Cumbria Wildlife Trust

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust is a wildlife trust covering the county of Cumbria, England. It runs over 40 nature reserves and aims to broaden the awareness and knowledge of the wildlife in the county.


The Trust was established in 1962 as the Lake District Naturalists' Trust. It changed its name to the Cumbria Trust for Nature Conservation in 1974 when the county of Cumbria was created.[1]

Its headquarters are near Kendal and at the edge of the Lake District National Park, but most of the reserves are outside the National Park. They include peat bogs (Witherslack Mosses), limestone pavements (Hutton Roof Crags), ancient woodlands and coastal sites (South Walney).


It runs education programmes for visitors, suitable for all ages, and welcomes the involvement of volunteers. It also campaigns regionally and nationally on a range of wildlife issues.

In recent years it has been involved with hay meadows (via the Coronation Meadows project and the Trust's own Meadow Life project)[2] and the designation of Marine Conservation Zones in the Irish Sea.

Trust Officers


Vice Presidents:

  • M Albon
  • K M Atkinson
  • S P Bonner
  • M Burkett
  • Dr H M T Frankland
  • Dr G Halliday
  • D Le Cren
  • S Johnson
  • D Jeffray

Board of trustees

  • John Farmer

Company Secretary:

  • David Hill


  • Anne Powell

Chairman of Conservation Group:

  • Martin Holdgate

Chairman of Development Group:

  • Mike Langley

Individual Members:

  • Robin Cornah
  • Susan Garnett
  • Barbara O'Connor
  • David Sharrod
  • Margaret Sutcliffe
  • Judith Wallen


  1. ^ Frankland H. A history of Cumbria Wildlife Trust. 2011
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External links

  • Cumbria Wildlife Trust website
  • Charity Commission. Cumbria Wildlife Trust, registered charity no. 218711. 
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