Conservation

"Only when the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find that money can not be eaten."
- Cree Indian Prophecy

"We shall not save all we should like to but we shall save a great deal more than if we had never tried." - Sir Peter Scott

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold

Here is a list of links to the websites of a number of organisations and groups dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment.

Badger Trust

The Badger Trust promotes the conservation and welfare of Badgers and the protection of their setts and habitats. They represent and support around 80 local voluntary Badger Groups. The Badger Trust provides expert advice on all Badger issues and works closely with MPs, the Police and other conservation and welfare organisations.

Bat Conservation Trust

There are 17 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected by law because their numbers have decreased so dramatically. The Bat Conservation Trust aims to secure and enhance bat populations for future generations to enjoy.

British Deer Society

The British Deer Society was founded in 1963 to conserve the species of deer that are found wild within the UK. They promote awareness through a continuing programme of education, research, exhibitions and shows and deer management training.

British Dragonfly Society

The British Dragonfly Society was formed in 1983 to promote and encourage the study and conservation of dragonflies and their natural habitats especially in the UK.

British Hedgehog Preservation Society

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is a registered UK Charity dedicated to helping and protecting Hedgehogs native to the UK. The aims of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society are to encourage and give advice to the public concerning the care of Hedgehogs particularly when injured, sick, treated cruelly, orphaned or in any other danger; to encourage children to respect our natural wildlife by supplying information and giving lectures and thus fostering an interest in Hedgehogs; to fund research into behavioural habits of Hedgehogs and to ascertain the best methods of assisting their survival.

British Trust for Ornithology

The BTO has existed since 1933 as an independent, scientific research trust, investigating the populations, movements and ecology of wild birds in the UK. Their speciality is the design and implementation of volunteer wild bird surveys. They record wild birds systematically using survey methods developed by scientists who then compile the records and analyse them for publication. This work makes a direct and vital contribution to bird conservation by enabling both campaigners and decision-makers to set priorities and target resources. It also provides a unique insight into the state of our environment and how it may be changing.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was founded in response to growing concerns about the plight of the "bumblebee", the extinction of 3 species and the dramatic declines experienced by 9 others. The Trust aims to prevent further declines and to raise awareness of the problems bumblebees face.

Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation was formed in 1968 and has grown steadily to become the largest insect conservation organisation in Europe. Butterfly Conservation's purpose is to secure a lasting future for all native butterflies, moths and their habitats within the UK. The ultimate goal is to help restore a balanced countryside with butterflies and other wildlife restored to the profusion that they, and we, once enjoyed.

Essex Biodiversity Project

The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 came into force on 1 October 2006. Under Section 40 of the Act, all public bodies now have a legal duty to consider biodiversity in their work. The Essex Biodiversity Project is an informal partnership of more than 40 organisations and individuals committed to preserving and enhancing biodiversity in Essex. It was set up in 1999 for the purpose of implementing the Essex BAP, one of the 162 local BAPs in the UK. The overall aim of the Essex Biodiversity Project is: "To protect, conserve and enhance the variety of wildlife species and habitats in Essex through the successful implementation of the Essex Biodiversity Action Plan".

Essex Wildlife Trust

The local Wildlife Trust for my home County. The Essex Wildlife Trust was established in 1959 and is a charity that exists to secure a better future for the wildlife and people of Essex. The Essex Wildlife Trust look after 8,000 acres of land on more than 80 nature reserves.

Froglife

Froglife is a national wildlife charity concerned with the protection of the UK’s amphibians and reptiles, many of which are increasingly under threat. Froglife works to support and promote conservation and provides information, education and training to a wide range of people from those working in the field to people wanting to know more about the wildlife in their area. Froglife was established in 1989 in response to the alarming declines in amphibian and reptiles in the UK. Since this time Froglife has co-ordinated a number of groundbreaking projects and campaigns to bring amphibian and reptile conservation to the forefront of current environmental issues.

Hare Preservation Trust

The Hare Preservation Trust aims to act as a focal point for the gathering of all types of information about hares, to raise the hare’s profile through the media and promote improved education about hares, to encourage all landowners to view hares as welcome residents of their land and to actively participate in ways of improving the preservation and welfare of hares, to co-operate with other wildlife organisations in promoting wildlife friendly farming methods and establishing areas dedicated specifically to wildlife, particularly hares, to encourage further research into the reasons for the decline of the brown hare in Britain and to propose ways in which the trend might be reversed, to lobby Government for increased legal protection for hares and to ensure that existing legislation is enforced, to promote non-destructive human enjoyment of hares in their natural habitats, for example by hare watching, photography, video production, painting or drawing.

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is dedicated to the conservation of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research and working with Hebridean communities.

Herpetological Conservation Trust

The Herpetological Conservation Trust was founded in 1989 with the primary aim of safeguarding Britain’s threatened herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles). The Trust works towards this aim by protecting and improving through management the sites inhabited by threatened herpetofauna; increasing the knowledge of way of life and habitat requirements of these species through research, education and by providing expert advice; raising public awareness to stimulate interest and understanding about our amphibians and reptiles.

