Who's who
Agencies and organisations involved with the countryside

Land Managing Organisations

Organisations which own and manage land for primarily nature conservation purposes (sometimes amongst other functions).

Landscape

The National TrustPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Royal Society for the Protection of BirdsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Woodland TrustPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
Natural EnglandPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
Scottish Natural HeritagePages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland)Pages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Countryside Council for WalesPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Forestry Commission
PlantlifePages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Wildlife TrustsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Herpetological Conservation Trust
The National Trust for ScotlandPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
Butterfly ConservationPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Wildfowl and Wetland TrustPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The John Muir Trust
The People's Trust for Endangered Species
The Vincent Wildlife Trust

Other UK Government Organisations

Government organisations relevant to practical conservation, which do not necessarily own and manage land for conservation.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for England & Wales (see especially the DEFRA Environment Index).
Scottish Natural HeritagePages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Countryside Council for WalesPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
Northern Ireland Environment AgencyPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
The Forestry Commission
The Environment Agency (England & Wales)Pages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
English Heritage
Ministry of Defence. This massive landowner has some superb conservation sites which are managed, often very well, for conservation when not needed for defence purposes. Their conservation and heritage magazine 'Sanctuary' is fascinating reading, and can be read online.
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
SEPA The Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Other Organisations

BTCV (The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)Pages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
The Countryside Management AssociationPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
IEEM: a professional body which represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers in the UK and abroad.
Country Land and Business AssociationPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
British Trust for OrnithologyPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet: the alma mater of Britain's bird ringers
WWF-UK: this long-established organisation is active in the UK as well as around pandas. Find out more at this site
Fieldfare Trust: about access to the countryside for people with disabilities - home of BT's Countryside for All campaign and information about accessibility, equality and statutory responsibilities of landowners. Common Ground
British Association of Nature Conservationists
The Association of Countryside Voluntary Wardens
Countryside Recreation Network: some very erudite and helpful papers about Countryside Recreation, plus references to lots more.
Flora locale is the UK national charity promoting the wise use of native flora.
Fields in Trust (formerly the National Playing Fields Association): see particularly the FIT Fields Toolkit a guide to help you ensure the success and sustainability of your outdoor spaces.
Groundwork Trusts: to do with urban regeneration and business partnerships and so on.
Young People's Trust for the Environment and Nature Conservation: an educational charity.
Campaign to Protect Rural England
Natur
: the professional institute for countryside and conservation staff in Wales.
Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
Northern Ireland Countryside Staff Association
Landlife: Campaigning charity about wild flowers and people.
The Game Conservancy Trust
Countryside Alliance
Ramblers Association: all about walking and rights of way.
Youth Hostels Association : should they be on this list? Probably not, but we like them. Note: website not working when we last tried it.
Common Ground: arts and community events based on 'a sense of place' and 'local distinctiveness'. And apples. Has a truly beautiful and inspiring website (and we don't usually get so lyrical about anything), a part of which is reproduced on the right.
Association for Heritage Interpretation: Organisation to do with interpretation of Britain's heritage, including the countryside, mainly aimed at professionals working in this field. Variously known in the past as the Society for the Interpretation of Britain's heritage (SIBH), and Interpret Britain.
The Arboricultural Association : to do with amenity tree planting and maintenance.
Tidy Britain Group: now Encams, organisers of the famous National Spring CleanPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet.
Birdlife International
British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU)
Loddon Fisheries & Conservation Consultative

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