Details of upcoming events organised by World Land Trust and information on how past events have helped to raise funds for the Trust.


One Wild Night with Steve Backshall and Friends

Date: Friday 13 December 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, South Kensington

Come and join us for One Wild Night with Steve Backshall.

Spend an evening listening to some of the greatest names in wildlife, adventure and sport, coming together for one night to share experiences, tell tales, and bring to the RGS Lecture theatre images and films from some of the world’s wildest places.

Compered by Monty Halls, Steve will be sharing the stage with Helen Glover, Dan Snow, George McGavin, Tanni Grey Thompson and more.

This event is raising funds for the expansion of the Rio Zuñac Reserve in Ecuador. Find out more or contribute to the project and help us protect this rich habitat in the foothills of the eastern Andes.

Kendal Mountain Festival

Dates: 14 – 17 November 2019
Location: Kendal

Founded in 1980, the Kendal Mountain Festival is an annual three-day celebration of the outdoors, sharing stories of adventure and discovery through the wilderness, and this year are supporting World Land Trust. Set on the edge of the UK’s beautiful Lake District, the festival offers over 200 events including speakers, film premieres, school outreach, literature events, live music and even a 10k trail race.

Tickets can be booked here

David Bebber - No Straight Lines in Nature

No Straight Lines in Nature

Date: 17 October – 4 November 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Location: theprintspace Gallery, 74 Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DL

On the 17th of October, creativehub are welcoming World Land Trust Ambassador, David Bebber, to theprintspace Gallery for his solo exhibition ‘No Straight Lines in Nature’.

Over the past 10 years, David has worked for the World Land Trust, photographing their crucial conservation projects across the globe that protect threatened natural habitats through land purchase. The World Land Trust does this by working closely with NGO’s to ensure the land is purchased by local organisations.

This exhibition brings together a collection of work from both personal projects and his time photographing WLT sites, which couple together on the theme of environmental celebration. David’s aim with this work was to do justice to the subject matter and convey it to the viewer with minimal room for misinterpretation, resulting in spectacular imagery, showcasing the beauty of our planet.

The Additional Value and Impact of Privately Protected Areas

Date: 15 October 2019
Time: 12.15pm – 3.00pm
Location: Sala Naciones 2A Lima, Peru

WLT and IUCN-NL will be joined by partners from across the world, including AESMO and Fundacion Biodiversa Colombia (FBC) for an afternoon of presentations, discussions and q & a sessions.

Hosted by Liliana Jáuregui from IUCN-NL and Alberto Yanoski, former CEO of Guyra Paraguay, this event will consider the impact of creating and managing Privately Protected Areas beyond the number of acres safeguarded.

Talks include:

  • Voices from the field.
  • The value of private reserves providing a foothold for conservation during turbulent political times in Central America
  • Using a PPA to show a model of conserving hydrological functions and trigger cooperation with municipalities and communities
  • FBC will discuss creating El Silencio in the Middle-Magdalena, an area the government has been slow to protect.
  • Successful alternatives to land purchase
  • Plus a panel session featuring all speakers.

If you have a question for anyone at the panel, please visit the entrance where you will find cards to be placed for collection ahead of the q & a.

Big Canopy Campout 2019

Date: 12 October 2019
Location: Your Favourite Tree

Join World Land Trust fundraisers during The Big Canopy Campout. Raise funds by spending a night underneath the canopy.

From 7pm to 7am, forest enthusiasts from around the world will be taking to the trees overnight to celebrate forest conservation, raise awareness of ongoing threats to habitats worldwide, and fundraise for World Land Trust’s Plant a Tree project.

The Big Canopy Campout has set an amazing goal of planting 1,000 trees with our Plant a Tree appeal, so visit their Facebook page for more information and some great fundraising ideas.

Protecting the Heart of Mexico Film Screening and Panel Discussion

: Tropicalizing Kyoto – The Grounding of Global Protocols to the Local Level

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Location: Central Park Zoo, Workshop Area North, New York

Another chance to watch Protecting the Heart of Mexico during Nature’s Climate Hub, which is running throughout Climate Week 2019.

The short film looks at the work of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), a WLT partner since 2007, through the eyes of the NGO’s founders, whose work to conserve the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico has protected 946,000 acres of important habitat.

After the film, World Land Trust Director of Communications and Development, Dan Bradbury, will chair the panel discussion which features “Pati” Martha Ruiz Corzo, Director of GESG, Dr. Martin Frick, Senior Director Policy and Programme Coordination at UNFCCC, and Martha Delgado Peralta, Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs & Human Rights, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Book Tickets here

Protecting the Heart of Mexico Film Screening

Date: Monday 23 September 2019
Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: The Explorer’s Club, 46 E. 70th Street New York

A second chance to catch Protecting the Heart of Mexico during Nature’s Climate Hub, which is running throughout Climate Week 2019, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, World Land Trust (WLT) and Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG).

The short film looks at the work of GESG, a WLT partner since 2007, through the eyes of the NGO’s founders, whose work to conserve the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico has protected 946,000 acres of important habitat.

More information and tickets here

Protecting the Heart of Mexico

WORLD PREMIERE & Subnational Climate Action

Date: Sunday 22 September 2019
Time: 12.45pm – 2.30pm
Location: Convene, 101 Park Avenue New York

As part of Nature’s Climate Hub during Climate Week 2019, join us for the world premiere of the short film, Protecting the Heart of Mexico, produced by World Land Trust and made by award-winning filmmakers Kristin Gates and Jeremy Là Zelle. Experience Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico like never before as the film explores the story of a mother and son taking responsibility for conservation within this special part of Earth.

