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.
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.
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.
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.