Trusts look after more than 90,000 hectares of land including all types of British habitat. Since their inception Wildlife Trusts have worked with local landowners and farmers to care for land in a way that benefits wildlife. Combining local knowledge, skills and expertise with an understanding of current legislation and funding, our specialist staff can help you to get the most for wildlife from your land. We provide advice to farmers, local community groups, councils, other environmental organisations. Some Wildlife Trusts run environmental consultancies that provide advice to businesses. 

What Wildlife Trusts can offer

  • Environmental Stewardship Advice
    We offer support and advice on both Entry Level and Higher Level Stewardship Schemes, whether it’s assisting new applicants to navigate the processes involved or providing continued support to existing agreement holders. As a direct result of this advice, we help to bring millions of pounds to the rural economy every year
  • Practical Advice and Training
    We provide in-depth advice and management plans on habitats from hay meadows to upland wetlands, share expert knowledge for the management of specialist species, deliver workshops to encourage the discussion of ideas, and assist with land management using volunteers. We also conduct thousands of advisory visits every year, covering topics such as resource protection, livestock management and agri-environment schemes.
  • Advice on Local Wildlife Sites
    We work with landowners responsible for Local Wildlife Sites (LWS), delivering whole farm advice as well as survey and grant application assistance. There are around 40,000 LWS’s in England covering more than 700,000 hectares of land, and two thirds of these important sites are in private ownership. They not only provide refuges for a range of wildlife, but also act as stepping stones to link nationally important areas. Lack of management is the main cause of loss and damage to these critical sites.

For advice on managing your land there’s a Wildlife Trust local to you.

Matthew Roberts

It was really about turning conventional thinking on its head – rather than getting the land to suit the cattle, let’s find a breed of cattle that suits the land.
People know when they come to buy beef from us that the meat has come from animals that are helping to support this conservation work.
Mr Huw Rowlands
The Grange Farm, Cheshire
Met Office with lake and bullrushes, Biodiversity Benchmark, the Wildlife Trusts
Land management certification

Biodiversity Benchmark

We help businesses to manage more than 8,700 hectares of land within our Biodiversity Benchmark certification scheme. 

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Ecological advice

Wildlife Trust consultancies

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust providing ecological advice