The Evidence Champions: Practitioners

Introduction

We have many fantastic Evidence Champions. If you need more information on what an Evidence Champion is and how to become one, visit the Become an Evidence Champion page.

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Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC)

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) is a national wildlife charity with its head office in Dorset. Its mission is to ensure that native frogs, toads, newts, lizards and snakes - and the habitats on which they depend - survive and thrive. ARC is one of the UK’s leading managers of lowland dry heath. It owns 24 nature reserves and manages 80, covering 4,000 acres (1,950 hectares) nationally. The trust runs species recovery programmes, undertakes monitoring and scientific studies and is a pioneer in ‘district licensing’ for local authorities and housing developer surveying. As a governmental advisor, its team of habitat rangers and world renowned ecologists provide outreach educational programmes to help the public conserve and get to know the environment on their doorstep.

Visit www.arc-trust.org

Bat Conservation International

BCI’s mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.  Bats are vital to our world’s ecosystems and economy, but hundreds of species are under threat. BCI works worldwide to conserve caves, restore critical habitats in danger, and ensure the survival of bats. Founded in 1982, BCI has grown into a globally recognized conservation organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions. As a science-based and results-focused organization, BCI’s strategic plan outlines high impact conservation efforts focused on four core missions to execute our work: (1) Implement endangered species interventions, (2) Protect and restore landscapes, (3) Conduct high-priority research and develop scalable solutions, and (4) Inspire through experience. 

Visit www.batcon.org

Bernwood Ecology

Established since 1998, Bernwood provides a range of ecological services to both public and private sectors. They undertake work predominantly across the counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Greater London. They assist clients with planning, development and wildlife conservation, including protected species, Countryside Stewardship advice and habitat, historic parkland and woodland management plans.

Visit bernwood.net

Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity working to conserve butterflies, moths and the natural environment. Our activities include conservation programmes for threatened species, management of nature reserves, survey and monitoring, education, training, raising awareness and carrying out research. We work closely with a range of Universities and Research Institutes, particularly in relation to the research use of the 30 million plus distributional records for butterflies and moths that we hold from the national recording schemes we run and the population monitoring data for butterflies gathered through the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).

Visit www.butterfly-conservation.org  

Durell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Durrell) is an international charity with a mission to save species from extinction. Our mission is delivered through conservation interventions in the field and our zoo, applied conservation science, training the next generation of conservation practitioners, and education through nature connection. Through this integrated approach, Durrell aims to not only prevent extinctions but also recover populations of threatened species, revive and rebuild ecosystems and reconnect people with nature, helping to drive the societal change needed to save and restore the natural world. We are committed to ensuring our conservation actions are evidence-based and managed adaptively to ensure the delivery of practical, relevant, and effective conservation initiatives.

Visit www.durrell.org/wildlife

Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organisation

EWCO Uganda works to ensure the delicate balance between environment; biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in indigenous communities around protected areas in Uganda. EWCO works to promote conservation of endangered wildlife with emphasis on elephants, great apes and amphibians. The goal is to mainstream biodiversity conservation into development policies, plans and projects to deliver co-benefits in the areas where they work.

Visit www.elgonwildlifeconservation.org

Froglife

Froglife is a UK wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on. They strive to make practical differences with their education and conservation teams working on-the-ground to engage people and to restore and create vital amphibian and reptile habitats. They are encouraging as many people as possible, from all walks of life, to get involved in wildlife conservation. Froglife delivers its work through three programmes – Transforming Landscapes, Transforming Lives and Transforming Research.

Visit www.froglife.org

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) works closely with local communities, landowners and partners to deliver much-needed conservation work across more than 1000 hectares of nature reserves, and within the wider landscape of Gloucestershire. This vital work safeguards these remaining special wild places and drives nature’s recovery, working towards a future where the countryside thrives once more with wildlife, wildflowers, trees, butterflies, insects and animals. The charity also delivers a vast range of events and projects across the county, as well as providing free public access to its nature reserves, enabling people from all backgrounds to spend time outdoors and get closer to nature.

Visit www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk

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Ingleby Farms

Ingleby Farms is one of the worlds leading sustainable agricultural companies in the production of high quality food. Ingleby is a long-term owner of land, managing pasture, arable and mixed farms in nine countries accross four continents. Ingleby's vision is to be world-leading sustainable farmers, where we farm to produce sound, healthy food, but also protect and enhance the environment for future geenrations.

Ingleby supports ecosystem functionality and promotes biodiversity on-farm by protecting species and enhancing habitat quality where necessary by improving landscape composition and configuration. Currently, we protect 34% or 33,985 hectares of our land as conservation easements or nature reserves. We deliberately protect by removing from production sensitive areas like geological formations, steep slopes, gullies, rivers, lakes, riparian strips, natural grasslands, wild woods and native bush.

Visit www.inglebyfarms.com

Kent Wildlife Trust

Kent Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading nature conservation charity. The Trust manages three visitor centres and over 70 nature reserves covering 8,000 acres and is supported by over 31,000 members and over 1,000 registered volunteers.

The Trust aims to protect and improve habitats in the countryside, coast and town for the benefit of the wildlife and people of Kent; campaign against inappropriate and damaging development; and educate and inspire young people to help secure a more sustainable future.

