We are part of a national movement of Wildlife Trusts of which Sir David Attenborough is President Emeritus.
We manage 100+ nature reserves across our three counties, which include some of Britain's rarest habitats, such as ancient woodlands, wild fen, heathland, wetland and wildflower meadows.
As well as managing these vital spaces for wildlife, we also monitor the health of nature through our monitoring and research team that provide the science behind our conservation work. Surveys enable us to monitor population trends and assess the success of our practical habitat management. This involves a huge variety of surveys for mammals, invertebrates, plants, reptiles, amphibians, and habitats.
The Wildlife Trusts also works hard to campaign for wildlife and wild places on a local and national level, looking to create a better future for nature.
It is no secret that nature is in trouble, wildlife is disappearing at an alarming rate - some are calling it the next mass extinction - and the threat of climate catastrophe is a constant worry. We live in a time of emergency.
But there is still hope - we can tackle both of these critical issues - but we need to scale up and act now. Together, with the movement of Wildlife Trusts, we want at least 30% of our land and sea to be connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030. Making more space for nature to become abundant once again will give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and also restore beautiful wild places - places that store carbon and help to tackle the climate crisis.
We not only need to protect the nature reserves and wild places that we manage which provide vital refuge for our wildlife, but we are also working to build a Living Landscape with connections and space for wildlife intrinsically built into our own road and rail networks, towns and cities, farmland, gardens and every part of our lives. This network will stop the damage and start to re-build a world in which our fragmented wild places are expanded and reconnected, and it means we need the support of local government, Businesses as well as councils and communities to ensure nature is considered at every turn - for all of our good.