The Wildlife Trusts share a vision for a Living Landscape across the UK where the environment is richer in wildlife for everyone. This vision translates into Gwent Wildlife Trust’s mission to achieve this for all who live in Gwent, which covers the unitary authorities of Monmouthshire County, Torfaen County Borough, Blaenau Gwent County Borough, Caerphilly County Borough to the east of River Rhymney, and Newport City.
GWT is a registered charity with over 9,000 members, and is a leading local force for wildlife with over 50 years of working to promote and conserve Gwent’s wildlife. GWT has more than 200 active volunteers, employs just under 30 staff, and works towards a vision of an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.
GWT manages over 25 nature reserves for people and wildlife, runs a far-reaching community education programme, stands up for threatened wildlife and works closely with schools, local landowners and community groups. It works in partnership with many voluntary and statutory organisations and is a member of the UK-wide partnership of 47 independent Wildlife Trusts, as well as working closely with the five other Wildlife Trusts in Wales.
Gwent Wildlife Trust is part of the influential UK-wide partnership of 47 Wildlife Trusts. The Trust has worked for 50 years to protect wildlife, wildlife rich places, and educate, influence and empower people. We manage over 25 of the best areas for wildlife and help others to manage theirs. Through the generosity of our members our work is helping to secure the future of many important habitats and species, which might otherwise be lost.
In only the last few years, the Trust has:
- Re-introduced water voles, the UK’s most threatened mammal back onto the Gwent Levels where they haven’t been seen for over 10 years
- Purchased nearly 30 acres of Barecroft Common some of the last remnants of grazing marsh lying adjacent to Magor Marsh Nature Reserve
- Established our own flock of rare breed sheep for conservation grazing of some of our nature reserves
- Enabled over 200 volunteers to take positive action for their local environment
- Advised landowners on how to manage their land for wildlife and allocated grants to owners of Local Wildlife Sites to help them manage their land for wildlife
- Inspired 1000’s children with natural play and wildlife watching at our education centres at Magor Marsh and Ebbw Vale
- Campaigned tirelessly to stop a relief road being built across the nationally important Gwent Levels
- Recruited our 10,000th member
We see the future of wildlife conservation as a Living Landscape – by identifying key areas to protect for wildlife, improving and joining them up across the county in partnership with other land-owners we can create an inspiring, accessible landscape which is full of wildlife and rich in opportunities for learning and sustainable economic development.
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