Top 6 Wildlife Charities in the UK
If you want to donate to a wildlife charity, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. There are countless wildlife organisations in the UK working tirelessly to support native species. To make your decision a little easier, we’ve created a list of some of the best UK wildlife charities, summarising who they are and what they do:
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was founded way back in 1889. Through nature reserves, petitions and public awareness campaigns, the organisation seeks to conserve bird populations throughout the UK. The charity also runs annual birdwatching days. These are, in effect, huge wildlife surveys giving an up-to-date impression of birdlife and bird numbers across the country.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
The WWT runs nine nature reserves across the UK. The charity’s aim is to preserve wetlands, which are a primary source of drinking water for both humans and wildlife. The reserves are a place where people, young and old, can learn about the wetland habitat and the creatures that make it their home.
Marine Conservation Society
The Marine Conservation Society takes care of the UK’s seas and the creatures living within it. The charity campaigns for sustainable seafood. It works with fisherman to find more sustainable methods of fishing and promotes sustainability amongst retailers and consumers. Every year MCS volunteers also tidy up beaches across the country and conduct projects with local communities to ensure our seas are clean and healthy environments for everyone to enjoy.
Butterfly Conservation is a charity dedicated to protecting the UK’s declining butterfly and moth populations. The organisation has established reserves around the country, works to survey the UK’s butterflies and moths and raises awareness of their plight.
Named after one of Beatrix Potter’s most famous characters, Tiggywinkles is one of the world’s leading wildlife hospitals. Based in Buckinghamshire, it’s open every day and every hour of the year to treat injured and orphaned animals. It takes in over 10,000 every year and aims to release them all back into the wild.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Following an alarming decline in bumblebee numbers, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established in 2006. The charity works to establish bee-friendly habitats and encourages the general public to make changes to their own gardens. They are currently working to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee (declared extinct in the UK in 2000) back into the country.
Donations from sales of our gift boxes for bird and wildlife lovers support the amazing work that WWT and Butterfly Conservation do.
- Nikki Boxwild