Kent Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01622 662 012
About Kent Wildlife Trust
Kent Wildlife Trust is a charitable conservation organisation covering the whole of Kent and Medway. Founded in 1958, it is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild habitats for everyone to enjoy. The Trust has an annual income of over £4m, 57 employees and more than 1,000 volunteers. Its head office is near Maidstone.
Kent Wildlife Trust’s mission is to work with people to restore, save and enhance Kent’s natural heritage. Its vision is to ensure that 30% of Kent and Medway – both land and sea – is managed to create a healthy place for wildlife to flourish.
The Trust is a member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, a federation of 47 Wildlife Trusts, each an autonomous charity, covering the whole of the British Isles. In total, the trusts have over 80,000 members and manage more than 230 nature reserves.
Kent Wildlife Trust itself manages 65 nature reserves and has five visitor centres dotted across the county. The centres, which welcomed over 52,000 visitors in 2014, are located in Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Ide Hill, Herne Bay and New Romney. A business manager has recently been appointed to oversee a visitor services strategy. The Trust is also a membership organisation and has more than 31,000 members.
Kent Wildlife Trust relies heavily on the work of volunteers, who undertake activities such as giving advice, land management, surveying, tutoring, and visitor centre welcome and administration. In 2014, a bank of 1,017 volunteers donated nearly 13,000 days to the Trust.
In common with other Wildlife Trusts, Kent Wildlife Trust is committed to developing ‘Living landscapes’, where wild places are protected, recreated and reconnected. But, as Kent is a coastal county, the Trust also has a ‘Living Seas’ vision and campaigns for a network of marine protected areas to help restore the health of marine wildlife. Its marine policy officer has a leading role in a Living Seas team composed of representatives from seven other Wildlife Trusts in the South East region.
In 2015, Kent Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Medway Swale Estuary Partnership, was awarded a £450,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to get more people involved in protecting Kent’s marine environment. The project will give local people training in marine wildlife identification and survey techniques. Schools will also be involved through a programme of free activities at coastal sites.