The Wildlife Trusts are a movement of more than 800,000 members, 40,000 volunteers, 2,000 staff and 600 trustees.

For more than a century, we have been saving, protecting and standing up for wildlife and wild places, increasing people's awareness and understanding of the natural world, and deeping people's relationship with it.
We look after 2,300 nature reserves covering newarly 99,000 hectares, and operate more than 100 visitor and education centres in every part of the UK, Alderney and the Isle of Man.
We work productively with more than 1,800 companies, with other environmental organisations, community groups, local authorities, national governments, schools, universitys, lotteries, charitable trusts and foundations, fishermen, divers, farmers, landowners, politicians from across the political spectrum and more.
There are 37 individual Wildlife Trusts covering England, six in Wales and single Trusts covering Scotland, Northern Ireland and two Crown Dependencies. Wherever we work, we are accountable to people who live nearby. Each Trust is an independent charity, with independent finances, governance and structure. You can find your Wildlife Trust here .
The Wildlife Trusts are supported in doing this by a central charity, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), the purpose of which is "to lead the movement's development, to build trust and to represent the interests of the movement whenever a strong united voice is required." 

Our Structure

As well as being independent and locally-based charities, all 47 Trusts are able to come together 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 banker and philanthropist Charles Rothschild.
This federated structure is adopted widely in the social, or people-focused, charity sector where a national voice and local needs are equally important. This structure suits our personality. We are people-focussed in the way we deliver our work – working with local people to improve our local environment and quality of life.
As the umbrella organisation, RSWT is a relatively small central coordinating charity for The Wildlife Trust movement that provides leadership for the strategic development and ensuring that the interests of The Wildlife Trusts are represented on all occasions when a strong collective voice is required. It has responsibilities for collective work at an England level and for orchestrating our collective work at a UK level. It also has a role to play in ensuring our federated structure is as effective and efficient as possible, driving the sharing of resources, skills and knowledge, as well as raising funds from national sources that can be distributed back to the individual Trusts for conservation work.

You can find further information on our work in our Annual Review and full, detailed and transparent accounts of how RSWT money is being spent in our Annual Reports and Accounts, which are  available here .

Find out more about supporting our work here .

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