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

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

Mossy Earth

Mossy Earth is a social enterprise dedicated to protecting and restoring biodiversity and ecosystem processes through targeted field interventions. It works with a wide range of partners to identify, plan and implement interventions that will achieve these objectives. Mossy Earth seeks to implement interventions that provide the best return on investment both in the local sense (most effective way to restore a species, habitat or natural process) and in the global sense (focusing on the type of intervention and ecosystem more likely to yield widely positive outcomes). The work is funded by individual members and businesses that provide recurring financial support. By creating engaging content about these interventions and sharing it through social media, Mossy Earth also aims to make its operations more transparent and appealing to a wider audience. In line with these objectives, Mossy Earth is interested in improving its approach to using and generating conservation evidence and to reporting intervention costs.  

Visit www.mossy.earth/

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

Nature Conservation and Study Centre

Nature Conservation and Study Centre is a grassroot organization working to conserve nature and empower communities in Nepal. We work and collaborate with scientists, researchers, activists, communities, and policymakers to incorporate high-quality result oriented scientific research into nature conservation and sustainable livelihood.

Visit ncsc.org.np/

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Plantlife

Plantlife is the international conservation charity working to secure a world rich in wild plants and fungi. Founded in 1989, Plantlife has 15,000 members and supporters. Wild plants and fungi are the foundation of all life on Earth. Plantlife enhances, restores, protects and celebrates our natural heritage through working with landowners, other conservation organisations, public and private bodies and the wider public. Plantlife owns 23 nature reserves covering nearly 4,500 acres across England, Scotland and Wales. We were instrumental in the creation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, the Important Plant Area network and we are a member of Planta Europa, a pan-European network of over 60 wild plant conservation organisations.

Visit www.plantlife.org.uk/uk

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/

St Andrews Botanic Garden Trust

St Andrews Botanic Garden was founded in 1889 and has developed on its present site since 1960. The garden is now managed by a charitable trust. It is a beautiful and inspirational garden in the heart of St Andrews.  The impressively landscaped 18-acre garden provides a haven within mature trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders, rock garden and ponds. The Trust’s objects are: to promote and advance the education of the community in the knowledge of botany, horticulture, the environment and other subjects related to the work carried on at the Garden; to advance scientific knowledge and environmental protection and improvement through projects of conservation and urban ecology to address climate adaptation and biosecurity; and to advance the health of the community by maintaining and improving the Garden, making available an open-air recreational space to promote the community’s physical and mental well-being.

Visit www.standrewsbotanic.org/

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Surrey Wildlife Trust is the only local organisation dedicated to ensuring Surrey is a place where both abundant wildlife and people can live and thrive together. Guided by a collaborative vision where we all play a part in connecting nature, we provide expert advice and guidance to landowners and managers, making sure the land we look after leads by example, while inspiring and educating people and organisations across the county on how to take action. By doing this we will create a Surrey that is full of diverse and abundant wildlife, where nature is valued at the heart of individual choices, corporate decisions, and local economic and policy making. One that helps tackle the ongoing climate emergency, while supporting the health and wellbeing of all who live here.

Visit www.surreywildlifetrust.org/


The Biodiversity Consultancy

The Biodiversity Consultancy is a specialist consultancy working with businesses to help them understand their impacts and dependencies on nature, and helping organisations develop strategies to reduce and compensate for impact where it occurs. We work across a range of sectors to make biodiversity a central component of sustainability commitments and we guide businesses through our science-led approaches, specialist strategic, technical and policy expertise. Our work varies from working on site-based projects to help understand impacts and design biodiversity action plans, to helping organisations mitigate the biodiversity impacts of complex value chains, to helping develop new methods and approaches to understand business impacts, risks and opportunities.

Visit www.thebiodiversityconsultancy.com

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Vincent Wildlife Trust

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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