About us

About us

Our vision is for Shropshire to be alive with wildlife, loved by people and its wild places restored.

We are the only charitable organisation in the county focused solely on nature conservation in Shropshire. Ours is a beautiful county, but nature here has suffered decades of destruction, just as it has elsewhere.

We need your support to help turn our vision of nature recovery into reality. Shropshire Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. For nearly 60 years we have worked to protect Shropshire’s special places and wildlife for generations to come.

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Who are we

Our team of 50 staff is supported by 550 volunteers, who work together to help nature's recovery.

We are governed by our Board of Trustees, who oversee the governance and strategic leadership of the Trust. We receive no core governmental funding: our work is made possible by the generosity of our members and other supporters.

Our offices are based at The Cut Visitor Centre, in the heart of Shrewsbury. 

Dolgoch Quarry
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We save wild places

We manage over 40 Nature Reserves across Shropshire. Ancient woods, flower-rich grasslands,  wetlands and heathland - our nature reserves provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife. They all need managing to ensure the survival of their uniquely interesting characteristics.

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Pine Marten

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We save wildlife

We protect the incredible species that call Shropshire home, by understanding what they need and creating spaces where they can flourish.

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We connect people with nature

We engage with people of all ages through walks, talks, schools and projects to make wildlife part of our lives. Nature enriches us and helps boost our physical and mental wellbeing.

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(c) Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

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We campaign for nature's recovery

We have a long history of campaigning for positive change for nature and people, and working with local communities to save special places for wildlife and helping nature to recover.

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The Wildlife Trusts

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is part of The Wildlife Trust movement. There are 46 Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. With 825,000 members The Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the whole range of the UK's habitats and species.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is an independent, autonomous charity with its own Trustees. We are a member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) which operates as an umbrella organisation for all 47 Wildlife Trusts and helps coordinate campaigns at a national level. RSWT is a separate charity in its own right - we are not governed by RSWT.

Mission Statements and Policies

Badgers and TB

The Wildlife Trusts are very conscious of the hardship that bovine TB (bTB) causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease.  However, we strongly believe that a badger cull is not the answer and we have been working to develop a humane and practical alternative; vaccination. We are one of twelve Wildlife Trusts who since 2011 have worked nationally to vaccinate around 1,000 badgers in partnership with vets, farmers and landowners. Currently we are working with Shropshire Badger Group who are continue a vaccination programme and would never permit badger culling to take place on our own nature reserves in Shropshire. 

Fox hunting

The Hunting Act 2004 is the law which bans chasing wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales – this basically means that fox hunting, deer hunting, hare hunting, hare coursing and mink hunting are all illegal. Prior to this the Trust did not allow hunting on our land though previously we were unable to prevent a hunt from crossing our nature reserves if using a legal right of way.  The law is now clear on this issue and we are grateful to members of the public and hunt monitoring groups who let us know of illegal hunt activity. Where we have sufficient evidence we report incidents to the Police to investigate and take enforcement action.

Beavers

We want to see more wildlife-rich wetlands in the landscape, and land and watercourses managed in a way that slows the flow of water towards the sea. Beavers are an integral part of this and the Trust is actively pursuing the possibility for the reintroduction of beavers to Shropshire on secure sites. Such wetlands provide excellent habitat for wildlife and can be a real positive for nature tourism.
 
In the UK, where beavers have become re-naturalised outside of secure sites, there have been localised issues with landowners where private land has been flooded and crops damaged along the riverside. We believe that farmers should be compensated for this damage and they should be paid to farm with wildlife, providing ‘public goods’ or public money. These wetlands slow the flow of streams and rivers, and protect land downriver from flooding, reduce siltation and improve water quality and benefit each and every one of us

Modern Slavery Statement

SHROPSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST is committed to ensuring that there are no instances of modern slavery or human trafficking occurring within its global organisation or its supply chains. It has a strict zero tolerance approach.

SHROPSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST is focused on ethical and responsible business practice in our supply chains and will continue to review and improve in this area.

In keeping with SHROPSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST’s mission of fighting poverty, wherever possible we source goods and services locally. Our supplier base is broad and diverse and is comprised of organisations best able to meet our requirements.

We are committed to high levels of vigilance wherever we operate. If an existing supplier were to be suspected of having links to involvement in modern slavery, interaction with that supplier would immediately cease.

SHROPSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST’s supply chain activities are managed under the guidance and leadership of our central procurement function and in accordance with our Procurement Policy.

Our Procurement Policy requires all staff and volunteers, regardless of their role and for all procurement whatever the value, to follow the procurement principles of fairness, transparency, ethical behaviour, compliance and value for money.

The Policy also states ‘Procurement activity must not support organisations involved in criminal activity such as fraud, corruption, forced labour (modern slavery) and other human rights abuses.

The Procurement Policy demands that whoever is involved in procurement must also refer and adhere to our other relevant HR Policies:

We regularly reviewed and updated our Code of Conduct, our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and our Data Protection policy within the year. Adherence to our Procurement policy is included within our routine internal audits.

For high value or high risk procurement, our prequalification questionnaire for tenders requires suppliers to declare whether they, or anyone in their organisation, has been involved in offences under the Modern Slavery Act (among many other criminal or illegal acts). Suppliers are also required to state if they use sub-contractors and whether they have processes in place to check whether any of the above circumstances apply to their subcontractors.

Before contracts are awarded due diligence checks are done on suppliers. The level of due diligence undertaken is related to the value of the procurement and the nature of the goods being purchased.

Due diligence is carried out at a senior  level and includes, but is not limited to, numerous sanctions lists checks (which contains names of individuals or organisations who are known to be involved in financing crime or terrorism), reference checks, and site visits where appropriate. In some instances donors may also require additional specific due diligence activities to be carried out.

Housing and development

Shropshire is likely to have at least 35,000 new homes built by 2030 and the Trust actively engages in the planning process, examining strategic planning documents and endeavouring to safeguard key wildlife areas in both local authority areas. We understand that new homes are needed and believe that built in the right way and in the right place new developments can make a positive contribution to nature and the health and well being of people who live there.

The Trust believes that new developments should have no net loss of  existing wildlife habitats, must include much more space for nature and that new buildings must incorporate wildlife-friendly features (bird and bat boxes) and minimise carbon emissions to  reduce impacts on climate change. Residents should have the opportunity for daily enjoyment of nature, improving their health and wellbeing and that they should have access to safer transport routes, cycleway and footpaths set in high quality natural green spaces.