Adopt a grazing animal

Common Dartmoor ponies (Image: Elizabeth Dack)

Wet grasslands are home to an array of wildlife, including many nationally important species. As such they must be managed correctly in order to retain their natural diversity and prevent them from becoming overgrown. This takes time and can be costly, but through your sponsorship of a grazing animal, we are able to continue using livestock as part of our conservation grazing programme to protect these special habitats for the future.

Sponsor a Konik Pony with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Price: £20
What you'll receive: A certificate, small gift and car sticker as well as an update on the ponies.
Additional: The Trust's two hardy Konik ponies graze their wetland reserves in the Trent Valley, including Golden Brook Storage Lagoon, Willington Gravel Pits and Hilton Gravel Pits. This semi-wild breed comes from Poland and they are well-adapted to grazing wetlands. £20 a year sponsorship helps Derbyshire Wildlife Trust cover the costs of looking after them including vets’ bills and transportation. 
Contact info: 01773 881188

Sponsor a flying flock of sheep with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Price: £30
What you'll receive: Select breed of your choice, Certificate, Cuddly Sheep, Twice-yearly newsletter
Additional: The Trust's flying flock of hardy breeds graze some of their harder to manage reserves – they help create good conditions for wildflowers and on wetland sites keep the grass short enough for ducks to graze. The sheep are currently in two flocks – one at The Avenue Washlands and Carr Vale in the north east of the county and the other at Willington Gravel Pits and Hilton Gravel Pits in the south.
Contact info: 01773 881188

Adopt a Longhorn Cattle with Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Price: £25
What you'll receive: Welcome letter, thank you certificate, 4-page colour factfile, postcard. exclusive car sticker, cuddly toy or book, stickers and extra fun things for youngsters! All presented in a box, so it's easy to wrap!
Additional: The Trust's Longhorn cattle are at the heart of their Living Landscape schemes, and at last count the Trust had one of the largest herds of these traditional native breed cattle in the country. These 'living lawnmowers' do a perfect job grazing more than a dozen of their nature reserves, helping to restore species-rich meadows for bees and butterflies and keeping floodplain grazing marshes just right for birds like lapwings, snipe and skylarks. They're pretty friendly too!
Contact info: 01948 820728

Sponsor a Konik Pony with Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Price: £20 
What you'll receive: Personalised sponsorship certificate, Konik pony fact sheet, a beautiful colour photograph and a letter introducing you to the Wildlife Trust.
Additional: Help the Trust to continue their vital grazing programme by sponsoring one of our living lawnmowers. The Trust use konik ponies amongst other beasts to keep their grasslands in good condition for wildflowers, breeding birds and a whole host of other wildlife.


Sponsor Highland Cattle with Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Price: £15 
What you'll receive: Personalised sponsorship certificate, Highland cattle fact sheet, a beautiful colour photograph and a letter introducing you to the Wildlife Trust.
Additional: These lovely ladies are part of the Trust's vital grazing programme and fondly referred to as 'living lawnmowers'. They are currently doing vital conservation work munching away at Thorley Wash - one of the Trust's valuable wetland nature reserves and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) noted for its botanical diversity.

Sponsor a Highand cow with Kent Wildlife Trust

Price: £30
What you'll receive: The choice out of three beautiful gift cards.
Additional: Highland cows are big, hairy, have large horns and are perfect for grazing some of Kent Wildlife Trust reserves. Using grazing animals can be much more effective than using tools and machinery and is of much greater benefit to the wildlife that lives there. Using cows to manage our reserves helps to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fuel and transport needed if this work were to be done by humans.A gift of £30 will help to take care of one of the Trust's hardy grazing managers for a whole year.

Sponsor a Shetland sheep with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Price: £20
What you'll receive: Personalised certificate, beautifully illustrated factsheet
wooden NWT keyring, and information about the work of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and their reserves. 


 

Sponsor a Dartmoor pony with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Price: £20
What you'll receive: Personalised certificate, beautifully illustrated factsheet, wooden NWT keyring, information about the work of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and visiting our reserves.
Contact: Call 01603 625540

Sponsor a Herdwick sheep with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Price: £20
What you'll receive: A certificate of sponsorship, keepsake picture of your sheep and an exclusive jute bag. 
Additional: Having grazed for hundreds of years on the highest of England's mountains the breed is often said to be the hardiest of Britain's hill sheep. The majority of all Herdwicks are found within a single region of Cumbria, putting the breed at severe risk during outbreaks of disease. By maintaining a breeding flock of ewes, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are helping to reduce this threat. Herdwicks are great characters with white faces and legs. Lambs are born black but after a year they lighten to a dark brown colour, which later lightens to grey after their first shearing.
Contact info: (01380) 725670

Sponsor Dexter cattle with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Price: £25
What you'll receive: A certificate of sponsorship, keepsake picture of your Dexter and an exclusive jute bag.
Additional: Because of their small size and resilient nature, Dexters are ideal for grazing chalk grassland sites. They do not damage the fragile soils as larger breeds might and navigate the steep slopes with ease. Dexters can over-winter outside, withstanding rain, wind and snow.
Contact info: (01380) 725670

Sponsor a Belted Galloway with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Price: £25
What you'll receive: A certificate of sponsorship, keepsake picture of your Belted Galloway and an exclusive jute bag.
Additional: While not as small as a Dexter, Galloways are generally lighter on their feet than commercial breeds. This reduces the likelihood of them trampling wet ground into mud. This is particularly important because the Galloways graze our wildflower-rich hay meadows that frequently flood in winter.
Contact info: (01380) 725670

Sponsor an Aberdeen Angus with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Price: £25
What you'll receive: A certificate of sponsorship, keepsake picture of your Aberdeen Angus and an exclusive jute bag.
Additional: The breed is naturally polled which means they do not have horns. They are often used for cross breeding to produce calves which are naturally dehorned. Aberdeen Angus cattle are of a medium-sized build, similar to the belted Galloway and are used to graze our hay meadows.
Contact info: (01380) 725670