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Annual Review 2015 -2016

This year's Annual Review gives you a snapshot of the breadth of our impact as a charity since we launched our new vision.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of wildlife and wild places in Cheshire. Our vision is simple but ambitious. Within a generation, we want there to be more space for wildlife to thrive and for more local people to value nature. We aim to do this by creating a network of bigger, better and healthier spaces for wildlife on land and at sea. We want local people to become knowledgeable and passionate about nature so that they will take better care of it. And we want the needs of wildlife to be valued in decision making in balance with the needs of people.

Over the past financial year (April 2015-March 2016) we’ve made great progress towards achieving the goals which are set out in our 2015-2020 Strategy. In this Annual Review, we give you a snapshot of the breadth of our impact as a charity since we launched our new vision. 

2015-16 saw us complete the Gowy Connect project, a large-scale Living Landscape scheme funded by the Environment Agency, WREN, Broxton Barn Owl Group and supported by Natural England. Over four years, almost 200 hectares of wetland and grassland habitat were restored for wildlife such as otter, water vole, barn owl and lapwing. Two new landscape-scale projects got off the starting blocks. Through the Saltscape Landscape Partnership, we surveyed habitats and species and gave management advice to 13 Local Wildlife Site landowners in mid-Cheshire and delivered wildlife education days to local primary schools.

We also embarked upon a Living Landscape scheme for Cheshire’s peak fringe and started giving catchment management advice to landowners in Macclesfield on behalf of United Utilities. The Delamere’s Lost Mosses and Delamere’s Dragons projects, funded and supported by Forestry Commission England, WREN, Natural England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Cheshire West and Chester Council, the Lindley Shaw Foundation and the British Dragonfly Society, continued apace, gaining national recognition on ITV’s Countrywise in the autumn. Living Seas work continued as we maintained pressure on the Government to designate more Marine Conservation Zones and the Love My Estuary project saw us working with partners across the Dee estuary to improve water for wildlife. 

Our Heritage Lottery Fund volunteering project Natural Futures got off to a fantastic start, galvanising existing volunteers, welcoming new faces to help us, and connecting us with community groups so that there are more local people, doing more for nature in Cheshire. Work with children and families expanded with over 4,000 people taking part in an environmental experience, whether that was through Nature Tots, Forest School, school visits, or one of our public events such as Open Farm Sunday.

And what about the wildlife on our reserves? We saw the return of the green hairstreak butterfly to Delamere, and recorded the highest concentration of spawning natterjack toads at Red Rocks for 30 years. We recorded the locally rare marsh tit nesting at Warburton’s Wood, and at Gowy Meadows new species were discovered, including glossy ibis and a cuckoo bee which was previously unrecorded in Cheshire. We also teamed up with Cheshire Bat Group to add more bat boxes at Marbury Reedbed – home to the rare nathusius pipistrelle – and Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers to install bird boxes to encourage species such as willow tit at Danes Moss.

Some of the ground work done in this Annual Review year set us up for 2016-17. We’ve started our Coronation Meadows restoration project at Swettenham Meadows, launched our Brightlife-funded Great Outdoors Malpas project, opened a Forest School at The Quinta, and launched new Beach School and WildPlay initiatives. 

But we’re not complacent. Although this is a celebration of all the things that you have helped us to achieve, there is much more to do. These remain difficult times for wildlife. Nature continues to decline and both the financial and political climate  are making our work to protect local wildlife even harder.

It’s because of your vital support that we have been able to do so much already to care for wildlife, whether it’s through practical conservation, inspiring others or raising environmental awareness. We don’t receive any direct Government funding, so it’s only through your membership, donations and gifts in wills that we can keep protecting Cheshire’s precious wildlife, across our countryside, in our towns, and out to sea. 

With your help we know we can do more, please keep supporting us and please encourage others to do so as well. Thank you for your continued support.

Charlotte Harris
Chief Executive
Cheshire Wildlife Trust


Trustees Report, Statutory Accounts 

Please click on the PDF links below to download our Trustees Report and our Statutory Accounts.

This year, our Annual General Meeting is being held at the Lion Saltworks museum, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, CW9 6ES from 9.30am on Saturday, 22nd October, 2016. 

If you wish to vote by proxy or attend the meeting please download the AGM 2016 Notification document below for more information.

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18_the_grebe_autumn16_annualreview_digital.pdf1.22 MB
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accounts_year_ended_31_march_2016_163443.pdf1.25 MB