Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Defending wildlife, restoring landscapes, inspiring people

About Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s vision is to achieve a Wilder Derbyshire. They manage 46 nature reserves and work to promote and care for the natural environment, raising awareness of wildlife issues across Derbyshire and beyond.

Get Involved!

Of course, they can only do this with a little help from you! So, how can you help? As a matter of fact, there are many ways that you help them achieve their goals. Of course, you can also have fun taking part. Let’s take a look at some of the activities you can be involved with.

  • Get Wild At Home

    How about trying ‘Wild Tots At Home’? In this case, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has been busy creating videos and downloads and are now sharing them with you. For example, you can join their Facebook Group – Nature Tots At Home. Or, try downloading the Garden Birds Activity Sheet.

  • Wild Schools At Home

    These nature-inspired activities and ideas can help fulfil curriculum criteria in not just Science, but also Art, Numeracy and Literacy for key stages 1 and 2. At the same time, educating children to become the next generation of people that will share a common interest in caring for our environment.

    In this instance, there are new video’s appearing regularly and also activities such as making bird boxes, building a bug factory or a home for hedgehogs. Additionally, you can share your pictures. Take a look here.

  • Volunteering

    You can register your interest as a potential volunteer on their website. However, you’ll be pleased to know that there are several available preferences to choose from. In fact, you can also set a preference for the location too!

    Reserve Work – join a group of like-minded people and enjoy the great outdoors. Learn or share traditional skills such as coppicing or fencing. In this case, the work can be varied according to the seasons.

    Education – the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust hold many events throughout the year and need volunteers to help with educating children of all ages (and adults too).

    Membership and Admin – if you prefer to be involved in the administrative side of the Trust here’s your opportunity. Apparently, there’s always a kettle nearby.

    Retail – Derbyshire Wildlife Trust currently have 3 charity shops based in Bakewell, Belper or Derby.

    Events & Marketing – Again, working at an administrative level.
Living Landscapes

Another key point, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is working with local businesses, landowners, communities and individuals on large-scale habitat restoration and enhancement. Hence, this will create a healthier environment for wildlife, the local economy and people.

At the present time, they are working on 6 Living Landscape schemes. For instance, these include the Derwent Valley, Erewash Valley, White Peak. Not to mention, Trent Valley, Dark Peak and Coalfields.

Nature Reserves

A great way to get out and about. For one thing, you’ll be getting some exercise which is always a good thing. However, you’ll also be able to take in some stunning scenery. Additionally, many of the Reserves are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

With this in mind, you can choose from woodlands to wetlands, stunning open spaces to hidden gems. Discover the best sites for nature across Derbyshire.


  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
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    Main Street, Middleton,
    DE4 4LR

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