About the Trust


Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria. The Trust stands up for wildlife, creates wildlife havens, and seeks to raise environmental awareness.

Formed in 1962 and supported by over 15,000 members and supporters, the Trust cares for over 40 nature reserves, campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats and species such as limestone pavements and red squirrels, and works with adults and children to discover the importance of the natural world.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is part of a partnership of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK. With 800,000 members and 2,200 nature reserves, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species. 

Our aims

Standing up for wildlife

To support and encourage action to create an environment in Cumbria richer in wildlife, prevent further losses of species, wildlife habitats and geological features and encourage their sustainable management.

Creating and enhancing wildlife havens

To acquire and manage a network of high quality nature reserves which are accessible and which contribute to the conservation of Cumbria's most important habitats.

Inspiring people about the natural world

To create activities and experiences aimed at helping people of all ages to understand and appreciate the natural worlds and encourage people to take action to conserve and improve it.

Recognition and respect for our role and work

To ensure recognition as the organisation which conserves wildlife in Cumbria.
To ensure an increase in the awareness of conservation issues.


To create a large active, involved and well-informed membership of the Trust.
Growing our resources for action and advocacy.
To raise sufficient funds to implement the Trust's aims, objectives and targets.

Organisation and structure

To be efficient and well organised.


To be cost effective and financially stable while using the Trust's funds for the proper purposes and in accordance with the Charity Commissioner's rules.

How we are run

The Trust is a registered charity (no 218711) and a company limited by guarantee (registered in England no 0724133) governed by its Memorandum & Articles of Association. The Trust was established in 1962.

The Trust has a Board of Trustees that consists of 12 members elected by the Trust's membership. The Board meets around ten times a year. The Board is responsible for the overall governance and direction of the Trust.

Two main committees report to the Board. These are Conservation Group and Development Group.

The Conservation Group oversees and develops the Trust's work on our reserves, our wider work on promoting conservation of wildlife habitats in Cumbria and our work to enthuse and inspire people throughout Cumbria about wildlife.

The Development Group oversees and develops the Trust's fundraising, membership and marketing activities.

Responsibility for all operational management of the Trust is delegated by the Board to the Director and his staff.

Complaints Procedure

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is committed to giving a high quality service. Despite this commitment sometimes things will go wrong. When this happens we want to know about it, and to put things right where we can. If you have a complaint please get in touch - Our Complaints Procedure is below.

Annual General Meeting

The Trusts's Annual General meeting which is held at a different venue each year, is open to all members and is an opportunity for you to formally ask questions of the Board. We try to make the event interesting by combining the short business meeting with light refreshments and presentations from the Trustees and staff on current topics.


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