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 Vision

In a generation, wildlife has more space to thrive and more local people value nature.

Our Purpose

To conserve and create space for local wildlife that is enjoyed and valued by all.

Our Values

  • We are passionate about securing a future for local wildlife on land and at sea
  • We aim to meet the aspirations of our members, supporters and volunteers
  • We act locally and influence nationally
  • We lead by example and make decisions based on evidence
  • We work in partnership to achieve our goals
  • We are proactive, professional and pioneering
  • We act pragmatically to secure the best outcome for wildlife
  • We make sustainable choices
Delamere c. Claire Huxley

Delamere c. Claire Huxley

Our strategy

By 2020 our work will have created more space for nature. Wildlife will be valued more highly by local people and given greater consideration in decision making. By working locally for nature’s recovery we will have inspired more people to take action for wildlife and secured more resources to deliver our vision.

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.

Support Us

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.