North Wales Wildlife Trust

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North Wales Wildlife Trust
Ymddiriedolaeth Natur Gogledd Cymru
North Wales Wildlife Trust Logo.jpg
Predecessor North Wales Naturalists
Formation 1953 in Bangor
Type Registered Charity
  • 36 Reserves (1,821 acres in total), 6 Local Branches
Area served
North Wales, UK
Key people
Frances Cattanach, CEO
£1,410,384 (2017)
27 (2017)

The North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT) (Welsh: Ymddiriedolaeth Natur Gogledd Cymru) is the Wildlife Trust for North Wales. Established in 1963 it covers the vice counties of Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Merionethshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire with over 4,500 members[1]. It is a registered charity and a member of the Wildlife Trusts Partnership with head office being located in Bangor and its eastern office is temporarily located in Mold, Flintshire.

Aims of the North Wales Wildlife Trust are:

  • To conserve North Wales' wildlife for the future.
  • To increase the understanding of North Wales' wildlife and its natural environment.
  • To apply this knowledge of practical wildlife conservation in our nature reserves and elsewhere throughout North Wales.
  • To enhance the enjoyment of and access to North Wales' wildlife by members of the public.

It has local members branches (who organise and lead local walks, talks and meetings), each member of the Trust will automatically become a member of their local branch, however . They are:

  • Anglesey Branch
  • Conwy Valley Branch
  • Arfon Branch
  • Clwydian Branch (covering Denbighshire and Flintshire)
  • Meirionydd Branch
  • Wrexham & Dee Valley Branch


The history can be traced back to 1953 when two botanists RH Roberts, a local headmaster and WS "Bill" Lacey, a lecturer in University College of North Wales who carried out vegetation surveys and recommended that the fens of Cors Goch and Cors Geirch be acquired as nature reserves. In 1962 Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves stepped in to make a holding purchase until a local conservation body could be established to buy and manage nature reserves.In 1962 65 people met and formed The North Wales Naturalists from which a council of 10 was elected with Colonel JC Wynn Finch as Chairman and Dr WS Lacey as Hon Secretary. By 1965 the Trust had 359 members and 3 nature reserves totaling just over 145 acres. Over the following years several other local Trusts would provide their reserves and assets to the North Wales Naturalists and while some larger branches would be separated to form independent Trusts; 1972 West Wales Trust formed the Meirionnydd Branch, 1982 Montgomeryshire Branch became the Montgomeryshire Trust for Nature Conservation, 1988 the Trust was renamed as ‘North Wales Wildlife Trust’.

Bill Lacey (Lacey Lecture)

The annual Lacey Lecture, presented by the Wildlife Trust is a tradition which has been going for over 15 years. It is in memory of Professor William Lacey B.Sc, Ph.D, D.Sc, F.L.S, F.G.S[2] known by everyone as ‘Bill’ Lacey who achieved great academic distinction and international standing in palaeobotany. He was also an inspirational teacher and a practical man when it came to conservation. He became the Trust’s first Secretary, was for 14 years Chairman and then President.

He was an academic, teacher and practical conservationist of great skill and dedication and the Trust is grateful to Bill and to his family for the time and energy they have given to wildlife.


The trust manages the following 36 nature reserves (1,821acres in total):

  • Abercorris
  • Aberduna
  • Aberogwen / Spinnies
  • Big Pool Wood
  • Blaen y Weirglodd
  • Bryn Pydew
  • Caeau Pen y Clip
  • Caeau Tan y Bwlch
  • Cemlyn
  • Coed Cilygroeslwyd
  • Coed Crafnant
  • Coed Porthamel
  • Coed Trellyniau
  • Coed y Felin
  • Cors Bodgynydd
  • Cors Goch
  • Cors y Sarnau
  • Eithinog
  • Gors Maen Llwyd
  • Greenacres
  • Gwaith Powdwr
  • Gogarth (with a trust shop on the summit complex of the Great Orme)
  • Graig Wyllt
  • Maes Hiraddug
  • Marford Quarry
  • Mariandyrys
  • Minera Quarry (part of Minera SSSI)
  • Morfa Bychan
  • Nantporth
  • Pisgah Quarry
  • Porth Diana
  • Rhiwledyn
  • Traeth Glaslyn
  • Three-Cornered Meadow
  • Y Ddol Uchaf
  • Y Graig

The Trust also manages other sites on behalf of corporate bodies on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, while further supporting other organisations to advise best management practices for wildlife conservation on their own land[3].

work with businesses, landholders, farmers and community groups on and around the Wrexham Industrial Estate, advising on conservation land management and improving connectivity for wildlife across one of the largest industrial areas in the UK. This involves carrying out surveys for conservation priority species, mapping habitats and drawing up management prescriptions for businesses operating on the industrial estate. - Jonny Hulson, Living Landscape Officer[4]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Hibbert, F. A. (January 1983). "Professor W. S. Lacey, B.Sc, Ph.D., D.Sc, F.L.S., F.G.S." Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 86 (1–2): iii–ix. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.1983.tb00713.x. ISSN 0024-4074.
  3. ^ "MWL Systems discovers rare orchids on its land | West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce". West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  4. ^ "MWL Systems Discovers Rare Orchids on its Land". Business News Wales. 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2018-09-12.

External links

  • Official website
  • Charity Commission. North Wales Wildlife Trust, registered charity no. 230772.

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