(Above) Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island © Steve Davis (Below) Red Squirrel © Phyll England
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is appealing for more red squirrel adoptions, to help fund essential maintenance work on Brownsea Island and protect their habitat for another year.
The adoption scheme allows wildlife lovers to know they are directly helping a threatened species in Dorset. Brownsea Island provides one of only two homes to the native red squirrel in Southern England*, so it is vital that the management of their habitat continues.
We need help from the public
DWT’s Brownsea Island Manager, Chris Thain said, “There are around 200 red squirrels on the island, and our work in partnership with the National Trust has enabled the population to thrive. But we need help from the public so we can continue to provide ideal conditions for the reds to live in. The adoption scheme is a wonderful way for people to learn more about red squirrels and help them, and there’s the bonus that visitors can come to the island and see the red squirrels living in their natural habitat.”
Red Squirrels are an iconic species on Brownsea Island
Chris continues: “Although shy, red squirrels can be seen during the day in autumn particularly, jumping from tree to tree, searching for and burying food on the woodland floor. They are an iconic species for Brownsea Island, capturing the hearts of DWT and National Trust staff, volunteers and visitors alike.
A unique gift for a loved one this Christmas
For a unique and special gift this Christmas, you can adopt Hazel, Rusty, Elinore, Sparky or Flick for £20 a year, and receive an adoption pack including a personalised adoption certificate, red squirrel photograph, fact sheet, updates from our Brownsea Warden, and a soft toy red squirrel.
Visit our red squirrel adoption page to order online, or phone 01305 264620. To receive your adoption pack in time for Christmas, please order before 13th December 2014.
Dorset Wildlife Trust has been working in partnership with the National Trust on Brownsea Island for over 50 years for the benefit of wildlife and enjoyment of people.
Notes to Editor
*Red squirrels also live on the Isle of Wight.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.