Help save land for nature. Donate to a local appeal

From once in a lifetime opportunities to do something amazing for wildlife, to urgent requests for donations to save a threatened piece of land, you can help The Wildlife Trusts achieve positive change for nature and people.

See also: badger vaccination appeals

Warwickshire

Help for Hedgehogs
 

Target: £250,000

Avon

Threatened butterflies

Target: £20,000

Gloucestershire

Inspire a Child
 

£25,525

Hedgehogs are in rapid decline in Britain, attracting significant media attention, both nationally and locally in Warwickshire.

The Trust plan to raise £250,000 to work with local schools, planners, developers, local businesses and landowners to raise awareness of the issues facing one of our most loved wild animals. 

Avon Wildlife Trust's nature reserves are home to several of the UK’s rarest and most beautiful butterfly species. But their populations are in serious decline. Vital butterfly habitat has been lost across the country – including 97% of England and Wales’ wildflower meadows.

To make this year great for butterflies, please make a gift towards the £20,000 the Trust desperately needs to improve butterfly habitat on their nature reserves. 

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust wants to offer every child in Gloucestershire the opportunity to learn and engage with nature. The Trust has dedicated staff members ready to provide the support for teachers and group leaders to make wildlife part of everyday learning.

The Trust's aim is to get at least 3,000 of Gloucestershire's children on to one of the Trust's 60 nature reserves for a fun and memorable experience that could spark a life-long interest on the wildlife right on their doorstep.

Leicestershire and Rutland 

Wild Lives at Rutland Water

Target: £170,000

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust has a fantastic opportunity to provide much-needed new facilities for over 350 volunteers who work at Rutland Water and other nearby nature reserves.

With your help the Trust can build a new Volunteer Training Centre, which is vital to sustainably manage these important nature reserves - where volunteers can learn how to protect and enhance our precious wildlife for generations to come.

Generous grants have been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Anglian Water, but we urgently need to raise further funds of £170,000 to complete the build.

Dorset 

Crayfish in Crisis Appeal

Target: £33,000

The white-clawed crayfish is the UK’s only native crayfish, which unfortunately has suffered a catastrophic decline in recent years. This is primarily due to the invasion of the larger American signal crayfish, that carries a fungal disease, crayfish plague, which they are immune to, but which is lethal to our native white-clawed species.

Unless immediate action is taken to help our white-clawed crayfish, this priority species could be lost altogether from not only the River Allen but from all of Dorset’s rivers.
Please help Dorset Wildlife Trust raise £33,000 to protect surviving native crayfish on the River Allen, whilst also bolstering their crayfish river restoration work here and on other Dorset rivers that will benefit white-clawed crayfish and other river wildlife for years to come.

Surrey

Treasure Chest Appeal

Help Unlock Thousands 

It almost sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? But the truth is, that by donating to Surrey Wildlife Trust's Treasure Chest Appeal that is exactly what you will be doing.

These donations are special because every £1 we receive from you will unlock an extra £9 from businesses in Surrey.

Your donation could help a variety of projects in the future from helping water voles, now thought to be on the brink of extinction in Surrey, to improving some of Surrey’s rarest habitats and supporting the rich variety of wildlife that rely on them. 

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Stiperstones

 

Target: £50,000

A conifer block has come up for sale on The Stiperstones and Shropshire Wildlife Trust is hoping to buy it and turn it back into heathland with heather, whinberries, sky larks and emperor moths.

If we can buy this bit of land another great stride will have been taken towards our vision of restoring heathland across the entire Stiperstones ridge, so that the emperor moth caterpillar may loop its way from one end to the other over the heather. Benefits are huge for wildlife and also for the people who love this landscape.

Beds, Cambs & Northants

Godmanchester Nature Reserve

Target: £100,000

We think Godmanchester nature reserve is one of Huntingdonshire's most important and special places, and we know that many of you do too.

