About us

About us

Photo: Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

We are the county’s leading conservation charity, committed  to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature. We manage nature reserves and discovery parks across the county,  providing outstanding outdoor education and preserving places of wonder.

Founded in 1959 by volunteers, we protect over 8,400 acres of land across 87 sites and are supported by 39,000 members. Our climate is in crisis and our species face extinction. The natural world needs our help. Together we can protect the future. Join us.

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Photo Bertie Gregory / 2020VISION

Who we are

Essex Wildlife Trust was established in 1959 when a group of conservationists formed the Essex Naturalist's Trust. Since then we have grown from strength to strength.

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Long-tailed tit

Photo: Bob Coyle

What we do

Essex Wildlife Trust protects wildlife through landscape conservation, education on our nature reserves and visitor centres and campaigns that help to give wildlife a greater voice in our county.

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How we are funded

Essex Wildlife Trust relies on the generosity and enthusiasm of our members and supporters to fund the vast majority of our work. Thanks to you we can continue to protect wildlife and inspire the next generation to care for wildlife too.

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