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Make a big difference for Cumbria's wildlife & wild places

Red squirrel © Andy Naylor

38 nature reserves that you can visit
13,000 people are already members

You can help wildlife by joining us

We're the only voluntary organisation dedicated solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria.

infographic - £8 a month looks after an acre of nature on our nature reserves

Our important and constant work in managing nature reserves wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our members, both through volunteering and financial contributions.

Join from just £3.25 a month. Make a difference for Cumbria's wildlife.  


Cumbria Wildlife Trust is a local organisation which means it is accessible and responsive to local issues.
A member of Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Infographic - percentage of people in cumbria live within 10 miles of a wildlife trust nature reserve

You'll be supporting our work: 

  • Creating and looking after nature reserves
  • Inspiring the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts
  • Tackling some of the biggest threats to Cumbria's wildlife
Membership magazine & nature reserve guide cover thumbnails

You'll receive these membership benefits:

A welcome pack of information about your local wildlife and how you can get involved (sent out within approximately two weeks to either yourself or the recipient.):

  • Comprehensive nature reserve guide when you join
  • Cumbrian Wildlife magazine three times a year
  • Access to member only events
  • Email updates about wildlife around the county & news from behind the scenes at the Trust
  • Membership card
  • Access to Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves around the UK
  • 100's of events & conservation days to take part in every year
  • Wildlife themed car sticker
  • Opportunity to get involved in a local group
Family birdwatching in a bluebell woods - copyright Tom Marshall

© Tom Marshall

Family membership also includes ‘Wildlife Watch’ membership for up to 4 children at the same address; Wildlife Watch magazine four times a year, posters, stickers and wildlife handbook. It’s great for getting kids interested in nature.

Spending time outdoors as a family is really important to us. By joining the Trust we have discovered lots of new places to explore.
Member of Cumbria Wildlife Trust
image Portrait of an alert adult badger backlit by evening sunlight Derbyshire UK - copyright Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

© Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

What Cumbria Wildlife Trust does with your membership:

  • By becoming a regular supporter you will make a real contribution to saving nature and special wildlife places locally.
  • The need for funds is ever present - we simply would not be able to continue our vital work without membership income.
  • Buy and care for nature reserves in Cumbria
  • Inspiring the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts
  • Tackling some of the biggest threats to Cumbria's wildlife
  • Being part of The Wildlife Trust movement gives us the driving force to stand up for wildlife and nature conservation on a national scale too.

How your hard-earned £1 is spent protecting Cumbria’s natural world:

infographic - every penny raised by cumbria wildlife trust members is spent in cumbria
2017-2018 annual review pie chart showing expenditure
image of Early purple orchids - copyright Jim Higham

Early purple orchids © Jim Higham

Every single one of our members contributes to helping nature in Cumbria.

Here are just a few examples of the work that our members helped make possible over 2017-2018:
•    3,238 hectares of wildlife habitats on our nature reserves were cared for.
•    2,350 wildflower plug plants were planted at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.
•    8,000 trees weeded by volunteers at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.
•    29 wetland scrapes created at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.
•    475 children took part in our Wildlife Watch groups.

The Wildlife Trusts play a very important part in protecting our natural heritage. I would encourage anyone who cares about wildlife to join them.
Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS
President Emeritus, The Wildlife Trusts
Sir David Attenborough, London Wildlife Trust, Woodberry Wetlands -c- Penny Dixie

Sir David Attenborough, London Wildlife Trust, Woodberry Wetlands © Penny Dixie

Most people join by direct debit. It's secure and straightforward. You can join by card payment but direct debit is the most cost-effective way for us to process your membership payment.



If you'd like to talk to us about becoming a member of Cumbria Wildlife Trust email Kate Harnott, Membership Administrator or call 01539 816328 Line open 9am-5pm, Monday to Thursday.

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We wouldn't be able to do the work we do for Cumbria's wildlife without our members. 
Cumbria Wildlife Trust