Who we are

About Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Water vole c. Tom Marshall

About Us

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. With the invaluable support of volunteers and members we manage around 40 nature reserves. We also work with other organisations and landowners to protect and connect wildlife sites across the county and inspire local communities and young people to care for wildlife where they live.

As the region’s leading wildlife charity, we act as a voice for wildlife and the environment, meeting with those who shape and influence our countryside from your local community to Westminster.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring wildlife back – for everyone, everywhere – and we urgently need your help.

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Our strategy

We have reached a tipping point. By 2030, we must see nature recovering, wildlife returning and ecosystems restored. We can’t defer; we can’t wait for more data or better reasons to act. The evidence is already there and we know what to do. If we delay, the damage will be irreversible. If we wait until the impacts of environmental breakdown are upon us – that is until we witness the rising sea levels, personally suffer the effects of pollution or notice the lack of birdsong – it will be too late.

Putting nature into recovery must be what we turn all our efforts to now; it has to be the priority.

It won’t be easy. This is a complex challenge and the next 10 years will be just the start, but we can do it.

Read our strategy
Bluebells at Warburton's Wood

Bluebells at Warburton's Wood

Our history

In 1912 naturalist, Charles Rothschild, had a radical idea that would form the foundation of the conservation movement in the UK - wildlife preservation on a habitat scale. It evolved into a list of 284 sites which were deemed worthy of preservation. We are lucky enough to have one of these sites in Cheshire, still managed by our Trust today - Abbotts Moss Nature Reserve.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust was formed in 1962 by volunteers and with two nature reserves (then called the Cheshire Conservation Trust) and has grown significantly in the number of its members, reserves and influence since.


How we're run

A group of elected Trustees oversee the governance and strategic leadership of the organisation. Our Trustees are members of the Trust and give their experience and expertise for free.

More about our governance

How we're funded

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is a charity, and as such we rely on the support of membership subscriptions, donations, grants, legacies and other funding sources to allow us to carry out our work.

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Our funds

How we raise funds

Snipe c. Margaret Holland

Snipe c. Margaret Holland

How we spend money

Snipe c. Margaret Holland

Snipe c. Margaret Holland

In these challenging times our work will still continue to defend local wildlife

We can’t do this without your support so please donate what you can.