The Wildlife Trusts are offering a gorgeous selection of gifts and wildlife-themed goodies to help people make greener choices this Christmas and raise funds for nature.
A page of inspiring ideas can be found here.
The charity have launched a 30 by 30 appeal to raise £30 million to put nature in recovery across at least 30% of land and sea, by 2030. This is in response to the climate crisis and devastating decline that nature is facing and follows a challenging year when many more people felt a renewed connection with - and sought solace in - the natural world.
The 46-strong movement of Wildlife Trusts aim to help nature recover from decades of decline and bring on-your-doorstep wildlife back into everybody’s lives.
Christmas star buys:
• The Wildlife Trusts’ eco-stockist Teemill clothing is available in a range of sizes and colours made with certified organic cotton and using renewable energy and low-cost technology.
- A Christmas beaver jumper with winter-long appeal – The Wildlife Trusts have been at the forefront of bringing back this charismatic creature that’s brilliant at restoring wetlands
- Beautiful animal t-shirt designs featuring puffin, otter, owls and insects as well as ‘save the bees’ and ‘wilder future’ campaign.
• Feed the birds all year long with food and stylish feeders from Vine House Farm — a conservation award winning enterprise which farms with wildlife in mind and a low carbon footprint thorugh selling their own and Uk sourced products.
• Give a gift donation to The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 by 30 appeal to put nature in recovery across 30% of our land and sea.
• Membership package or donations to local Trusts support projects and wildlife close to home and start from as little as £2 a month with family and children’s membership options available.
• Adopt an animal - beavers, red squirrels and owls, sea horses, dolphins and otters, money raised goes to helping important conservation work. Special gift box presentations featuring a certificate and soft toy are also available for some species.
A range of gifts from local Wildlife Trusts are also available online. Plastic free homeware, children’s’ toys, lunchboxes and flasks, jewellery and accessories. For the garden, there are insect bug barns, wildflower seeds, bird boxes and attractive bird feeders. All sales directly support the work of local Trusts caring for wild spaces and the creatures that live there:
• Wiltshire Wildlife Trust supplies beautiful kits for children to make your own 3D animals set, learn to stitch set, make your own cardboard bugs set, soft toys and Christmas cards.
• Suffolk Wildlife Trust have teamed up with Beadstorm designs and local artists to supply beautiful silver pendant jewellery and laser cut wooden decorations as well as earrings and necklaces.
• Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s online store includes a wide selection of wildlife homes and feeders, a plastic free range along with sustainably sourced homeware, kitchenware and children’s games. Gorgeous themed gift boxes to inspire are packed with ideas and items to help people make small changes in their lives. Yorkshire also stock British designed Original Duckhead umbrellas. Their delightful canopies are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles with wooden handles sourced from sustainable birch timber. The protective sleeves are also compostable.
• Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has a beautiful range of bird feeders, books, Chilly’s water bottles, locally made candles and beauty products such as clay masks and scrubs as well as Jewellery. Collect your own box of grass-fed beef from cows grazed on Derbyshire’s nature reserves.
• Worcestershire Wildlife Trust have created a gorgeous range of virtual gifts including a carpet of bluebells, home for dormice or flowers for the bees. You can also adopt a brown hare or barn owl. Money raised will directly support these wild places and fragile wildlife in need of our help.
• Send e-Christmas cards this year via Cumbria Wildlife Trust
The Wildlife Trusts’ director of campaigns and policy, Nikki Williams says:
“I’m hoping someone gives me a brilliant beaver jumper for Christmas – no other species has done so much to capture people’s hearts in 2020. This year the government granted the beavers living wild in Devon the right to remain after years of hard work by The Wildlife Trusts.
“All the funds raised by these wildlife gifts will go towards our ambitious 30-30-30 campaign to help nature fight back. People’s renewed connection with the natural world has shown to be incredibly important in all areas of our lives this year, which we hope will inspire greener gift choices this Christmas. We’ve gathered some beautiful ideas to help shop with our natural world in mind.”
The Wildlife Trusts, a movement of 46 local Trusts, were also hit hard by the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. Visitor centres and reserves had to close causing income for vital conservation work to drop, and many staff were furloughed. The easing of lockdown led to huge pressure on nature reserves from vandalism, anti-social behaviour and wildfires.