It is a history in which Lincolnshire and, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trusts current President, Ted Smith played an influential role. Tim Sands said: "Ted Smith was a post-war pioneer of nature conservation. He saw the need for a different kind of body: one that could own land. Also he realised the need to work together to form a collection of organisations and the need for them to have a national voice."
That has been a strength of The Wildlife Trusts. Tim continued: "The movement was built up from local people, local communities inspiring work at a local level which recognised the importance of working together and through a national association."
At 792 pages, Wildlife in Trust is divided into three sections: a history of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts; individual histories of all 47 Wildlife Trusts in their own words plus a comprehensive reference section. The book features photographs and maps from The Wildlife Trusts’ archives and elsewhere.
Tim Sands has worked for more than 45 years in wildlife conservation, experiencing and influencing at first hand the dramatic development of the non-Governmental sector. For much of this time he has been involved with The Wildlife Trusts, helping to lead on issues, including better protection for badgers, otters, wetlands and peatlands. He is currently a Deputy Chairman of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
For an interview with Tim about the writing of Wildlife in Trust, please visit The Wildlife Trusts website.
Wildlife In Trust is available to buy for £25 at www.wildlifetrusts.org/shop and good book sellers from Thursday 25 October. The publisher is Elliott & Thompson Ltd. Members of The Wildlife Trusts can receive 15% discount through the Winter issue of Lapwings the magazine for members of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (see page 35).