Above: Beefayre - Bluebell & Wood Anemone Tea Lights © DWT
Below: Barn Owl Pink © Stephanie Carswell, Red Squirrel DWT Christmas card © Chris Moonie
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has just released its first winter catalogue, with a fantastic selection of gift ideas for Christmas, including cards, books, felting kits, candle sets and wildlife care products. 100% of the profits go straight back into vital wildlife conservation work in Dorset.
New products for this season include a selection of gifts such as hand and foot balm and candles, inspired by the plight of the honeybee by ‘Beefayre Gifts’, which are sourced ethically, using natural ingredients. Prices start from £6.50. For kids’ education gift ideas, the popular ‘The Gruffalo Nature Trail’ book (£4.99) is a fact-filled spotters’ guide, with stickers, outdoor games and creative activities to help children learn about the wild world around them.
Supporting a local business
DWT has also teamed up with local business, Hawthorne Handmade, to sell wildlife-themed needle felting kits. Stephanie Hawthorne said, “At Hawthorn Handmade we’ve always been passionate about our local Dorset countryside, and our needle felting kits are strongly inspired by the fauna we see on country walks, with foxes being my particular favourite! As a member, it has been a real delight to have the kits in the new DWT catalogue and online, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with a charity that is dedicated to protecting wildlife.”
The Perfect Gift for Wildlife Lovers
DWT gift membership for wildlife lovers is also just a click away in our online shop. This winter, we have launched our campaign to get more people outside in their gardens and ‘Make Wildlife Welcome’.
Our wildlife gardening starter pack, which includes a free book The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury (RRP £14.99) and a tin of Project Maya Seedball wildflower seeds (RRP £4.99) is the perfect place to start learning how to help threatened garden wildlife. The recipient of your gift will also receive Dorset Wildlife Trust membership for a year. Prices start from £36 for a year subscription. Click here for gift membership details.
Popular Christmas Cards
The popular DWT wildlife and landscape Christmas card collection is also in the online store and catalogue, with some stunning scenes from Abbotsbury in Dorset, and iconic wildlife images of red kite’s and red squirrels in the snow. These photos are taken by professional photographers, who haven’t charged for their images so DWT can put all the profits back into looking after wildlife in Dorset.
Adopt a red squirrel this Christmas
Another idea for a quirky gift, is to adopt a red squirrel on Brownsea Island this Christmas. The adoption scheme allows wildlife lovers to know they are directly helping a threatened species in Dorset. Brownsea Island provides one of only two homes to the native red squirrel in Southern England, so it is vital that the management of their habitat continues. There are about 200 red squirrels living on the island, so there's also the opportunity to visit and spot a red squirrel yourself after the island re-opens in February 2015.
You can adopt Hazel, Rusty, Elinore, Sparky or Flick 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.
Visit our adoption webpage to order online, or phone 01305 264620. To receive your adoption pack in time for Christmas, please order before 13th December 2014.
Browse the online shop
The winter catalogue has been sent out to 25,500 DWT members, and is available in all our Centres* you can also browse the online shop here.
Notes to Editor
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH Phone 01305 816546.
Fine Foundation Purbeck Marine Wildlife Centre, Kimmeridge - SY 909787. Take the A351 from Wareham to Corfe Castle & the first turn right to Creech. Follow road to the top of a steep hill & round a hairbend bend signposted to Church Knowle. Approx. 2 miles on, turn right to Kimmeridge. Drive through village to toll booth. Parking fee payable to Smedmore Estate. Phone 01929 481044.
Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre The Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland on the A354, post code DT4 9XE. Phone 01305 206191.
The Villa at Brownsea Island Nature Reserve - Map ref. SZ 028878. No road access. Public ferries run daily to the island from Sandbanks from 10am March - November, check for details. Also, ferries from Poole Quay & Bournemouth Pier. Access to the reserve is 150m from the National Trust Quay on the island. Phone 01202 709445.
Brooklands Farm (HQ) Forston, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AA, phone 01305 264620.
Urban Wildlife Centre Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, BH21 3RX. Phone 01202 692033.
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 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.