Whitley Fund for Nature is a UK charity. We have channelled £20 million to 200 conservation leaders in 80 countries across the Global South, benefiting wildlife, landscapes and people.


Sir David Attenborough narrates this new film about Shivani Bhalla, winner of the 2023 Whitley Gold Award.

WFN's top prize is awarded annually to a Whitley Award alumnus who has also received Continuation Funding. This laddered support allows successful conservation solutions to be scaled up; Shivani is a Kenyan conservationist whose work with her team of Samburu warriors, elders and women has helped the local lion population rise to a 15-year high.

Watch the 2023 Whitley Awards Ceremony live on demand

Our flagship Whitley Awards are given to inspiring conservationists leading local projects to benefit wildlife, landscapes and people. Following a global search and assessment by an expert Judging Panel, we announced and celebrated the winners of the 2023 Whitley Awards at a ceremony in London, hosted by WFN Ambassadors Tom Heap and Kate Humble on Wednesday 26 April.

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We’re pleased to share that we have reached our target of raising £160,000 for locally-led wildlife conservation to mark WFN’s 30th Anniversary

We champion our Whitley Award winners through a global PR campaign, which this year saw their work featured in the Washington Post, The Times, The Financial Times and many other publications

This year we enjoyed a busy week with the 2023 Whitley Award winners: Shivani, Tulshi, Leonard, Mamy, Yuliana, Albert and Serge. Here’s what happened…

Some of our favourite moments from the 30th Whitley Awards ceremony…

2023 is the 30th Anniversary of the Whitley Awards and we wanted to honour this moment in our history with something very special…

conservation and climate change

WFN is one of 15 organisations urging world leaders to increase support for locally-led solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises, in a joint open letter at COP26.

The WFN funding stream supporting community-led action for conservation and climate.

Your opportunity to offset carbon through a Whitley Award-winning reforestation project in Brazil.