History

Trust Milestones: The First 20 Years

1962 The Lancashire Naturalists' Trust was established on 1st August
1963 Acquired South Walney Island nature reserve. (The site was transferred to the new Cumbria Wildlife Trust in 1974 as a result of local government boundary changes.)
1965 90 members
1967 Annual turnover £217
1970 North West Biological Field Data Bank started
The Trust has 366 members
1973 Administrative Officer appointed
1974 'Lapwing' magazine launched
1978 First local group started - in Southport
1979 Ted Jackson becomes Chairman
Over 1600 members
1980 First part of Mere Sands Wood handed to Trust
David Bellamy pays his first visit to the Trust
New name - Lancashire Trust for Nature Conservation
1982 Rest of Mere Sands Wood acquired
Astley Moss Reserve 21 year lease
12 Trust Nature Reserves


Trust Milestones: The Last 30 Years

1984 Cuerden Head Office established
Warton Crag reserve brought into management
Seaforth reserve licence agreed
1985 Red Scar reserve purchased
Visit of Sir David Attenborough on 6th November
1986 Conservation Officer and Urban Wildlife Officer
Astley Moss reserve purchased
2000 members
1988 Bolton Wildlife Project started
1991 Visit by HRH The Prince of Wales, June 7th
1992 Trust appointed manager of Cuerden Valley Park
New Name - Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Biological Heritage Site Project started in Lancashire
1993 New visitor centre at Mere Sands Wood
1994 Penwortham Education Centre started
1995 Red Moss, Horwich saved from development
1996 Seaforth Visitor Centre opened
More than 260 owners and managers of BHS contracted
1999 Trust designated National Qualification Training Centre
2000 English Nature Awards for MSW and Salthill Quarry
2001 Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPS) for Lancashire and north Merseyside published
34 Nature Reserves
Over 1000 Watch Club Members
Turnover 2001-2002 £1.5 million
2002 New HQ started with Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.7m
8000 Trust members
2003 New HQ opened in October by David Bellamy
2005 Construction of Bolton Environment Resource Centre began
2006 Trusts HQ (The Barn) was granted award-winning Eco-Centre status by ENCAMS
Purchase of Brockholes
2007 Bolton Environment Resource Centre Opens
Kate Humble and Bill Oddie visit Mere Sands Wood to film Autumn Watch
2008 Adam Khan Architects are announced as the winners of the Brockholes RIBA design competition
2009 Work begins at Brockholes
2011 Brockholes opens on Easter Sunday