History

Formed in April 1964, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is a membership-based registered charity with the objective to “advance the conservation of Scotland’s biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations.” Click the links below to find out more about our history.

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000 onwards

 

1960s

'64 Scottish Wildlife Trust is formed in Edinburgh by a group led by Sir Charles Connell
'65 The Trust recruits its 400th member
  Bernard Gilchrist is appointed - the Trust's first member of staff
  Launch of the Trust journal, Scottish Wildlife
'67 Tweed Valley "Branch" becomes the first local members' group
'68 With over 1,700 members, income exceeds £5,000 for the first time
  Falls of Clyde becomes a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve
'69 Loch of the Lowes, in Dunkeld, is purchased
  Production of first Scottish Wildlife Trust Christmas card

 

1970s

'73 The Duke of Edinburgh visits Loch of the Lowes and Duddingston
  Membership numbers rise above 5,000
'74 Trust focus broadens from wildlife reserves to the wider countryside
'76 Purchase of Montrose Basin in March
  First honorary memberships awarded to Dr George Waterston and Duncan Anderson
'77 The Rt Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy becomes the charity's first Patron
'78 Awarded £8,000 grant from Nature Conservation Council for environmental education
'79 Junior membership for ages 9-15 becomes the "Watch Club"
  Tailend Moss in the Lothians becomes the Trust's 50th reserve

 

1980s

'81 Headquarters move to Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh
  Wildlife and Countryside Act passed after widespread campaigning
'83 Trust highlights the dangers of acid rain and calls for action to combat it
'84 Dr David Bellamy opens the new Visitor Centre at Falls of Clyde
'85 The 21st Anniversary Appeal raises over £400,000 in less than a year

 

1990s

'90 HRH The Prince of Wales becomes the Trust's new patron
  The Trust has 84 reserves, 50 full-time staff, 150 trainees and 8,800 members
  First ever Development Plan launched
  Headquarters move to Cramond House, outside Edinburgh
'92 Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth opened by Magnus Magnusson
'95 Montrose Basin Visitor Centre officially opened to the public
'96 Launch of the "Web of Life", our first biodiversity campaign
'97 European funding secured for peat bog protection and restoration
  Membership stands at a record 13,800

 

2000 onwards

'01 £3.6 million Heritage Lottery grant to improve reserves and Visitor Centres
'02 The Trust now manages over 120 reserves across Scotland
'04 Largest rise in membership to-date, with 25,000 now supporting the charity
'06 New twenty-five year vision for the Trust published
'08 Beavers reintroduced to Scotland for the first time in 400 years
'09 The Marine Act is passed by Scottish Government, after months of campaigning
'11 The Trust exceeds 30,000 members, and achieves a turnover of £5 million
  Headquarters move to Harbourside House, in Leith (to the north of Edinburgh)
'13 Trust membership passes 35,000 for the first time
'14 The charity celebrates its 50th Anniversary

 

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