It’s one of the few places in the Great Ouse Valley where you can see wetland birds and wildlife up close without disturbing them. The potential to increase the wildlife spectacle for people – whilst still protecting animals, plants and insects – is huge. By making a donation today you can help us buy this land and achieve our goal. 

Herts & Middlesex

Keep Reptiles Roaming

Target: £13,610

Hertfordshire is home to three of the six species of reptiles native to the UK. But, unfortunately, the warm, open habitats favoured by your local heat-loving reptiles are disappearing. 

Only 13 hectares of heather-dominant heath remains in Hertfordshire. The scale of heathland loss in this area is now worse than that of any other habitat and losing these distinctive sites threatens the survival of your local reptiles.

It's not too late to stop the current decline and keep reptiles roaming in your local countryside. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is working to safeguard their future. You can help.
 

Staffordshire

HS2: Wildlife In Crisis

Target: £17,500

HS2, the high speed railway that will link the north of England to London and the continent will pass directly through our county. It will also carve its way through over 25 sites that are important to wildlife. These sites are home to some of our most loved wildlife including barn owls, skylarks, hares, dormice and otters.

At this time of unprecedented crisis for wildlife we urgently need you to donate to our HS2 appeal so we can act as a voice for wildlife before it is too late. 

Birmingham & Black Country 

Rowley Hills
 

Save crucial grasslands

Rowley Hills are one of the biggest landmarks in the Black Country Living Landscape. Their grasslands are alive in flowers, butterflies and other wildlife. But the land is in fragmented ownership and its future is uncertain. 

Please support our appeal so we can bring as much as possible of the Rowley Hills grasslands into a wider nature reserve to secure their future for wildlife. Let's make this place a place that everyone can enjoy.

Devon Wildlife Trust 

Keep Beavers in the Wild

Target: £54,000

For the first time since they were hunted to extinction in the 1700s, England has a wild beaver population in Devon, on the River Otter! Thanks to your support the beavers are here to stay but the hard work isn't over!

Devon Wildlife Trust will be monitoring the effects of beaver activity on the river. This will inform future decisions on the release of beavers in England so please do lend your support.

DWT must now fund a five year River Otter Beaver Trial and there are no public funds available so any amount that the public can donate will help!

North Wales

Coed Ty Uchaf

Target: £65,000

North Wales Wildlife Trust have been given a special opportunity to create 35 acres of thriving fen and mire in the foothills of beautiful Snowdonia. This habitat will benefit a huge variety of wetland species from grasshopper warblers to woodcock and water vole to otter – but we need your help to make our vision a reality.

Northumberland 

Last Red Squirrel

Save from extinction

Northumberland Wildlife Trust believes it can save the red squirrel from extinction in the North East by stopping the spread of grey squirrels and managing the woodland landscape together with communities and landowners.


But we can’t do it without your support. 

Brecknock

Pwll-y-Wrach

Target: £42,000

This new piece of land features towering ash trees rising up from the valley bottom and oak trees on the drier upper slopes.

Spring sees the ground covered by a lush carpet of wild garlic, bluebells, wood avens and wood anemones.

In order to purchase the extra land, Brecknock Wildlife Trust had to dig deep into their reserves. By giving a donation now you can ensure the Trust can support more projects in the future! 

South West Wales

Carmel

Save a wildlife-rich meadow

Help the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales restore Carmel's meadows and hedgerows - home to dormice, orchids and bees - and bring out the full potential of this important site.

Path improvements and waymarking will also enable more visitors to experience the wildlife and rich history of the reserve.

Beds, Cambs & Northants

Great Fen Project

Target: £182,000

A fantastic opportunity to transform 182 hectares of land at the heart of the Great Fen.

BCN Wildlife Trust must find £182,000 of match funding in order to be awarded with the generous grant of £1.89 million from The Heritage Lottery Fund.

 
Worcestershire

Back to Life

Target: £200,000

We have just 6 months to raise £200,000 to complete the purchase of this wonderful woodland, adjacent to our Crews Hill nature reserve.

