Useful Resources


Capacity for Conservation: A self-led organisational development toolkit to help you achieve – and sustain – your conservation goals.

Conservation Evidence: This free, authoritative resource is a great place to start when designing a project. Conservation Evidence summarises evidence from scientific literature about how well different conservation actions work, or don’t work, with a searchable database of of over 8,500 papers and 3,600 actions.

Conservation Leadership Programme: A collection of downloadable guides on how to create fundraising proposals, write abstracts, plan field expeditions and more.

Conservation Optimism: Free guides to communicating conservation challenges in a positive way, including resources for parents, teachers and conservation professionals.

Endangered Landscapes Programme: Free resources to help practitioners restoring landscapes across Europe to benefit nature and people.

Environmental Funders Network: This series of free seminars covers digital fundraising during times of crisis, corporate partnerships, telling stories to inspire action and how to fundraise when it’s not your usual day job.

Evaluating Conservation Interventions on Human Wellbeing: IIED published this guidance with input from WFN, which aims to demystify the process of social impact evaluation.

Global Trees Campaign guidelines for tree conservation: A series of guides to help assess the status of trees, effectively plan the recovery and conservation of individual or groups of threatened trees and act to conserve them.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature: The IUCN offers a comprehensive collection of free, downloadable resources including a guide to reintroductions, Global Standard for nature-based solutions and circular economy.

Monitoring and evaluation: A free paper about effectively measuring and reporting on the impact of conservation projects.

Open Standards for Conservation: A widely adopted set of principles and practices that bring together common concepts, approaches, and terminology for conservation project design, management, and monitoring. Developed by the Conservation Measures Partnership and regularly updated in collaboration with the broader community, this open-source, strategic process helps conservation teams achieve lasting impact.

Partners Principles: An online toolkit for conservationists wishing to engage with communities, distilled from three decades of community-based work by the Snow Leopard Trust and Whitley Award winner, Charu Mishra.

PRISM: A toolkit to help small/medium-sized conservation projects effectively evaluate the outcomes of their work.

Species Conservation Planning Tools Library: Resources from the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group for species conservation experts seeking well-tested planning tools.

Volando Juntos: Provide tools for designing behaviour change campaigns aimed at reducing the demand for wildlife. The first three tools on understanding behaviour, defining a campaigns theory of change and how to plan communications are available now in both English and Spanish.

WILDLABS: A community of conservationists, data scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs that shares information, ideas and resources around technology-led solutions for conservation challenges.

Wild Hub: A free, member-led community of conservationists covering topics such as diversity, wellbeing and professional development. If you are a WFN Alumni, then you will also be able to access WFN’s private WildHub room. Please email us if you are not a member.

Wild Team UK: Free best-practice guides on strategy development, project management, delivering training, human-wildlife conflict, grant writing, and monitoring and evaluation.

Writing for Conservation: Whether you are writing a blog, report, book or an article for a peer-reviewed journal, this guide will help you to communicate your ideas in an informative and interesting way. It includes chapters on presenting data, creating graphics and managing references, as well as general writing style.


Conservation Biology For All: A free book on conservation biology including chapters by Whitley Award winners Cagan Sekercioglu and Carlos Peres.

Learning for Nature: A free, five-part online course in communicating the value of biodiversity, designed to help non-specialists who want to integrate communication into their work.

National Geographic Courses: These free, short, online courses have been put together by United for Wildlife and the Zoological Society of London. They dive into topics such as species prioritisation, marine conservation, the illegal wildlife trade, project planning and scientific expeditions.

What Works in Conservation by Bill Sutherland: This important e-book assesses the effectiveness of thousands of conservation interventions.


Design Pathways: Leadership training for mid- to late-career conservationists that applies proven methods from the private sector to real-world, environmental situations. Run by a team combining design, conservation and business expertise from Silicon Valley.

Durrell Conservation Academy: Wide range of conservation training courses online and in person (Jersey) including training on the Open Standards for Conservation.

LEAD: International, cross-sector training in leading sustainable development.

Sky Blue: Common Purposes’ Sky Blue is an online leadership programme for people who are working on environmental challenges.

Wild Team UK: Helping teams and individuals to adopt new, proven conservation solutions through interactive training.