The Wildlife Trusts

Individual Wildlife Trusts were formed across the length and breadth of the UK by the 1960s, in response to the widespread devastation of our natural habitats. Ancient woodlands, lakes, meadows, moors, islands, estuaries and beaches were all rescued in an urgent drive to save our natural heritage for future generations.

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 – at land and 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.

Our vision

'an environment rich in wildlife for everyone'

Our objectives

To create A Living Landscape
To secure Living Seas
To inspire people about the natural world
To encourage individual action for wildlife and the environment

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.




HRH The Prince of Wales


Simon King OBE

President Emeritus

Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS
Professor Aubrey Manning OBE

Vice Presidents

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

Chief Executive

Stephanie Hilborne OBE


You can contact The Wildlife Trusts at:

The Kiln, Waterside, Mather Road, Newark NG24 1WT

T: 019636 677711  F: 01636 670001  E:  W: