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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been working to protect the wildlife and wild places where you live for over 50 years. We are the county's leading nature conservation charity. Find out more below about what we do and join us in looking after Staffordshire's wildlife and wild places!
We protect wildlife
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust carries out conservation projects all over the county to protect our special landscapes and wildlife. Our vision is to create a Living Landscape in Staffordshire. The Living Landscape concept involves focussing our efforts on improving the wider landscape to make it a better place for wildlife. As well as continuing to protect and expand core areas of high quality habitat, such as nature reserves, the Trust is investing energy into the land in between these core areas – the farmland, gardens, parks, allotments, community areas, school grounds and even golf courses -to make them into places that can support wildlife.
How Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is working to create a Living Landscape in Staffordshire
We work in many different areas to achieve our vision.
- Our Living Landscapes team carries out conservation work to protect threatened species and habitats, keep up-to-date records of wild species populations and safeguard wild places from development.
- We manage 27 nature reserves across the county for the benefit of wildlife and people, totaling almost 3,500 acres. Our reserves include lush wetlands, wild open moorlands and peaceful woodlands. We are working to create links and corridors in the wider landscape between these areas of high quality habitat, so wild populations do not become isolated and can expand and thrive.
- Our education and community staff work with people of all ages and backgrounds to encourage them to explore, learn about and engage with the natural world. We visit schools, run hundreds of family events, help communities 'green up' their local areas and stage walks, talks and volunteering events so people can get involved in local wildlife.
We need wildlife and wildlife needs people
We bring people and wildlife together in harmony. We educate people on wildlife and create opportunities where people can get close to nature and feel inspired by their local wild places. Offering volunteering, educational and events programmes are a big part of our work. What we do would not be possible without our fabulous members who support us along our journey of work. People are crucial to making Living Landscape schemes work, and to be successful, individuals, communities and businesses all need to get involved to help shape and care for their local environment.
We raise awareness of key wildlife issues from Environmental Acts to the Badger Cull. People engagement is also a big part of our campaign work, one of our most popular projects is 30 Days Wild which we run every June. In 2018, over 1,500 people signed up and took part. Read how you can help support us with our campaigns and get involved.
Inappropriate development can have a significant impact on wildlife; while considerate planning can help protect, enhance and even create new habitats.
With ever increasing development pressures across Staffordshire, we are working to ensure that wildlife and valuable habitats are fully considered within the planning system. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust gives wildlife a voice
The bigger picture
Part of The Wildlife Trusts
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is part of The Wildlife Trusts, the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK's habitats and species whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea.
There are 46 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. Together, as a network, we have protected more than 95,000 hectares of land for wildlife - woods, meadows, lakes, hills, beaches and urban nature reserves and have 130 visitor and education centres across the U.K.
To find out more, visit the Wildlife Trusts website.
Find out about the difference we are making
The Wildlife Trusts Impact Report 2017-18
What impact is The Wildlife Trusts movement having? This annual report gives an overview of our impact in the year 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018, including key statistics, stories and highlights - from the area of land we manage and influence for wildlife, to measuring the impact of volunteering on peoples' mental health.
Like what you hear? Get more involved...
There are many ways to get involved with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, from becoming a member to volunteering.