It’s over 20 years since the Trust last bought a substantial woodland and we now have the chance to secure the future of a very special one.

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Keep our seas alive

 

Target: £15,000


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust urgently needs to raise at least £15,000 to protect our seas. 

It's hard to imagine anything living beneath our grey waves, yet they are home to amazing marine species and habitats, which we want to see valued, safe-guarded and thriving as Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). We need your support urgently to get all 6 MCZs in our counties designated in early 2015. 

They will form part of a larger network protecting marine habitats and species of national importance. Your donation today will support this campaign to provide evidence and prove public support. You can help to protect and enhance our wonderful marine wildlife for the future. 

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Complete the jigsaw
 

Target: £55,000

We urgently need your help to purchase a crucial piece of wildlife habitat in the Avalon Marshes. To do this, we need to raise £55,000 before 30th June 2015.

Our Westhay Heath Nature Reserve is part of the Avalon Marshes, a vital area for migratory and resident water birds. The land we want to buy will provide a vital extension to the area of reed bed and pools of open water upon which bittern, bearded tit, kingfisher, otter and marsh harrier depend.

Please help Somerset Wildlife Trust to complete the jigsaw, and enable us to create a larger, more resilient expanse of wetland habitat that enables wildlife to move across the landscape and provides greater protection against localised extinction. 

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Support Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve 

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Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve provides home to a vast array of fascinating wildlife and is one of just four sites in England where osprey can easily be viewed.


However, whilst it's one of the most exciting examples of raised mire in the UK, there are improvements and restoration work needed. Planting reed seedlings will create lagg fen habitat, an exceptionally rare habitat, sadly, almost completely lost from the UK. A habitat which will provide valuable breeding grounds for dragonflies and shelter for birds. Eventually, it might even provide additional sites for adolescent bitterns.


You ought be able to visit and enjoy this nature reserve and all of the wildlife it provides a home for. And we want to make this possible for you. But, at the same time as making it better for people to experience, the delicate habitat needs protecting. Boardwalk will stop it from being trampled underfoot. Can you help us achieve this?
 

Dorset

The Great Heath Living Landscape

Target: £50,000

Help protect West Dorset’s magnificent meadows. By donating today you can help to maintain a unique grazing programme, protecting West Dorset’s picturesque but threatened grassland sites and allowing traditional wildflower meadows to flourish.

Thanks to a great response and support, the project now needs to raise only £19,000 more, but it is essential that this is raised as soon as possible to allow the grazing programme to continue.

North Wales Wildlife Trust

Alun & Chwiler Living Landscape

Target: £65,000

The Rivers Alun (Alyn) and Chwiler (Wheeler) and their catchments support some of North-East Wales’s finest and most varied natural landscapes and species.

However, in order to achieve our initial vision for these two living, breathing valleys we need to raise £65,000 to secure a three-year project aimed at connecting habitats, reviving rarities and bringing communities together. 

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Pontesford Hill appeal

Target: £207,000

Pontesford Hill has been enjoyed and treasured by local people for generations. The thick covering of conifers, planted in the 1950s, is a great place to see wildlife – butterflies, lizards and even dormice. 

Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the people of Pontesbury want to buy Pontesford Hill to continue connecting people with wildlife. All funds will help the Trust purchase the 80 acres needed. 

Wiltshire

Woodland Appeal

Target: £30,000
 

Our woodland is silently dying, having a devastating impact on our wildlife. We must act, now, to save what remains. Will you help us raise £30,000 to ensure our woodland is managed to the highest environmental standards so our wildlife can thrive far into the future?

Gloucestershire

x10 Appeal

Multiply your donation by 10
 

Landfill tax helps to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill and generates support for environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Help us make the most of this remarkable source of income.

Northumberland

Living Seas Appeal

Target: £15,000

Our North Sea is amazing. If we change the way we do things we can help it to recover and ensure that our marine wildlife thrives so that future generations can enjoy our marine heritage. Please be part of it. 

Read more about how you can help protect this incredible environment.

