With the support of 27,000 members, DWT manages and protects 42 nature reserves across the county, runs 5 visitor centres and works to stand up for wildlife, both on-land and in the sea. One of the ways DWT does this is by commenting on planning applications. During 2018/19, 100 planning applications were responded to to ensure wildlife isn’t damaged during development.
During the last year, other highlights included finding Dormice on the Nunnery Mead nature reserve for the first time, celebrating the designation of 6 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ’s) in Dorset, and gaining volunteer support to provide 1,640 days of work completed on DWT nature reserves in Dorset.
DWT Supporter Care Manager, James Haldane, said, “Support from regular donations by DWT’s members is vital for us to continue conservation work in Dorset. It’s our only reliable source of income, and we’re keen to grow membership even more in 2020 to help give wildlife a fighting chance during the current ecological crisis. Dorset has lost 20% of our bee species, four species of butterfly and 2.5% of all species ever recorded in the county. Sadly, this reflects the situation nationally, but we want to be the first county to really turn things around for wildlife, and we can’t do this without our members.”
This offer is valid from 2nd - 31st January 2020. A year’s membership will start from £18 for individual membership (was £36), £21 for joint membership (was £42) and family membership £24 (was £48).
Other benefits to becoming a member of DWT include receiving the Dorset Wildlife Magazine, Dorset Wildlife and events guide three times a year, a guide to all our nature reserves in Dorset, a car sticker, sign up to e-newsletters with wildlife news and information. If you purchase a family membership**, children will also become part of the Wildlife Watch community and receive a Wildlife Watch handbook, 4 issues of the Wildlife Watch magazine a year, stickers, a badge and an A2 poster.
To sign up for half price membership from with Dorset Wildlife Trust, click here.
To find out more about Dorset Wildlife Trust, what we stand for and how we utilise the support from our members, click here.