About us

What we do

About us

Red squirrel (c) Graham Service

We believe that nature matters – within its own right and from the invaluable benefits it brings to our daily lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat.

We are your local wildlife charity

For 40 years, we have been driven and supported by passionate people, like you, who share our views and help us make a difference for nature locally - from protecting wildlife and wild places across Northern Ireland and championing our seas to inspiring people to care for nature on their doorstep.

We are proud to be one of 46 independent Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. Together we are the largest grassroots movement standing up for wildlife.   

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Our history

The Ulster Trust for Nature Conservation was formed in 1978 by a group of naturalists who saw an urgent need to put wildlife protection on a firmer footing. Over 40 years later, our name and stature may have changed, but the motivation that inspired our founding members remains the same.

From the acquisition of our first nature reserve in 1979, we now care for 18 wildlife havens across the country home to many species under threat, thanks to the support of over 13,000 members and 100 volunteers.

How we're run

Ulster Wildlife is governed by a Board of Trustees who provide direction, guidance and support to all aspects of the charity’s work. Our Trustees are members and give their experience and expertise for free.  The day-to-day running of the organisation is then delegated to the Chief Executive and staff and volunteer team.

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How we're funded

As a charity, we couldn’t help nature thrive in Northern Ireland without financial support from our passionate members, donors and corporate partners, alongside grant bodies and other funding sources.

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