Following the film, speakers Dan Bradbury, Director of Communications and Development (WLT), and Martha Ruiz Corzo (GESG) will discuss the environmental issues facing Sierra Gorda and WLT’s conservation initiatives.

Book Tickets here

Protecting the future - conservation in action

Photographs by David Bebber of World Land Trust projects around the world

Date: 27 August – 30 August 2019
plus evening event with Simon Barnes and David Bebber in the Auditorium on Tue 27 Aug
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: The Forum, Norwich

An exhibition of photographs from award-winning photographer David Bebber that showcase the work done by World Land Trust and our overseas partner organisations.

From Vietnam to Armenia, Borneo to Paraguay the natural world is under threat. David’s photographs offer a glimpse into the habitats at stake globally and the people working to safeguard them.

Entrance to the exhibition is free

Jaguar, WLT News Autumn 2018 cover. Image: Adalbert Dragon/Shutterstock

Saving Land, Saving Species - The First 30 Years of World Land Trust

Birdfair, 2019

Date: 17 August 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Location: Events Marquee, Birdfair,
Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water
Tickets: £10

Come and join us as we celebrate the first 30 years of World Land Trust, including an exclusive premiere of the film Three Decades of Conservation in Sir David Attenborough’s own words.

This extraordinary night of celebrations also sees Nick Baker and Bill Oddie champion two of their favourite wild places, Simon Barnes delves into our latest project in Dakatcha – home of the endangered Clarke’s Weaver, and Adela Espinosa and Gloria Waswa tell us about their projects in Ecuador and Kenya.

Plus, African Activities will join us for traditional African drumming, Simon Watt from the Ugly Animal Preservation Society will tell us about the small things that matter, and there will be some music to dance out into the night!

Find out more and buy tickets here

One Wild Night with Steve and Helen Backshall and friends 2018

See One Wild Night 2019 for our upcoming event!

Date: December 2018
Time: 7.00pm -10.00pm
Location: Royal Geographical Society, Kensington, London
Tickets: Sold out

A once in a lifetime collaboration between some of the greatest names in wildlife, adventure and sport, coming together for one night only to share experiences, tell tall tales, and bring to the RGS lecture theatre images and films from some of the world’s wildest places.

Among those sharing the stage with Steve will be Dan Snow, Doug Allan, George McGavin, Leo Houlding, Sean Conway,  Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, Simon Watt, Lowri Morgan, Will Greenwood, Monty Halls, Dame Katherine Grainger and Sophie Raworth.

Funds raised through the event will support World Land Trust’s work to save threatened tropical forest in Belize. As a Patron of World Land Trust Steve will give a flavour of the country and its incredible wildlife and detail his support for this project.

Unfortunately this event is sold out and tickets are no longer available. But there are still many items available for bids (including Deadly 60 packages!) on One Wild Auction »

Edward Lear: Wildlife artist and polymath (exhibition)

Date: 13-28 October 2018 (Tuesdays-Saturdays inclusive)
Time: 1-7pm
Location: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk
Not ticketed (donations welcome)

World Land Trust presents a new exhibition on the works of 19th Century artist and poet Edward Lear. Perhaps best known for his nonsense poetry, Lear was a gifted artist and often drew from life inspired by the exotic collections of wildlife at London Zoo.

His works are a celebration of the natural world and this exhibition will include original paintings from John Burton’s collection as well as works from artists influenced by Lear’s unique style. The exhibition will also include some prints (original and modern) for sale in aid of World Land Trust.

Edward Lear: Landscapes & Wildlife (talk)

Date: Friday 26 October 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Location: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk
Tickets: £12.00

An illustrated talk by Jenny Uglow.

Author Jenny Uglow discusses her latest book Mr Lear: A life of Art and Nonsense, an exploration of the life and work of celebrated poet, artist and musician Edward Lear.

Lear, who wrote the famous The Owl and the Pussycat  and other famous nonsense poetry, was also a celebrated wildlife and landscape artist.

This is a fundraising event, with proceeds supporting World Land Trust.

Find out more and buy tickets here »

The Big Canopy Campout © Steven Pearce

The Big Canopy Campout

Date: 15 September 2018

Location: Your favourite tree

Join World Land Trust fundraisers from The Big Canopy Campout by taking to your favourite forest and spending a night under the canopy.

Forest enthusiasts from around the world will be taking to the trees on the night of 15 September 2018 to celebrate forest conservation, fundraise for Saving Mexico’s Ancient Forests, and raise awareness of the threats facing wildlife habitats worldwide.

So if you can, head to your local forest to be a part of the canopy community. For more information, see The Big Canopy Campout website (where they are selling limited edition carabiners and Sierra Gorda shirts also raising funds for Ancient Forests) or follow them on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Discovering the secrets of Sierra Gorda, Mexico

Date: 13-17 August 2018 10am-4pm

Location: The Forum, Norwich, NR2 1BH

World Land Trust presents a photography exhibition from award-winning Mexican photographer and conservationist Roberto Pedraza Ruiz.

Uncover the secrets of Mexico’s ancient forests, where jaguars and pumas roam in the shadows of the mountains, delicate hummingbirds  flutter and parrots nest in hundred-year-old oaks. The captivating images share Roberto Pedraza Ruiz’s intimate knowledge of the wild and remote landscape and wildlife of the Sierra Gorda mountains, including rare and endangered species and the threats they face.

This exhibition is supporting World Land Trust’s Saving Mexico’s Ancient Forests appeal. No tickets required, but donations are welcome.