Conservation

We Protect and Restore Europe’s Wild Areas

The European Nature Trust supports the most effective conservation organisations across Europe to deliver a shared vision of a wilder continent. Through our work, we help people reconnect with the natural systems on which we depend.

A Lasting Impact

The European Nature Trust was founded in 2000 by Paul Lister, a passionate conservationist determined to invigorate the wildlife of our continent. After years in the family furniture business and the sudden ill health of his father, Paul had an awakening; he saw the damage that had occurred across the Scottish ecosystem, and launched a mission of rejuvenation. In 2003, he purchased Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, now the focus of a pioneering rewilding and ecotourism initiative.

Paul’s vision of restored nature has extended across the continent. At The European Nature Trust, we are working to preserve the wild areas that remain, and restore those that have been lost.

Philosophy

Our conservation philosophy:

We believe that naturally-functioning ecosystems are essential; that herbivores, carnivores, scavengers, and all the agents in between, must be afforded the space and resources they need to thrive.
When natural processes are free to shape the landscape, Europe can become a wilder, healthier place. Crucially, we as humans must reconnect with nature, recognise its benefits, and coexist with wild species.

Our Conservation Work

From the Scottish Highlands, to the snow-topped mountains of Romania's Carpathians and beyond,
we support a network of conservation projects across Europe.
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Our Conservation Work

UK

We restore the degraded landscapes of the UK.

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Spain

We work to conserve Spain’s flagship species and landscapes.

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Romania

We preserve Romania’s unique biodiversity and ecosystems.

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Portugal

We support the return of wildlife to rural Portugal.

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Italy

We protect Europe’s most vulnerable carnivore populations.

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Belize

We preserve the integrity of Belizean ecosystems.

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“A true conservationist knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children”

John James Audobon, 
Ornithologist, naturalist & painter

Conservation News

Uncovering the healing ecosystems of rural Portugal

We recently curated a media trip for guests to visit Rewilding Portugal.

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Searching for bears in wild Asturias

Europe, contrary to popular opinion, still boasts an abundance of biodiversity, keystone species and large carnivores. You just need to […]

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Belizean Conservation Groups Gather to Celebrate, Collaborate and Conserve

TENT recently brought together a network of conservation groups to support the preservation of Belize's natural wealth.

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