Dorset Wildlife Trust launches Crowdfunder to replace destroyed hut on nature reserve
Friday 27th April 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has launched a Crowdfunder to raise £4,000 to replace the 150 year-old ‘gangers’ ancient hut on its nature reserve, Powerstock Common, following a fire which was started deliberately on Friday 13th April.
An anonymous benefactor has kindly donated £1,000 to kick off the fundraising and is also offering a £1,000 reward for any information which leads to a conviction.
Powerstock Common is a 112-hectare nature reserve, with an historic disused railway line running through it. It has been managed by DWT since the 1970s. The hut, which was also a registered roost for bats, including the endangered Lesser Horseshoe, was used in former times as a basic shelter by the railway workers responsible for the maintenance of the rail lines.
The money raised through the Crowdfunder will allow DWT to replace the hut and ensure there is continued habitat for bats in a new structure, and also pay for specific conservation work such as surveying equipment to monitor bats in the area and manage their habitat.
The lesser horseshoe bat is one of the smallest in the UK. They use a variety of different roosts throughout the season, from roof spaces in old buildings in summer, to caves and cellars in winter. Many of their habitats have been lost through destruction or conversions of use over time. They are agile in their flight and their main prey species are crane flies.
DWT’s Nature Reserve Warden for West Dorset, Steve Masters said, “Lesser horseshoe bats are rare across their range in the UK which is restricted to the South and West. They are also sensitive to disturbance. The wet, wooded habitat on Powerstock Common is extremely important to them as a foraging area.”
DWT Supporter Development Officer, Jodi Hibbard said, “A lot of people locally have been shocked and saddened to hear about the fire on Powerstock Common and now we’re asking for your help for us to replace this lost habitat for bats. We have 8 weeks to raise £4,000 to help cover the cost of replacing the hut.”
To donate to the DWT Crowdfunder, visit our Crowfunder page before Friday 22nd May. Rewards for donations include a bat walk with our conservation officers and bat I.D guides.
For more information about the Powerstock Common nature reserve, our nature reserves page here.
Notes to Editor
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 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Marine Centre 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. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
Anonymous 29, Apr 2018 @ 08:33
I went to Crowdfunder to donate, but couldn't see how to gift aid my donation. Any other way to donate for this specific project?
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