What we do

About us

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What we do

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife conservation charity working to protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland. For over 60 years we have been saving wildlife and engaging people with nature. We believe Leicestershire and Rutland should be rich in wildlife for the benefit of everyone - with more wildlife, more wild places and more people having a strong connection to nature.

Our Vision

A landscape rich in wildlife, valued and enjoyed by all.

Our Mission

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

Our Work

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust works to safeguard local wildlife by:

Protecting precious places

We care for 35 nature reserves covering 1,234 hectares (3,048 acres), spread across Leicestershire and Rutland. From woodland to meadows, wetland to heaths, these reserves contain a rich variety of animal and plant species, many rare. Not only do we manage our own land, we also advise other landowners how to manage their land to benefit wildlife.

We aim to develop 'Living Landscapes' for Leicestershire and Rutland, restoring, recreating and reconnecting fragmented habitats to create a sustainable biodiversity network and an environment full of wildlife and rich in opportunities for learning, health and well-being.

Encouraging people to enjoy nature

We offer everyone the chance to experience some of Leicestershire and Rutland’s fantastic wildlife. Activities and events are organised throughout the year, everything from badger watches to the Birdfair.

Inspiring and educating people

We invest in the future by helping people of all ages to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of nature. Children can take part too – our junior club Wildlife Watch is for young people who want to find out more about wildlife, make friends and have fun.

Researching and surveying wildlife

We monitor, study and survey the wildlife of our counties to identify special places and important species, to inform management and promote nature conservation, and to protect local biodiversity.

Speaking out for wildlife

We campaign for wildlife, protecting threatened habitats like wildflower meadows and rare species such as ospreys, otters, bats and water voles.

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Our History

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 Strategy

We are currently developing an exciting new organisational strategy, which will guide our work for the next five years. 

You can read our Five Year Development Strategy for 2015 - 2020 to find out about our overall direction. 



The Trust relies on the support of our members and supporters; the dedicated work of local groups; and more than 700 volunteers. We are also hugely grateful to all of those businesses and organisations, our partners, who work with us to help nature recover across Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about any aspect of our work, or you'd like to support us, our friendly and enthusiastic staff will be happy to help. 

Contact us