Include a gift in your will

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Include a gift in your will

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Protect the wildlife you love across the UK, for future generations

We believe that everyone deserves to live in a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world and have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife and wild places in their daily lives. Including a gift in your Will to The Wildlife Trusts, no matter the size, makes a difference and helps protect wildlife across the UK for future generations. You might want to include a gift in your Will to The Wildlife Trusts on a national level, to support innovative conservation projects that benefit the whole movement.  Alternatively, you may wish to include a gift in your Will to one or more individual Wildlife Trusts, to protect wildlife in parts of the UK that are special to you.

How gifts can help...

Gift in Wills have helped us protect wild places, provide a lifeline to species under threat, and give local people opportunities to experience wildlife in their daily lives. Click on the stories below to find out more.

The story of Stirley Community Farm

Stirley Farm

Kate Thorneberry

Once an intensive upland dairy farm, Stirley Community Farm in West Yorkshire is now a thriving wildlife haven. With the support of legacies, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust were able to purchase and renovate the farm buildings into an award winning education centre and revitalise the 240 acres of farmland. The farm was transformed for the local community and there are many opportunities for people from around Huddersfield to get involved. Rachel Preston previously worked as a school learning mentor and, despite loving her job, had to resign due to depression and anxiety and she became isolated from her local community. Volunteering at Stirley Community Farm has had a big impact on Rachel:

“It’s changed my life, my personal confidence. It’s given me that oomph…It’s shown me that at some point I will get back to work…it has helped me on the journey to recovery.”

The story of Devon's beavers

Beaver Kits Mike Symes

Mike Symes

Thanks to legacies given to The Wildlife Trusts, wild beavers are successfully breeding in the English landscape after an absence of 400 years. Beavers are a great addition to our landscape because they are brilliant at creating wetland habitats which can prevent flooding further downstream. In 2016, Devon Wildlife Trust were delighted to announce the birth of the first wild baby beavers in England for centuries. Tom Buckley captured the fabulous footage of the beaver and her kits. He said:

“When I saw these new born baby beavers I was totally overwhelmed and thought it must be a miracle. My first sighting of this year’s new born kits was when I saw their mother swimming with one of them in her mouth to an area nearby where their father was waiting to greet them”.

Our promise to you

  • We recognise your loved ones come first in your Will.
  • We will treat you fairly and we won’t intrude on your privacy.
  • We will never ask you the size or type of your legacy, because every gift makes a difference.
  • We understand that circumstances change and there may be a time where you need to take the Wildlife Trusts out of your Will.
  • We promise to use your gift wisely, in line with your wishes.

Details you might need

Full name: The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
Registered Charity No: 207238
Our address: The Kiln, Waterside, Mather Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1WT
Telephone: 01636 677 711

Frequently asked questions about leaving a gift in your Will

Get in touch

To talk to someone about leaving a gift in your Will, and to find out more information about the difference your gift can make, fill in your details below. Our Individual Giving Manager, Ruth Grice will be in touch shortly. She can also be contacted on 01636 670094.

Find your local Trust and support places that are special to you

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Remember a Charity

We are part of Remember A Charity, a consortium of over 200 charities all working together to raise awareness of the importance of having a Will and encouraging more people to consider leaving a gift in their Will to charity. 

You can visit the Remember A Charity website to find local solicitors, who will be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities when making a Will. 

Kathy & Andrew wildlife trust

Matthew Roberts

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