About us

From the places we go and the food we eat, to the popular bedtime stories we read to our children - nature touches all our lives more deeply than we realise.

Unfortunately, 60 per cent of our wildlife are in decline and 1 in 10 are heading for UK extinction.

We believe that nature is too important to lose

We are a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast.

By working alongside local people we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature, and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places. Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers.

Together we can make Sussex life richer.

What do we do?

  • We manage over 30 nature reserves across Sussex that people can explore and enjoy.
  • We act to protect the wildlife and the natural environment across Sussex.
  • We create opportunities for people of all ages to learn about nature and connect with it.
  • We inspire people through our events, publications and courses to care for nature.
  • We conduct research that supports the conservation of nature in Sussex.
  • We engage with policy makers and other organisations to encourage positive change.

The Sussex Wildlife Trust in numbers

  • Over 30,000 people are members of the Sussex Wildlife Trust - you can join this passionate movement here
  • Over 4,800 children are members of Wildlife Watch, our junior branch
  • Over 450 dedicated volunteers work 6,500 days a year for the Trust - you get involved here
  • Over 4,500 acres of land are managed for nature - you can find information about visiting these reserves here
  • Over 10,000 children visit our environmental education centres every year - we're inspiring the next generation
  • Over 5,000 people get closer to nature by attending our wildlife events and courses each year - book on an event here
  • Over 4 million local wildlife records are held by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre

We are also part of a wider national movement of 47 other individual Wildlife Trusts that cover the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney. The Sussex Wildlife Trust was formed in 1961, and is now the largest local organisation dedicated to protecting the wildlife and natural environment across Sussex.

For more information about The Wildlife Trust movement nationally, watch our documentary film telling the story of The Wildlife Trusts. From its inception as the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves in 1912 under the leadership of Charles Rothschild, to the birth of the modern nature conservation movement.