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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a local charity working to protect and conserve Yorkshire's wild places and wildlife for all to enjoy. We care for 104 nature reserves in Yorkshire (3,015 hectares) including iconic sites such as Spurn National Nature Reserve, Staveley Nature Reserve, Potteric Carr and Flamborough Cliffs.

Annual General Meeting 2017

The Trust's last AGM took place at Potteric Carr on Saturday 14th October. Our events pages will carry details of the next AGM as soon as a date and venue has been set.


Our History

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust was established in 1946 and is part of The Wildlife Trusts movement.

President and Patrons

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is supported by a President and three patrons.

The Board of Trustees

The ultimate governing body of the Trust is an elected Board of Trustees.

Meet the team

Staff, trainees and volunteers are broadly separated into four teams.


The Wildlife Trusts

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is part of The Wildlife Trust movement. There are 47 Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. With 825,000 members The Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the whole range of the UK's habitats and species.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, along with each of the other 46 Wildlife Trusts, is an independent, autonomous charity with its own Trustees. We are a member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) which operates as an umbrella organisation for all 47 Wildlife Trusts and helps coordinate campaigns at a national level. RSWT is a separate charity in its own right - we are not governed by RSWT.

Our mission:

Living Landscapes: a vision for Yorkshire's wildlife

Our nature reserves provide a much needed sanctuary for Yorkshire's wildlife. But we go further than that, working Yorkshire-wide to make sure our wild spaces are connected, giving wildlife freedom to move and flourish in an ever-changing world. We call the concept Living Landscapes.

At the heart of Living Landscapes is you. We want people to rediscover and reconnect with nature around them, whether you like an afternoon river walk or a picnic in the forest, bird watching, butterfly spotting or finding that elusive orchid.

Living Seas: life beneath the waves

Yorkshire's seas are home to internationally important wildlife. Flamborough Cliffs teem with breeding seabirds such as puffins, razorbills and kittiwakes, whilst at Spurn the glorious mud of the intertidal zone provides habitats for a myriad of creatures including tens of thousands of wading birds.

Beneath the waves hidden treasures can be found, with colourful sponges, kelp beds and sea squrits rivalling any tropical reef. White-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and minke whales move offshore and are a treat for the wildlife watcher.

Inspiring People

From Yorkshire's youngest inhabitant upwards, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust works to inspire a whole range of different people, whether taking school children pond dipping at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, or talking to a local Women's Institute about the best places to enjoy Yorkshire's wildlife.

How we are funded

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a charity (and therefore not-for-profit) which means every penny raised is spent on delivering our charitable work - nature conservation in Yorkshire. As a charity we are unable to make a profit like a commercial business. Any 'surplus' funds arising are used to do more work to help Yorkshire's wildlife. The Trust receives both unrestricted income (for delivery of our charitable objectives) and restricted income (limited to specific projects as part of our charitable objectives) from a number of sources. Find out more about where this income is from and how we spend it here.

For information about our fundraising activity, please visit our Support Us page. We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

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