The Wildlife Trusts are the UK’s largest people-powered environmental organisation working for nature’s recovery on land and at sea. Composed of 47 individual Wildlife Trusts that cover the whole country from the Isle of Man to Alderney, the Wildlife Trusts manage over 95,000 hectares of land and have more than 800,000 members.
Each Wildlife Trust is an independent charity with deep roots within their communities. Most Trusts were established by the end of the 1960s, usually at a county-wide level. They were set up by local activists determined to save what they could of Britain’s fast disappearing meadows, forests and heaths – often in the face of widespread devastation.The Wildlife Trusts are committed to bringing people and wildlife closer together. Every year the Trusts help 380,000 people connect with their natural surroundings through school visits and events they run, demonstrating how society can benefit from nature and the value it brings to us all.Through programmes like Living Landscapes, the Trusts restore and recreate wildlife-rich spaces in rural and urban areas for current and future generations to enjoy. Since 2006, over 100 Living Landscape schemes have been created. The organisation also has a vital role to play in creating and maintaining Local Wildlife Sites which protect Britain’s most threatened species and habitats.The Trusts’ strength lie in their localness and knowledge of local places and people. Their work comes out of, and is accountable to, the local communities they form a part of. The Wildlife Trusts’ real value however, is their ability to unite all 47 Trusts to champion nature to national audiences. Each Trust is a corporate member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT, registered charity number 207238), a charity founded in 1912 by philanthropist Charles Rothschild. This federated structure is adopted widely in the social people-focused charity sector where a national voice and local needs are equally important. The Wildlife Trusts are constantly partnering with local people to improve the local environment and quality of life.The Wildlife Trusts has launched the My Wild Life campaign which encourages us all to stop for a minute to reflect on what wildlife means to us and think about how to make wildlife part of our everyday lives.For more information about The Wildlife Trusts, their work and how to get involved with any of the 47 local Trusts, please click here.
My Wild Life is about people from all walks of life showing how nature is helping us all, everyday. Because the more people who are making nature part of their life, the bigger the voice for wildlife and wild places.Sir David Attenborough has travelled the world in search of wildlife but in London where he lives he can watch beetles flying in his garden and marvel at ancient trees in London’s parks. Sir David, The Wildlife Trusts’ President Emeritus, says: “Contact with nature should not be the preserve of the privileged. It is critical to the personal development of our children.This is why The Wildlife Trusts are restoring wildlife and wild places in towns and cities as well as in the countryside, and why we are encouraging people from all walks of life to share their own personal stories about what nature means to them. Sir David Attenborough is one of hundreds of people taking part so far, alongside students, nurses, families, volunteers, teachers and many others from across the UK.Add your story at www.mywildlife.org.uk . Share why wildlife and wild places matter to you using #MyWildLife.