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About us

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is the leading local charity working to protect and enhance Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. We are passionate about all aspects of nature conservation and work only in Cornwall. We want to see Cornwall richer in wildlife, cared for and appreciated by one and all. The Trust is guided by our mission to rebuild biodiversity and engage everyone with the natural environment.

Photo by Pat Sargeant

Our head office is just outside Truro at Allet in our Five Acres Nature Reserve, but we work across the whole of Cornwall. No other organisation does what we do, which is to work solely to protect Cornwall's wildlife and wild places, particularly habitats and species that are rare or endangered, such as lowland heathland habitat and the marsh fritillary butterfly.

Our work is very varied, from conserving habitats on land through our 57 nature reserves and conservation projects, and at sea through our marine projects and activities, to inspiring people to love and care for their local wildlife through our education programme, our events and by giving expert advice about wildlife in Cornwall. Our Local and Specialist Groups, mostly made up of keen volunteers, work on a variety of local conservation projects and run many of our events. Anyone can join these groups, they are always happy to see new faces!

An important resource to ourselves and the county as a whole is the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS), which we host at our head office at Allet. ERCCIS provides an invaluable resource, acting as a central database that collects, verifies, manages and disseminates information about both the biological and geological state of the county.

Our detailed knowledge of Cornwall's habitats, based on years of survey work, places us in a unique position to defend the wildlife outside nature reserves; we work closely with other conservation organisations, local authorities and land owners to encourage best practice in land management for the county’s environment. This includes surveying and advising on County Wildlife Sites, responding to planning developments and working on Cornwall's Biodiversity and Geodiversity Actions Plans.

Since 1992 we have also had our own consultancy arm, Cornwall Environmental Consultants Ltd (CEC), which undertakes paid advisory ecological and landscape projects - and covenants all its profits to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

As part of its ethical approach, Cornwall Wildlife Trust aims to carry out its work in a sustainable manner and to maximise its contribution to a healthy living environment. We have undertaken an audit of our carbon footprint and continually strive to improve our performance. Cornwall Wildlife Trust is proud to have been an Investor in People company since 2005.

clearing willow; photo Claire RodgerAs a charity we receive no direct government aid and depend on the donations of people who care about wildlife and our Cornish countryside. Our membership support, of over 15,000 people which includes 3,000 junior members, is one of the largest sources of funding we have. There are many ways you can support the Trust, from joining as a member, to leaving a legacy to making a donation - everything helps us to protect Cornwall's wildlife and wild places.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is also a member of The Wildlife Trusts, a national alliance who work to achieve the greatest benefit to wildlife on a local, regional and UK-wide scale.