About us

What we do

About Living Seas North West

A collaboration between the North West Wildlife Trusts

Ballan wrasse in thongweed ©Paul Naylor

About us

There are 46 individual Wildlife Trusts working across the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Together, we are the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, across the North West, on land and at sea.

Cumbria, Lancashire, and Cheshire Wildlife Trusts have come together under the umbrella of the North West Wildlife Trusts to deliver The Wildlife Trusts' vision for our seas across the region:
Living Seas North West. 

With the invaluable help of our supporters, volunteers and members we campaign for the designation and management of a network of Marine Protected Areas throughout the Irish Sea and the conservation of the wider marine environment. We work with other organisations to raise the profile of marine life in the Irish Sea, and inspire local communities to care for their coasts and seas.

Our Living Seas vision

How we are run

Each Trust is run by a group of elected trustees that oversee the governance and strategic leadership of the organisation. Our trustees are members of the Trust and give their experience and expertise for free.

The work of our Living Seas North West programme is guided by a Steering Group made up of representatives from the North West Wildlife Trusts including our marine officers, marketing and communications teams, and conservation managers. Other vital members include a Living Seas Champion and Living Seas Ambassador - a conservation officer and Trustee from each Trust - that act to steer us and promote our work within each organisation and beyond.

Our marine officers Our Champions Our Ambassadors

How we are funded

As charities, the North West Wildlife Trusts rely on the support of membership subscriptions, donations, grants, legacies and other funding sources to allow us to carry out our work caring for wildlife across the North West.

The Living Seas North West programme is supported by grant funding and donations. Click on the links below to find out more about our funders or give a donation.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation  John Ellerman Foundation  Make a donation

Find our more about our governance

To find out more about the history of each of the North West Wildlife Trusts, as well as how they run, how they are funded, and how they spend money, click the on the links below.

Cumbria Lancashire Cheshire