Visit www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) is the largest non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Mauritius to be exclusively concerned with the conservation and preservation of the nation's endangered plant and animal species. Our goals are: 
- To save threatened Mauritian species through the restoration of entire ecosystems.
- To seek new information through field research, data management, captive studies and scientific
collaboration for direct application to restoration methods and management.
- To share knowledge gained through restoration programmes with fellow Mauritian and international
conservationists.
- To share the joys and benefits of native wilderness and wildlife with the Mauritian people.
- To secure the future of Mauritian species through income generation and sound management of human,
fiscal and capital resources.
Our hands-on conservation projects are carried out in Mauritius including the offshore islets and Rodrigues. We work closely with local and international partners, with the long-term aim of recreating lost ecosystems by saving some of our rarest species from extinction and restoring the native forest. Another important part of our work is to raise awareness about conservation issues through our education programme.

Visit www.mauritian-wildlife.org

Medway Valley Countryside Partnership

Established in 1988 and part of the larger family of Countryside Management Partnership’s in Kent, the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership (MVCP) is a not-for-profit conservation organisation. Working predominantly in the boroughs of Tonbridge and Malling and Maidstone in Kent they work to create, sustain and enhance Kent’s landscape and its wildlife. By developing, managing and supporting community-based environmental initiatives they run a myriad of projects both small scale and large. Projects include practical tasks with volunteers, ecological surveying of barn owls and dormouse to larger catchment wide projects including a pesticide amnesty and invasive non-native plant control programme.   Working with multiple partners, MVCP also encourages and enhances greater access to the outdoors and promotes the corresponding health benefits.  They develops and promote life- long outdoor learning, run Forest School sessions for both children and adults and also run outdoor educational events to re-connect people with their local natural heritage. 

Visit www.medwayvalley.org

National Trust

Established in 1895, the National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity and one of Britain’s biggest landowners, caring for over 780 miles of coastline and 250,000 hectares of land, 126,000 hectares of which are within a National Park and 103,100 hectares of which are an A/SSSI. We work to restore nature, for the public benefit this delivers, with existing targets to deliver bigger, better and more joined up landscape, to establish a healthier, more beautiful natural environment. We continue to deepen our knowledge through
our research, ensuring that we have the evidence we need to inform decision making and deliver internationally-renowned conservation work and fulfil our core purpose; to help people understand more about, and be inspired by, the properties, land and collections in our care, so that they can be enjoyed for ever, for everyone.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is West Africa's first nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation, and is the first international branch of USA-based nonprofit SAVE THE FROGS!. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is to protect Ghana's amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

Visit www.saveghanafrogs.org

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust (SRWT) is a registered charity and works with the local community towards a better future for wildlife, people and the green spaces we all love. SRWT are also part of a national network of 46 Wildlife Trusts, working together for a better deal for nature and people locally and in the wider world. SRWT manages 15 nature reserves across the Sheffield and Rotherham area. SRWT uses an adaptive monitoring framework to track long-term trends across their reserves and beyond. They are looking to better incorporate conservation evidence into their decision making through becoming a Conservation Evidence champion.

Visit www.wildsheffield.com/

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The Vincent Wildlife Trust

The Vincent Wildlife Trust has been at the forefront of wildlife conservation for over 40 years. Their work is focused on British and Irish mammals and currently centres on the bats and members of the weasel family (the mustelids).

Their specific niche is an organisation that undertakes surveys to identify the current status of mammal species of concern, carries out pioneering conservation-led research, publishes the details of this work and offers expert advice to others through practical demonstration. Their innovative research has helped provide solutions to conservation issues locally and internationally.

Visit www.vwt.org.uk

 
Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (Wildlife Trust BCN) is a local wildlife charity supported by over 1,000 volunteers and more than 33,000 members. Together we restore, protect and fight for wildlife and wild places across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

We manage over 100 nature reserves covering 3,945 hectares of meadow, fen, woodland, heathland, chalk grassland, lakes and more. Through our nine Living Landscape projects we are working with others to connect our sites together into a bigger, more joined up area, helping wildlife to move freely through the countryside. We provide advice and training on habitat management and species identification for volunteers, ecological consultants and landowners as well as a wide range of events to engage people with nature.

Our aim is for all our conservation work to be evidence led with habitat management decisions based on sound science. We run surveys to monitor population trends and assess the success of our practical habitat management, and work closely with universities and other organisations conducting research on our reserves. 

Visit www.wildlifebcn.org

 
Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest charity dedicated to the conservation of woodland in the UK. We own over 1,000 sites across the UK, covering around 28,000 hectares and we have 500,000 members and supporters. Our conservation activities focus on the protection, creation, restoration and management of native woodlands and trees in the context of the wider landscape – both rural and urban. We are seeking to achieve a network of woods and trees that are bigger, better, more joined up and great in number than before. Delivering landscape-scale conservation requires a collaborative approach, working with partner organisations, landowners and communities to develop diverse, wildlife-rich and resilient landscapes that engage and benefit people. The Woodland Trust research programme funds and supports research to underpin our approach to conservation. We target our involvement in research activities to ensure that our objectives for woods and trees are informed by the best available evidence.

Visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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