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Irish waters. The Group was founded in 1990 to establish an Irish stranding and sighting scheme and to campaign for the declaration of Irish territorial waters as a whale and dolphin sanctuary. Just one year later in June 1991 the Irish Government declared all Irish waters to be a whale and dolphin sanctuary... the first of its kind in Europe.

John Muir Trust

The John Muir Trust was formed in 1983 to protect and conserve wild places and to increase awareness and understanding of the value of such places. The Trust works closely with local communities. It believes that sustainable conservation can only be achieved by recognising special qualities of wild places and understanding the human factors and other aspects which contribute to the landscape we think of and value as wild.

Lynx UK Trust

The Lynx UK Trust is dedicated to reintroducing the European Lynx back into the ecosystem of the UK and achieving a sustainable population over the next decade. It is made up of a group of expert feline conservationists with specialisations in areas such as wildlife reintroductions, field research, ecology, biology and genetics. The Lynx UK Trust is currently engaged in a range of research to identify potential release sites and carrying out stakeholder and public consultations on the reintroduction of the European Lynx to the UK.

Mammal Society

The Mammal Society works to protect British mammals, halt the decline of threatened species, and advise on all issues affecting British mammals. They study mammals, identify the problems they face and promote conservation and other policies based on sound science.

Orca

Orca works to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK, European and adjoining waters. Together with governments, research institutions and other conservation charities Orca helps to create safer places for whales, dolphins and porpoises by identifying important habitats and by conducting monthly scientific surveys on board ferries and cruise ships, recording species, where they are and what they are doing.

People's Trust for Endangered Species

The People's Trust for Endangered Species is a charity which raises funds for scientific research aimed at understanding and solving many of the problems that UK mammals face today.

Rewilding Britain

Rewilding Britain is a charity set up by people with a passion for nature. It believes that rewilding provides hope for the future for people and nature by starting to reverse centuries of ecological damage. Rewilding Britain aims to reverse the loss of biodiversity in large core areas of land and sea, reintroduce key missing species, including the Lynx and Wolf, restore ecosystems to a functional and resilient state, reignite people’s passion for the natural world, revitalise local economies in ways that work ecologically and reintegrate nature and society for the benefit of both.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife. RSPB nature reserves provide excellent opportunities to watch birds and other wildlife in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. There are over 150 RSPB nature reserves to visit throughout the UK covering more than 240,000 acres.

Scottish Beaver Trial

The Scottish Beaver Trial is a partnership project between the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Forestry Commission Scotland. The project involves a 5-year trial to assess the possibility of re-introducing the European Beaver to Scotland.
The first European Beaver families were released in May 2009 in the Knapdale Forest in Argyll.

Scottish National Heritage

The basic philosophy of Scottish National Heritage is simple: we must care for and sustain our natural heritage if we want it to sustain us. Their objective is to secure the conservation and enhancement of Scotland's unique and precious natural heritage - the wildlife, the habitats and the landscapes which have evolved in Scotland through the long partnership between people and nature.

Scottish Wildcat Association

The Scottish Wildcat Association is a charitable organisation with the aim of conserving the unique Scottish Wildcat through an ongoing series of awareness campaigns about this charismatic feline, support of the official captive breeding-for-release program, in-the-field conservation work and through liaison and support of other organisations carrying out research and work condusive to the future of the Wildcat in Scotland.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Scotland’s greatest asset is its natural environment. Since 1964 the Scottish Wildlife Trust has continuously contributed to the enhancement and preservation of habitats and wildlife throughout the country.

Stop Climate Chaos

Climate change is the biggest environmental threat facing the planet. Stop Climate Chaos is an exciting opportunity to combat this threat. Stop Climate Chaos is a powerful new coalition of environment, development, faith-based and other organisations campaigning to limit climate change. It was created in early 2005 with the backing of the RSPB, WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, People and Planet and the Network for Social Change. In the coming 5 years, the coalition aims to create political pressure on the UK Government to take the steps needed to turn around the UK's greenhouse gas emissions - the emissions that cause climate change.

Trees for Life

Trees for Life is a conservation charity dedictaed to the regeneration and restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. The great forest of Caledon once covered over 1.5 million hectares of the Scottish Highlands and was home to a rich assemblage of plants and animals. Today just 1% of the forest remains and species such as the Beaver, Wild Boar and Lynx have gone. The surviving remnants of the forest are ageing and fragmented and because of overgrazing the trees are struggling to regenerate naturally. The vision of Trees for Life is to restore a wild forest which is there for its own sake as a home for wildlife and to fulfil the ecological functions necessary for the well-being of the land itself.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is the largest international wetland conservation charity in the UK. Founded in 1946 by the artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott, WWT has 9 visitor centres around the UK where people can get closer to wetland birds and enjoy spectacular wetland landscapes.

Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts is the largest grouping of charitable organisations in the United Kingdom concerned with the conservation of the whole of the UK's natural world. Each of the 47 Wildlife Trusts is an independent, autonomous charity with its own trustees, whose primary concern is the conservation of nature within its own geographical area.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund conserves endangered species, protects threatened habitats and addresses global threats and aims to find long-term solutions that benefit both people and nature.