Adopt a red squirrel and help Dorset Wildlife Trust celebrate red squirrel week
Friday 14th September 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is promoting its red squirrel adoption scheme to celebrate national red squirrel awareness week from Monday 24th September - Sunday 30th September.
In Dorset we are lucky enough to have a strong-hold of this now endangered native species, with a population of over 200 red squirrels residing on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, which is one of only two places in the South of England where they continue to survive.
Conservation work to maintain the red squirrels’ habitat takes place on Brownsea Island all year round. The red squirrel adoption scheme helps allows Dorset Wildlife Trust to carry out vital conservation work and habitat management on the DWT Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, to help safe-guard the red squirrels on the island for many years to come.
Dorset Wildlife Trust Communications Officer Sally Welbourn said, “This time of year, red squirrels are foraging on the woodland floor for food to support them and their young through winter, so the chance of getting an up-close sighting of them on Brownsea Island is high during September and October. If you visit, look out for the adoption packs in the Villa visitor centre, or you can order one online for just £20. Not only is it a great gift, but it’s a great way to support conservation work to look after these interesting and endangered creatures.”
The red squirrel adoption pack costs £20 and includes a certificate, red squirrel photograph, pin badge, facts about red squirrels, an update from our Brownsea Warden and a red squirrel soft toy. Visit here to adopt your red squirrel.
Brownsea Island is open every day for visiting until Sunday 28th October. For more information about visiting the DWT Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, click here. Brownsea Island is owned by The National Trust and DWT manages half the island as a nature reserve.
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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 Wild Seas 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.
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