Before donating to the World Land Trust (WLT), you may want to try our handy area converter below (figures are approximate). How Big is an Acre? Find out below.
Quick acre comparisons: From 16 tennis courts to the size of Wales
An acre is a unit of area containing 4,840 square yards and approximately the same size as one football (soccer) pitch OR 16 tennis courts.
An acre of rainforest contains up to 86 different species of tree, with the amphibians, birds, insects and mammals that depend on them. It costs just £100 to purchase and protect an acre with WLT, to save this threatened habitat and its wildlife from destruction.
How big are the reserves WLT has helped to protect?
Size of St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, UK
- The WLT’s Kites Hill Reserve in the UK covers 48 acres.
Size of the island of Samson (Scilly Isles, UK), or just under the size of the Vatican City
- By helping to fund the purchase of Danjugan Island in the Philippines, WLT protected 106 acres of tropical forest and coral reef.
Twice the size of the Olympic Park in London, and bigger than the area used by the Glastonbury Festival, UK
- Over 925 acres of Orang-utan rainforest habitat protected in Malaysian Borneo so far, through the support of WLT.
Eight times the size of Battersea Park, London and just under the size of Gibraltar
- WLT has helped to protect over 1,600 acres of mangrove and other tropical forest in Guatemala.
Size of the island of North Ronaldsay (Orkneys, UK)
- WLT has protected 1,809 acres on Margarita Island, Venezuela for the endangered Yellow-Shouldered Parrot and other threatened species.
Size of the Scilly Isles, off the south-western tip of the Cornish peninsula, UK
- Well over 4,000 acres of amazingly diverse habitat have been protected in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, with support from WLT.
Size of Windsor Great Park, UK and just under that of Nauru, an island country in Micronesia in the South Pacific that is the world’s smallest republic
- Working with the Wildlife Trust of India, WLT has so far helped to secure safe passage for elephants and tigers through wildlife corridors covering 5,000 acres.
- A further 5,000 acres of forest have been protected in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park.
Size of San Marino, Italy and of the Scottish island of Barra, UK
- The Ranch of Hopes Wildlife Refuge in Patagonia (Argentina) covers 15,000 acres of coastal steppe and protects species including Magellanic Penguin and Guanaco.
Size of the Scottish island of Benbecula, UK
- The REGUA project area now protects over 18,000 acres of critically threatened Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil.
Twice the size of the island of Montserrat, in the Carribean
- WLT has supported Guyra Paraguay in the purchase of four reserves across three very different habitats in Paraguay: the Dry Chaco, Chaco-Pantanal and Atlantic Forest. Together, these protected areas cover over 56,000 acres.
Just under the size of the Caribbean island of Barbados and bigger than the English county of Rutland
- WLT’s four project partners in Ecuador, Fundación Jocotoco, Fundación EcoMinga, Fundación Pro-Bosque, and Nature and Culture International (NCI), are now involved with the management of over 100,000 acres of threatened and biodiverse forests. These support 17% of the world’s bird species, over 400 species of amphibian and 16,000 species of plants, with new species being discovered all the time.
Almost the size of Hong Kong
- The Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area in Belize, Central America, covers approximately 260,000 acres - 4% of the total area of the country. It contains a mix of broadleaf forest, palm savannah and freshwater lagoons and rivers. This was WLT’s first project area back in 1989.
Approximately the size of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, or the English county of West Sussex
- WLT and its overseas project partners have been instrumental in the purchase and protection of over 500,000 acres of tropical forest and other threatened habitats.
Size of Wales, or of Belize in Central America
- Together, WLT and its partners ensure that over four million acres of land are managed under active protection worldwide. See where we work around the world.
More species will be protected and more habitat saved...