About us


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About us

Why we're here

Our purpose is to bring wildlife back, to empower people to take meaningful action for nature, and to create a society where nature matters.

Who we are

Founded in 1956, 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, and enable nature's recovery locally. 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.

We are part of a grassroots movement made up of 46 individual Wildlife Trusts who all believe that we need nature and nature needs us. Each Wildlife Trust is a place-based independent charity with its own legal identity, formed by groups of people getting together and working with others to make a positive difference to wildlife and future generations, starting where they live and work.

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is of a thriving natural world, with our wildlife and habitats playing a valued role in addressing the climate and ecological emergencies, and people inspired and empowered to take action for nature.

By 2030:

We want to see Leicestershire and Rutland thriving with nature, green spaces, and abundant in wildlife. We want our landscape to be full of wildflowers and alive with birdsong. We want rare, threatened and endangered species to have populations that are stable, resilient and recovering, and to reintroduce species that were once lost in our county.

Most importantly, we want to keep local communities connected with nature, working together with our supporters and wider networks to tackle climate and ecological emergencies and creating a wilder future for everyone in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Read our 2030 strategy

What we do

For over 65 years we have been saving wildlife and wild places, increasing people’s awareness and understanding of the natural world, and deepening people’s relationship with it.

We achieve this in the following ways:

Caring for wild 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're creating a number of Living Landscapes across Leicestershire and Rutland, working with stakeholders, landowners, partners and businesses, bringing nature back across the wider landscape and linking up our nature reserves.

Responding to the climate and ecological emergency

We recognise that the twin threats of climate breakdown and ecological collapse are the most important issues of our time. As well as protecting the fragments of wildlife-rich habitat that we have left, we aim to restore ecosystems at scale and to put nature into recovery. We have ambitions to increase abundance and diversity by restoring and creating habitats at scale. 

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.

Encouraging people to enjoy nature

We offer everyone the chance to experience some of Leicestershire and Rutland’s fantastic wildlife and wild places, through our engagement work, activities and events, volunteering, our visitor centres, and working within our local communities. 

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in their daily lives and we aim to increase our engagement with diverse communities, to better understand and overcome barriers to accessing and engaging with nature.

Inspiring and educating people

We are passionate about inspiring everyone, of all ages and from all backgrounds, to love and care for wildlife and wild places. We offer a broad and varied education programme, with lots of activities, groups and events for families and children. We want to encourage a love of wildlife and inspire you to take action for it. We work across Leicestershire and Rutland with all communities and cultures, because we believe that nature should be accessible to all. 

Empowering people to take action for wildlife

We want to see more people in Leicestershire and Rutland taking action for nature and the climate, resulting in better decision-making for the environment at both the local level and national level. 

We demonstrate what is possible, and inspire, empower, and enable people from all backgrounds, cultures, identities and abilities to bring about our vision with us, embracing the diversity of our society to change the natural world for the better.


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.

We speak authentically with a bold and confident voice, we commit to tell the truth about the state of nature and be clear about what needs to be done to put it in recovery.

What we believe

  • People are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do has an impact on it
  • The natural world is valuable in its own right, and is the foundation of our wellbeing and prosperity; we depend on it and it depends on us
  • Everyone deserves to live in a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world
  • Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in their daily lives.
Charnwood Lodge

Wendy Lee 


We rely 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