About Scottish Wildlife Trust

About Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked for over half a century in pursuit of its vision of creating healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. We campaign for wildlife through our policy and advocacy work, demonstrate leading best practice through conservation projects and inspire people to take positive action through our education and engagement activities.

We manage a network of around 116 wildlife reserves across Scotland which we our staff work tirelessly to protect year-round. These reserves are places where we want wildlife to thrive, and where everyone can truly connect with nature.

From native species and landscape projects, to policy work, managing wildlife reserves, education programmes and campaigning for nature, we protect Scotland’s wildlife for the future. 


From major landscape-scale restoration projects in the Highlands, to reintroducing beavers back to Scotland for the first time in 400 years, our projects range widely in size, scope and timescale.

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels works with local communities to ensure red squirrels will always be a part of Scotland’s special native wildlife. Together with partners, landowners and a network of local groups and volunteers, we are focused on the areas where red squirrels are most under threat.

Our efforts are making a difference — in many places, red squirrels are already making a comeback. However, there is still a lot of work to do. There are many ways for you to get involved with helping to save Scotland’s red squirrels, from reporting a squirrel sighting to volunteering. With your help, we can continue to protect them.

Riverwoods is an exciting, ambitious initiative, launched in 2019 by the Scottish Wildlife Trust to create a network of thriving riverbank woodlands and healthy river systems across the whole of Scotland. Creating habitat – and joining the fragments of remaining good habitat – is essential for wildlife in a rapidly changing climate. Improving the habitat alongside Scotland’s rivers, streams and lochs will substantially contribute to building a much-needed Scottish Nature Network, helping to make Scotland’s wildlife and communities more resilient for the future.
Focusing on marine planning and community engagement, our Living Seas work aims to ensure that Scotland’s marine resources are sufficiently protected for the benefit of people and wildlife. Our coasts and waters support a rich and diverse array of spectacular wildlife and natural habitats that provide a wealth of benefits to society, from food and jobs to education and inspiration. From responding to planning applications to campaigning for better protection of our marine resources, the Trust is involved with a wide range of marine conservation activities. The Living Seas project is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

2021 will be a crucial year for our natural world: the year when the UK will host the UN Climate Change conference (COP26) and the year that the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration begins. To mark this turning point for wildlife,  we have established the Scottish Wildlife Trust Resilience Fund. By ensuring climate resilience on and around our reserves, helping people connect with nature and by promoting nature-based solutions, together we can protect and prepare our natural world for the future.


A proportion of every sale from the British Wildlife by British Artists Exhibition will be paid as a donation to Scottish Wildlife Trust (registered charity no SC005792) - full details can be found on the FAQ page.