About Us

About Us

(c) Vine House Farms

42 nature reserves
20,000 children engaged in nature each year
1,300 hectares of land managed for wildlife
1,200 regular volunteers
We are part of the Wildlife Trusts movement, the UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to all wildlife. We are your local charity, working hard to improve your local area for wildlife and for you.

Who we are

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside was founded in 1962 by people like you who knew they needed to take action.

Since then we have grown to be the largest nature conservation body in the area. We are uniquely positioned to lead change our region, working at a grass roots, local level whilst also being part of a strong cohesive movement.

We have saved many special places, acquiring and managing many of them as nature reserves—we look after over 1,288 hectares of havens for rare and threatened species and habitats

We have the powerful voices of over 28,000 members, whose invaluable support we simply could not do without. We engage over 4,000 volunteers in our mission, 1200 are active on a very regular basis alongside our team of 140 staff. Whether this is ‘digging in’ on the land or helping with education, fundraising, governing the charity . We even have volunteers working on planning matters, campaigning  and working in finance.

We are delivering environmental education to  around 20,000 children per year. We have built three eco buildings for our operations to demonstrate how we can live lightly on the earth. Brockholes floating visitor centre being the latest of these.


These are the nationally agreed priorities with the Partnership of Wildlife Trusts.

  • To protect, create and enhance wildlife in our region, creating living landscapes and living seas
  • To stand up for wildlife and the environment
  • To inspire people about the natural world and encourage everyone to take action for wildlife
  • To foster sustainable One Planet Living, where the functioning of the natural environment is appreciated as essential for supporting life
  • To ensure our work is based on knowledge and sound evidence
  • To be recognised and respected for our work
  • To grow our resources and increase support for our mission
  • To ensure the organisation is effective and fit for purpose

Creating wildlife havens

We manage a network of 50 nature reserves, local nature reserves and key wildlife sites. We speak up for conservation on planning issues and provide key advice to landowners and agencies. We bring the community closer to wildlife, to teach people new skills and give them a sense of pride for their local area. 

A living landscape 

The Wildlife Trusts movement are working together, with landowners and other organisations to create a connected network of green places for wildlife - A Living Landscape. Just as we have motorways and railways to move around the country, a Living Landscape will create a way for wildlife to move around the country and thrive in a network of wildlife havens. This will allow people and wildlife to live together, wildlife to thrive and communities to have more access to green spaces and their natural environment.

Living seas

Did you know that more wildlife thrives in the seas than on land? Under our seas is a whole world of fascinating wildlife and habitats. The Trust is working on a large scale to protect and regenerate fragile marine ecosystems and stop taking our seas for granted. 

Committed to safeguarding welfare

We have robust safeguards in place to ensure the welfare of the children, young people and adults we work with is never compromised.

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Our reserves

Salthill Quarry by Alan Wright