Will for Wildlife Week 17 - 21 October 2011
From cuckoos to curlews to chalk streams, gifts in wills can help protect some of the most precious species and habitats. During Will for Wildlife Week, from Monday 17th to Friday 21st October, The Wildlife Trusts are encouraging wildlife-lovers to leave a legacy that will help protect nature for future generations.
The Wildlife Trusts work to protect our species and habitats that are under threat and gifts in wills, of any size, can help with this work. A recent legacy received by Dorset Wildlife Trust helped to buy Taylor’s Plot, an important addition to Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and home to rare marsh fritillary butterflies. Someone who remembers their local Wildlife Trust in their will could help to create a new nature reserve for wild creatures to colonise and for people to enjoy, help with work to protect a specific species or support work to educate and empower local communities to take action for wildlife.
A very special gift
Sir David Attenborough, Vice-President of The Wildlife Trusts and Patron of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary, said: “A legacy to your local Wildlife Trust is a very special gift that can do remarkable things to help the wildlife treasures on your doorstep. Please, consider remembering The Wildlife Trusts in your will.”
Imogen Davenport, Director of Conservation at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “We are very grateful for legacies such as this, which allowed us to take on such a wildlife-rich meadow in west Dorset. This year we have already found evidence of marsh fritillaries breeding on Taylor’s Plot and we are working to encourage the continued success of this rare species.”
For more information about leaving a legacy for wildlife, ring 01305 264620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information please contact Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.
Marsh Fritillary butterfly by Ken Dolbear
Taylor's Plot, Kingcombe Meadows, West Dorset by Dorset Wildlife Trust
Sir David Attenborough by John Davis Butterfly Conservation