 
 
Surrey

Help our Heathland Birds

Save iconic birds

Over the last 200 years, roughly 80% of the UK’s lowland heath has been lost. In Surrey alone, we lost a staggering 85% of our heaths during this time. Nightjar populations, another heathland species, declined massively throughout the 20th century due to the loss of habitat.

Please help us support some of Surrey’s most threatened wildlife. Your donation is so important to enable us to carry out our habitat restoration work, crucial to the survival of the Dartford Warbler and many other species.  

Bedfordshire

Help Save Rare Butterflies

Target: £20,000 

60% of monitored UK butterfly species have declined, including the Duke of Burgundy, small blue and dingy skipper. But these rare butterflies can be found at The Wildlife Trust’s Totternhoe nature reserve in Bedfordshire, where we are managing habitat especially for them. They rely on chalk grassland to feed and breed, but in recent years the quality and quantity of grassland has reduced. It is essential that we restore and link together areas of chalk grassland. Please make a donation towards vital habitat restoration.

Avon

Creating A Wildlife Haven

Target: £120,000 

Please help Avon Wildlife Trust celebrate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015 by creating a wildlife haven at the gateway to the city.

This project will convert a neglected former sports facility in the Avon Gorge into a wildlife haven of wildflower meadows, native woodland, hedgerows and ponds.

South and West Wales

Save Our Seabirds

Target: £10,000
 

Recent record-breaking storms have caused massive mortality of birds wintering at sea around the south coast of Britain, including our Skomer and Skokholm birds.

Skomer and Skokholm offer a safe haven for many marine birds and our research needs to continue to enable us to understand how we can continue to safeguard these species in the future. 

Please help us raise funds to continue vital research in understanding and solving the problems our seabirds are facing.

Gloucestershire

Daneway Banks

Target £50,000

We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to secure one of Gloucestershire's most important grasslands.

We must raise £50,000 before May 2015 to secure one of Gloucestershire's most important habitats and safeguard a future for the large blue butterfly. 

Daneway Banks supports one of the largest known colonies of the threatened large blue butterfly.

 

Kent

Save Water Voles

Stop their decline
 

The water vole is a shy, secretive bank-dwelling creature. Despite their shyness they are true engineers of the riverbank. Unfortunately they are identified as the UK’s fastest declining mammal. Most of Kent’s water voles are found in the large areas of grazing marsh that we’re lucky enough to have in the county, but the decline here is equally as catastrophic.

There is an urgent need to help Kent Wildlife Trust continue to protect this extraordinary little mammal.

 Cumbria

You can protect nesting ospreys

Help to support ospreys at Cumbria Wildlife Trust

 

Please will you make a donation to protect the nesting ospreys at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve? This webcam allows you to see in full colour, live action from the nest at any time of day or night (as you can see, something very special). Why not share this experience?

The cameras also give better protection to these rare and majestic birds and to their eggs and chicks. Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve is free to visit and you are welcome to come along.

For the first time, last year the adult birds successfully raised three healthy chicks. Your donation will give them the best chance to safely do so again. Not just this year but for years to come. Thank you.
 

Sussex

Sussex Downs

 

Target: £40,000

For the past fifty years, the Sussex Wildlife Trust have been battling to bring back some of the lost wildlife to the South Downs. We want more and more people to return to the Downs, bringing their children, to once again enjoy the wildlife that flourishes here.

However, the work is expensive: machinery and tools, contractors, fencing materials, vets’ bills, livestock and animal husbandry - it all adds up.

Please help us to raise £40,000 to continue to fund this work for the next three years.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Landfill Communities Fund x10 Appeal

Target: £200,000 

Securing £200,000 will allow us to restore wetland habitats in and around Coventry, helping frogs, toads and newts that have declined dramatically in the region.

The funding will allow us to restore ancient hedgerows and woodlands in the Princethorpe area securing the future for the fragile wood white and white-letter hairstreak butterflies. We will also create and enhance habitat for water voles around Coventry and North Warwickshire.