The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) aims to conserve wildlife and the habitats they depend on throughout Ireland, while encouraging a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the need to protect it. The Irish Wildlife Trust was founded in 1979 as a non-governmental organisation and charity.
We provide the public with information about wildlife, run education and training programmes, carry out habitat and species surveys, campaign and lobby on biodiversity issues, restore natural habitats, consult with industry, agriculture and Local Authorities to maintain our natural heritage and contribute to national and international forums for the protection of biodiversity.
The Irish Wildlife Trust is governed by the ‘Council’, a board of directors that are elected and nominated by members at the Annual General Meeting. The Council are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the IWT. The IWT head office has a small staff unit that respond to the public requests for information and fulfil the IWT activities and commitments on a daily and annual basis. The IWT depends upon the generous voluntary efforts of its volunteers throughout Ireland who work tirelessly to conserve Ireland's wildlife and habitats and bring life to the organisation. The IWT is a nationwide organisation with a strong membership base, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors, with branches in Dublin, Laois/Offaly, Galway, Cork, Waterford, Kerry, Longford/Westmeath and Cavan.
The IWT is a member of the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) and through the IEN receives core funding from the Department of Communication Climate Action and Environment.
We are active members of the European Environmental Bureau and Sustainable Water Network (SWAN).
The Irish Wildlife Trust has conservation groups that have become affiliated with the organisation over the years as we share in our mission to conserve Ireland’s wildlife and habitats. The groups are Groundwork (International Volunteer Conservation Work Camps in National Parks), Bat Conservation Ireland (Umbrella Organisation for Bat Groups around Ireland) and Badgerwatch Ireland (Organisation involved in Badger Conservation, Welfare and Awareness).