About us

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is a locally based registered charity (number 210531) concerned with all aspects of nature conservation.

Our Vision

A Living Landscape rich in wildlife, valued and enjoyed by all.

Charnwood Lodge National Nature Reserve

Our Mission

To protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland and to engage people with their local environment.

We aim to be recognised as an effective, authoritative, influential, inspirational and active local wildlife champion.

Key work areas

Our work encompasses 3 broad areas that together will create a Living Landscape:

  • Local places – protecting and enhancing wildlife and wild places 
  • Local people – inspiring people about the natural world and encouraging everyone to take action for wildlife
  • Local action – standing up for wildlife and the natural environment

To achieve success in these areas the Trust will need to be well managed and effective, widely recognised and respected whilst being adequately resourced and supported.

Support us by becoming a member today.

Click here to download a copy of our latest Annual Report and learn about our recent work and achievements.

Click here to download a copy of our Five Year Development Strategy 2010 - 2015 and find out about the Trust’s overall direction and what we want to achieve in the next five years.

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How the Trust is organised

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is a membership organisation, governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. More than 15,500 members currently support the Trust’s work.

The Trust is managed by a Council of Trustees (elected from its members) who oversee the governance and strategic direction of the Trust.

On a day to day basis the work of the Trust is delivered by a professional team of some 25 staff supported by more than 500 active volunteers.

For details of employment opportunities with the Trust see our Job Vacancies page

In addition the Trust has a network of local groups in the two counties that support our work by organising conservation work on reserves, guided walks, lectures and talks, events and social events throughout the year and raising much needed funds.


Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust was founded in 1956 by a small group of naturalists and was formerly known as the Leicestershire and Rutland Trust for Nature Conservation.

The Trust has grown considerably in recent years and developed important work for local wildlife and wild places and for local people who care about the future of their natural environment.

Our work in context

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is an independent charity. We belong to a powerful conservation network of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK taking effective action to protect our unique natural heritage. The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) acts as a national voice, generates support and provides leadership for the movement.

Together the Wildlife Trusts manage more than 2,300 nature reserves, campaign tirelessly on behalf of wildlife and run thousands of projects and events throughout the UK. The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is your local partner in this powerful conservation network.

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