50 years wild
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, your local wildlife charity, has been looking after Staffordshire's wildlife and wild places for nearly 50 years. Join us in 2019 as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We are running lots of exciting wildlife events for all ages to get involved such as a colour run, speakers night, screening of a 50th documentary, opening of our new-look Wolseley Centre and the launch of a new charity shop plus much more! We are also going to be having a big birthday bash towards the end of the year in August which we would love you to attend!
Watch this space for further information on our upcoming events
On the 5th August 1969 the Staffordshire Nature Conservation Trust was set-up as a new Company (No 959609) and a Registered Charity (No 259559), later to become Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. This small band of people that launched the Trust, were directed by naturalist, author and broadcaster Phil Drabble (of 'One Man And His Dog' fame), who lived in Abbots Bromley and was often referred to as 'a militant' naturalist. Before this, the group had been a part of the West Midlands Trust for Nature Conservation founded in 1956, which included the counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
In 1970, the Trust bought its first nature reserve, Loynton Moss and now owns 27, ranging from ancient woodland to wildflower meadows with more set to be taken on in our anniversary year! A management committee was set up alongside the ownership of the reserve, with one of the trustees, bird expert Frank Gribble acting as leader of the group. Mr Gribble was awarded the MBE in 1996 for services to nature conservation. Today, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is a powerful voice for people and wildlife. It is one of the largest landholders in the county, and has a membership of well over 15,000 people of all ages, as well as a strong Conservation Team force and a diverse People Engagement Programme.
The Trust spent the first 2 decades of its life consolidating its position and now works with and gives information and advice to government organisations, local authorities, planners, developers, and communities of all kinds even recently appearing in parliament!
The Trust's 1st Registered Office was on the southern edge of Stoke-on-Trent, at the home of Treasurer Richard Warren, the Country Reorder for butterflies and moths. Following numerous office relocations, the Trust HQ now lies at The Wolseley Centre which has been the Trust home since 2001 and also a busy Visitor Centre. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust also have another Visitor Centre at Westport Lake and in their pioneering spirit, were the first Trust to launch a charity shop.
A year of celebrations
To celebrate being 50, we are running a wild event programme throughout our anniversary year. You can see our 50th events programme below, details of which will be updated over the upcoming months
New for 2019! Run for wildlife and go '50 Shades of Green' for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's Colour Run event on Sunday 23rd June @ Chasewater Country Park. The fun starts @ 10AM.
Sign-up and get a FREE t-shirt (S, M, L or XL only) and sunglasses. This is an 18 + event only. Register your place by March 2019 and get an early bird entry offer
Run, walk or jog 5k for wildlife and stick around at the end for our Colour Run Party where everyone gets their own sachet of paint to throw at this!
This is a fun event to raise money for your local wildlife and wild places in a stunning location!
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Youth Debate event with an environmental takeover at Civic Buildings in Stafford. Schools across the county will be invited to come along on the 11th April and discuss numerous environmental topics such as plastics, re-wilding, green spaces plus more! The event will be live streamed on Staffordshire County Council website in the morning and then the Trust will be running workshops with schools in the afternoon. If you are interested in this event please contact email@example.com. Further details will be released soon!
Wild Child Festival
Come and celebrate our 50th anniversary at our big Wild Child festival birthday bash at the end of the year!
The date for your dairy is the 7th August and the event will be held at our Wolseley Centre HQ. This will be a bookable event only so keep a look out for the launch of ticket sales early in 2019!
There is going to be lots of family wildlife activities on the day, fun games, entertainment from the Fabulariam theatre group, festival food and drink plus lots more!
More details on this early 2019!
'Wildlife Road Trip' Speakers Night
On the evening of Friday 20th September, we are holding a Speakers Night and will be inviting the public to come and listen to a talk by Iolo WIlliams and Martin Hughes-Games known for their conservation and wildlife work - you may recognise them from shows such as BBC Springwatch! The wildlife TV presenters have teamed up for an amusing and informative show packed with facts and fun for the whole family. Extremely wild about wildlife these two brilliant and entertaining enthusiasts will take the audience on a funny and fascinating journey. The Audience will be able to learn about wildlife, the presenters work history and will get a sneak peak insight to what wildlife TV presenting is like and some of the interesting things it entails. The 'Wildlife Road Trip themed event will be held at Lichfield Garrick. Tickets and further details will be available early 2019 - so keep your eyes peeled this is an event not to be missed!
Calling all artists and art lovers! Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are set to hold an Art Exhibition @ Museum of Cannock Chase and will be asking members of the public to submit wildlife inspired artworks for the exhibit as well as inviting you all to come and see the work! Details will be launched early 2019, on how to send in an application to have work on display. The exhibition will be running from 28th November - 17th December and the Trust wish to have a range of artworks on display from paintings and photography to sculptures and much more.
30 Days Wild is our UK month long nature campaign where we get people to do one random 'act of wildness' for each day in June, this could be as simple as going for a walk or doing some bird watching! Mid June, we have our Big Wild Weekend, where we encourage everyone to do something wild and get outdoors. On the Big Wild Weekend, 15th-16th June, we'll be launching our species campaign where we'll be getting people to spot certain wildlife in their garden and asking them to send their results in to us. As part of the campaign, they'll be a FREE spotting booklet with facts about wildlife gardening.