Dorset Wildlife Trust launches new Seahorse Adoption Scheme at County Show
Wednesday 24th August 2016
To boost local marine conservation work, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) will be launching its new Seahorse Adoption scheme at the 2016 County Show on 3rd and 4th September 2016.
The new Adoption scheme comes after it has been identified that marine wildlife in Dorset is struggling. In response to this, DWT has launched the Dorset Marine Conservation Fund to try and help increase marine conservation work and protect vulnerable species, such as the enigmatic seahorse. All profits from seahorse adoptions will go towards the Dorset Marine Conservation Fund.
Adopt a seahorse for a one-off donation of £20
For a one-off donation of £20 as a gift to yourself, or someone special, adopters will receive a certificate, seahorse fact sheet, marine conservation leaflet, a pin badge and a soft toy seahorse.
Ecosystems which support the seahorse population are in decline
DWT Living Seas Manager, Peter Tinsley said, “Like many marine habitats, ecosystems which support the seahorse population are in decline, due to pollution, unsustainable fishing and climate change. By adopting a seahorse, your donation will help provide the vital funding required to secure a brighter future for our seas, which can then be enjoyed for many generations to come.”
Dorset is home to both species of seahorse found in the UK; the short-snouted seahorse and the spiny seahorse.
First 10 people to adopt at the Dorset County Show will get a free book
The first 10 people on each day of the County Show to adopt a seahorse will receive a free *Concise Seashore Wildlife Guide. Visit stand number 02 in the countryside area, where DWT will have displays about marine wildlife, marine litter and how you can help reduce it, and also how to make your garden wildlife friendly. There will also be the opportunity to become a member of DWT and chat to our wardens about wildlife where you live and the work we do in Dorset.
Dorset County Show: Delighted DWT has chosen this time to launch the adoption scheme
Communications Manager for the Dorset County Show, Tony McDougal said, "I am delighted that Dorset Wildlife Trust has chosen the Dorset County Show to launch its important Seahorse Adoption scheme. Dorset has a fabulous marine environment and it is vital that we all protect and enhance conditions for our endangered coastal species."
How to adopt a seahorse
The County Show is on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September from 9am – 5pm at Dorchester Show Ground, approximately one mile from Dorchester town centre, DT2 7SD.
*Bloomsbury Concise Seashore Wildlife Guide includes accurate artwork of over 180 seashore inhabitants including seaweeds, sea-anemones, molluscs, crustaceans, starfishes and rock-pool fishes. It also includes essential details on ID, habitat and behaviour and a fold out insert featuring at-a-glance comparisons between similar species. RRP £4.99.
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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