The charities you need to know

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Welcome to a selection of nature-related charities you may be interested in. Simply click on a logo to find out more information about the selected charity.

Tiger Awareness

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01162 761221

Tiger Awareness is a UK-registered charity that works for tiger conservation in India. It works with local communities via education, healthcare and ‘tiger squads’. The charity also supports the forest staff with anti-poaching dogs, solar lights, medical camps and torches. Find out more about it on the website.


British Trust for Ornithology

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01842 750050

Watch spring unfold in your garden! Help inform conservation by joining the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). This spring, new members will receive a free first-year subscription to Garden BirdWatch (normally £17), which includes the BTO’s Garden Birds and other wildlife books to help you understand, identify and record the birds visiting your garden.


Born Free Foundation

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01403 240170

Born Free is an international wildlife conservation and welfare charity founded by movie stars, Virginia McKenna OBE and Bill Travers MBE. What began as a small organisation dedicated to reducing the suffering of captive animals in zoos, is today a global force for wildlife. The foundation's work protects elephants, big cats, bears, orcas, dolphins, pangolins, gorillas, wolves, giraffes, and many other vulnerable species.

Born Free continues to campaign for better animal welfare standards, while focusing on major global conservation projects, education and environment policy. It's dedicated to finding compassionate conservation solutions, by rescuing individual animals, and working with local communities to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

'Whenever I feel the urge to relax, to unwind, I think of all those beautiful, wild animals and their babies with which we share this world...The wind of change is blowing through the wildlife world, the public will not put up with living museums – a selected handful of species kept for our entertainment while vast tracks of natural habitat and thousands of species go to the wall. It's not that I am more interested in animals than humans, I'm just interested in life.' - The late Bill Travers MBE, Co-founder, Born Free


The Owls Trust

Web: | Phone: 01492 870719

The Owls Trust, based at Bodafon Farm Park in Llandudno, is a small charity that does invaluable work. It has one of the UK's best collections of owls on display to the public, and is entirely free to visit every day of the year.

There are three main strands to the Owls Trust's work. First and foremost, it provides rescue and rehabilitation to injured birds of prey. Its staff nurse the wild birds back to health and, when they are ready, they are released back into a suitable habitat. The charity is often asked to step in to rescue "pet" owls, which are frequently distressed and in poor condition. When it can, the Owls Trust gives them a permanent home at the park where they can regain a good quality of life in more spacious and appropriate surroundings suitable for their species.

The second strand involves educating young people and older groups about the UK's birds of prey, their place in our environment and how we can maintain their habitats to protect the bio-diversity of our countryside. Each year, the charity visits more than 170 schools and institutions with its owls.

Finally, the Owls Trust works with international partners to create and maintain breeding stocks of the world's rarest owls. When imperiled habitats can be restored and protected, the charity is then able to enhance threatened populations and even introduce new groups.


The Mammal Society

Web: | Email: | Phone: 02380 010981

The Mammal Society promotes evidence-based conservation to help UK mammals. It delivers training courses, produces good practice conservation handbooks and undertakes scientific research to improve conservation. Visit the website to find out more about how you can help the society conserve some of the UK's most elusive and charismatic species.


World Land Trust

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01986 874422

WLT is an international conservation charity, which protects the world's most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.


Field Studies Council

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01743 852100

FSC is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment. We believe that the more we understand about the environment, the more we can protect its diversity and beauty for future generations.


Zoological Society of Hertfordshire

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01992 470490

Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, has become the ‘Zoological Society of Hertfordshire’ (ZSH), charity (No.1108609). Paradise/ZSH have made contributions of over £5,000,000 to conservation projects and wildlife causes in the UK and around the world. Paradise are also part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme; most recently, successfully breeding jaguars. Paradise is the first zoo in Europe to receive a double Platinum Award for funds raised for the EAZA Tiger Conservation Initiative and is a Platinum Award winner for funds raised for the Lemur and Madagascan EAZA appeal. It is an active member of the British, European and World Association of Zoos (BIAZA, EAZA & WAZA).


The Deep

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01482 381000

The Deep is primarily an education and conservation charity and as such, conservation is at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to help raise public awareness of marine conservation issues of national and global significance, and at any one time we have multiple research and conservation projects up and running. The Deep crew are passionate about protecting the oceans and the species that live within, so our projects all focus on the aquatic environment. From protecting endangered penguins in Antarctica, to monitoring Manta Ray populations in the Red Sea or safeguarding the future of endangered animals, our dedicated team of aquarists are carrying out pioneering work.


Manta Trust

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Manta rays and their close relatives, devil rays, are some of the most beautiful, fascinating and enigmatic creatures in our oceans. However, they’re also some of the most threatened, as their populations are vulnerable to overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution. The Manta Trust’s mission is to conserve manta and devil rays, and the habitats on which they depend, through research, education and collaboration. Co-ordinating global research and conservation efforts, its team comprises a diverse group of researchers, scientists, conservationists, educators and media experts, all working together to share and promote knowledge and expertise.


Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary

Web: | Email: | Phone: 07342173724

Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife rescue charity, operating 24/7, 365 days a year to rescue and care for all sick, injured and orphaned wildlife from Yorkshire, Country Durham and Redcar & Cleveland. We are completely voluntary run and currently admit over 2100 rescues every year.


Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01626 872234

The Shaldon Wildlife Trust helps preserve some of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world. Supporting conservation projects worldwide, it is also a training centre for young conservation students. It’s the small zoo making a big difference, highlighting the way small actions can have a direct and positive impact on biodiversity.


Butterfly Conservation

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01929 400209

Butterflies and moths are struggling because their habitat is being destroyed. Five butterfly species and more than 60 different moths have already become extinct in the UK. Butterfly Conservation saves butterflies and moths by improving landscapes and creating a better environment for us all. Sign up to All Aflutter, our free monthly email newsletter, to discover how to help butterflies in your garden, get more information about how Butterfly Conservation saves endangered species, learn where to look for and how to identify butterflies and moths, find out about project appeals and get the latest membership offers.



Web: | Email: | Phone: 0117 2309998

Do you want to volunteer and care for rescued animals abroad? Or maybe work at conservation projects making a real difference? Globalteer is a UK registered Charity providing ethical and responsible volunteering opportunities overseas. Our volunteers work with an amazing variety of animals from Elephants, Sloths, Orangutans, Monkeys, Bears, Gibbons and Dogs. Volunteers also work at Conservation projects in the Peruvian Amazon or Reef restoration in Borneo and Sea Turtle protection in Costa Rica! Globalteer's programs are located in Asia and Latin America on beautiful islands, pristine jungle and even in ancient cities! If you have a love for animals and want to volunteer to create a better life for rescued wildlife, then you can volunteer with Globalteer at one of our many projects abroad!

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