What we do

What we do

Common carder bumblebee - Wildnet / Nick Upton

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.


About us

Essex Wildlife Trust was established in 1959 and has grown from strength to strength, always striving to protect wildlife for the future.

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Barn Owl Danny Green 2020VISION

Photo: Danny Green / 2020VISION

Our vision for a wilder Essex

Essex Wildlife Trust is working towards creating a Wilder Essex.

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Hanningfield Butterfly

News, blogs and publications

Read our latest news stories and find out what we’re doing to protect wildlife and wild places across Essex.

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Coastal realignment, Abbotts Hall Farm

Photo: Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Protecting wildlife

Our core aim is to protect the wildlife and wild places of Essex, on land and at sea.

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Autumn children - Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Photo: Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Outdoor learning

Essex Wildlife Trust are passionate about helping people of all ages to engage with wildlife and to inspire a lifelong love of nature.

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Dormouse - Amy Lewis

Photo - Amy Lewis

Professional services

We offer a number of professional services including planning advice, ecological consultancy and data searches.

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