Protecting Wildlife Sites

What We Do

Protecting wildlife sites on sea and land

Eaton and Gamston Wood (Adam Cormack)

Protecting places to save their wildlife and habitats has been at the heart of what we do since we were founded more than 100 years ago. Today The Wildlife Trusts care for more than 2,300 nature reserves - woods, meadows, marshes, city parks. At sea we campaign for Marine Protected Areas - parts of the seabed where wildlife is protected. 

Our nature reserves

Woods and meadows, heaths and moors, mountain and downland, rivers and wetlands and the coast - The Wildlife Trusts manage more than 2,000 nature reserves across the UK, the Isle of man and Alderney. These protect rare and threatened species and habitats and are a gateway for you to experience the natural world... .

Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas are places at sea where certain damaging activities are restricted. They are a tried and tested means of protecting habitats and wildlife at sea and there are many around the world.

In the UK, there are many different types of Marine Protected Areas. Together these form a network around our coast and further out at sea, which, once complete, will protect a wide range of marine wildlife and the special places they call home.

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Find a nature reserve

Meathop Moss nature reserve, Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Local Wildlife Sites

Local Wildlife Sites are identified and selected locally using robust, scientifically-determined criteria and detailed ecological surveys. As a result, these special and often secret spaces have a huge part to play in the natural green fabric of our towns and countryside. They make up a web of stepping stones and corridors for wildlife, forming key components of ecological networks. 

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Merry's Meadows nature reserve, Leicestershire

Merry's Meadows nature reserve, Leicestershire (Adam Cormack)