Our activities take us around the world, contributing to regional or global conservation strategies.
However, we particularly focus on some of the South of England’s most important wildlife habitats, and on arid and semi-arid rangelands of north, east and southern Africa. We work within and outside of formally protected areas but regardless of designation, these ecosystems are human dominated environments where sustainable, multifunctional approaches to land management are needed to maintain biodiversity and support human livelihoods, health and wellbeing.
Marwell is situated within the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. Our own land includes tracts of semi-natural ancient woodland and chalk grassland which we manage for wildlife and people while deriving benefits such as hay production and use of woodland products. We are naturally keen to monitor the outcomes of our methods and demonstrate responsible custodianship. Elsewhere in the county, we apply the same principles to the restoration of valuable heathland habitat through grazing and other forms of management.
We are committed to the conservation of wildlife across the Saharan region, working with partners to achieve ambitious goals in an otherwise neglected part of the world. Within the region, we have established long term initiatives in Tunisia, a relatively small but remarkably diverse country influenced by the Sahara and the Mediterranean. Here, we are interested in the restoration of arid steppe and desert ecosystems , including the reintroduction and management of threatened species that had previously disappeared from this part of the world.
In Kenya, we work across state and privately owned protected areas, and in community conservancies to help monitor, study and manage wildlife. In the process, we support community initiatives to diversify livelihoods and promote sustainable use of natural resources, including adaptive grazing management, water conservation, and activities such as tourism that derive benefits from robust wildlife populations.
Our work in Zimbabwe is allied with the ‘Conservation Across Boundaries’ strategy of the Dambari Wildlife Trust which seeks to understand and conserve the natural resources of the unique Matobo Hills. Recognised as a World Heritage site for its high cultural and biological value, the Matobo Hills form an important catchment for the Shashe-Limpopo river in an otherwise semi-arid environment and support the livelihoods of agro-pastoral communities, and others relying on a healthy and functioning ecosystem. Dambari Wildlife Trust was founded by Marwell as a locally registered not for profit organisation in 1997 (originally the Marwell Zimbabwe Trust) and remains our principal delivery partner in Zimbabwe.
Globally, we host the Programme Office of the IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group, the world's leading body of scientific and practical expertise on the status and conservation of all antelope species.