About us

About us

Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebeius argus) worn male at rest on bell heather (Erica cinerea). © Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

About Dorset Wildlife Trust

Dorset Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. With the invaluable support of our volunteers, members and corporate supporters we manage more than 42 nature reserves for wildlife and people in Dorset. We also work with other organisations and landowners to protect and connect wildlife sites across the county and inspire local communities and young people to care for wildlife where they live.

Our vision and mission

Brooklands Farm © Brian Bleese

Our history

Dorset Wildlife Trust was founded in 1961 as a charity to promote nature conservation through the study, monitoring and management of nature reserves. Since then our work has extended to influencing others who affect our wildlife and to promoting a better understanding and appreciation of wildlife by the public. We offer advice to landowners and managers; we stand up for wildlife in the fight to prevent inappropriate development; and we work to influence decision-makers right up to central government level.

Spiny Seahorse In Seagrass. Dorset © Alexander Mustard/2020VISION

A female spiny seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) shelters is a meadow of common eelgrass (Zostera marina). Photographed in summer (August) in Studland Bay, Dorset, England. British Isles. English Channel. - Alexander Mustard/2020VISION

How we are run

A group of elected Trustees oversee the governance and strategic leadership of the organisation. Our Trustees are members of the Trust and give their experience and expertise for free.

More about how we are run
Foraging walk © Toby Roxburgh/2020VISION

People taking part in a coastal foraging walk on the shore at Lyme Regis, UK, Feb 2011. During the walk, run by Dorset-based Fraser Christian, participants are taught about the edible plants, seaweed and shellfish that can be collected from the shore. Model released. - Toby Roxburgh/2020VISION

How we are funded

As a charity, our work to save wildlife and wild places relies on the financial support of our members, donations, grants, legacies and other funding sources. Much of our income comes from our members – and we are grateful to every one of you for supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust. Thank you.

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How we use your donations

How we use donations

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Family bird watching on heathland in summer © David Tipling/2020VISION

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Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) © Lizzie Wilberforce