Show some love this Valentine's: Adopt a red squirrel
Thursday 4th February 2016
(Above) Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island © Monique Vanstone
This year Dorset’s largest conservation charity, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), is asking members of the public to show their love by adopting a red squirrel for Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s for a loved one, or a gift to wildlife, this is a present that shows you really care.
The adoption scheme is designed to help ensure that the red squirrels living on Brownsea Island in Dorset continue to thrive, through proper habitat management. Around 200 red squirrels still survive on Brownsea Island, which is one of only two places these creatures can be found in Southern England. It is therefore vital that their numbers continue to thrive.
You will see your contribution helping all year round
Fiona Sansom, a member of DWT’s Fundraising Team said, “Red Squirrels are thriving on Brownsea Island because of the excellent habitat it provides – they spend all day happily jumping from tree to tree, and scurrying around for food on the woodland floor, but this is only made possible by the hard work of DWT and National Trust staff and volunteers, who maintain the habitat for them. By adopting a red squirrel, your donation will help us continue to protect their habitat, and unlike a box of chocolates, you will be able to see your contribution helping wildlife all year round.”
Adopt a red squirrel for £20
For a unique and special gift this Valentine’s Day, you can adopt a red squirrel 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.
Order online or by phone
You can order online, or phone 01305 264620, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
Want to visit? Here's Brownsea Island's opening hours:
For the chance to see a red squirrel, Brownsea Island is open for winter weekends from Saturday 6th February – Sunday 13th March from 10am – 4pm. Full opening hours (10am – 5pm daily) start from Saturday 19th March until 1st November 2016.
Dorset Wildlife Trust manages 101 ha (256 acres) of Brownsea Island and has been working in partnership with the National Trust for over 50 years to ensure the Island is managed for the benefit of wildlife and enjoyment of people.
Find out more about Brownsea Island on our reserve page here.
Notes for Editors
Online Shop information - FREE delivery for orders over £45. Standard UK delivery £4.95. £10 min. order value. No delivery outside of UK mainland.Query? Call us on 01305 264620 9-5pm Mon-Fri. 100% of profit helps Dorset's wildlife and wild places.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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.
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