TRANSFORMING GLOBAL AMBITION INTO GRASSROOTS ACTION

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.

Whitley Award winner Estrela Matilde conserves sea turtles

Watch highlights from the 2022 Whitley Awards!

Whitley Awards are WFN's flagship prizes, and this year we recognised wildlife conservationists bringing people together across #OurLocalPlanet. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate them during this uplifting evening!

Sir David Attenborough narrates this new film about Charudutt Mishra, winner of the 2022 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; from his beginnings in a Himalayan village, Charu has pioneered community-based snow leopard conservation across all 12 countries in the elusive big cat's range.

Every donation you made to mark the 2022 Whitley Awards has been doubled by match funding, totalling £200,000! What’s more, your outstanding show of support means WFN has now awarded £20 million over the charity’s 29 year history.

Each spring we catalyse conservation action by inviting new Whitley Award winners to London for training, networking and media opportunities. We look back on what happened during the 2022 Whitley Awards Week…

Whitley Awards give winners a boost in profile, and this year’s cohort have found themselves everywhere from TV screens to newspaper headlines.

Our favourite photographs from the big night!

“The theme for this year’s Whitley Awards is #OurLocalPlanet, in recognition that each of us, wherever we live, can take action for conservation; and that through these changes – no matter how large or seemingly small – our collective impact will be global.” Edward Whitley, OBE

Meet this year’s recipients of world-leading prizes for grassroots wildlife conservation…

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.