Conservation work to protect red squirrels is to receive continued support from John Lewis Partnership. The retailer has agreed to sponsor the red squirrel adoption scheme run by Dorset Wildlife Trust to help fund vital habitat work on Brownsea Island, where the rare native mammals survive.
DWT devised their adoption scheme so that nature lovers could directly help to fund the important management of the woodland habitat for the benefit of red squirrels
The islands of Poole Harbour shelter the last remaining red squirrels in Dorset and this population is one of only two in southern England, the other being on the Isle of Wight. Dorset Wildlife Trust manages just under half of the National Trust owned island, where red squirrels have managed to persist thanks to the absence of the North American grey squirrels. DWT devised their adoption scheme so that nature lovers could directly help to fund the important management of the woodland habitat for the benefit of red squirrels and it has proved a popular gift for loved ones, especially at Christmas.
It’s as important as ever that we manage the woodlands to provide enough food for red squirrels.
The John Lewis Partnership, which leases Brownsea Castle for use as a holiday hotel for Partners (staff), has agreed to sponsor the adoption scheme for the fourth year running, meaning that all the money from adoptions can go straight to helping these rare animals.
Abigail Gibbs, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Brownsea Island reserve warden, said: “The wet summer this year has meant that some trees, such as the sweet chestnut, have had a poor fruiting year, so it’s as important as ever that we manage the woodlands to provide enough food for red squirrels throughout the year.”
Duncan Fisher, Manager of Brownsea Castle, said: “We are pleased to once again support a very worthwhile cause and help to conserve red squirrels and their natural habitat. I wish the Dorset Wildlife Trust continued success with their project.”
You can adopt a Brownsea red squirrel for £18 for a year, and you will receive an adoption certificate and photo, badge, fact sheet, cuddly red squirrel and a Beatrix Potter Squirrel Nutkin book or The Red Squirrel by Jessica Holm. For more information or to adopt a red squirrel, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/adoptions or ring 01305 264620.
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For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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.