Dorset Wildlife Trust needs new supporters to: Say YES to wildlife!
Friday 24th February 2017
During the first week of March over 190,000 households in Dorset will receive a mailing about Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) new campaign ‘Say YES to wildlife’, to inspire and encourage new supporters to help DWT continue its conservation work protecting wildlife in Dorset.
The campaign follows the worrying State of Nature report which was published in September 2016, revealing that half of the UK’s native species are in decline, with 15% facing extinction.
DWT Director of Marketing and Fundraising, Alastair Cook, said, “The uncertainty of how nature and the environment will fare under Brexit and the ever-changing economic climate means that our only guaranteed income comes from the generosity of our fabulous supporters. It is now more important than ever that we continue, and in some areas, step up our conservation work, to help turn around the fortunes for wildlife locally. To do this we need to further increase our support from local people.”
Regular donations are making a positive difference to wildlife
Regular donations from supporters of DWT have enabled DWT to carry out conservation work on its 44 nature reserves in Dorset, where wildlife is already benefitting. For instance, in 2015/16, year two of our new butterfly transect at Bracketts Coppice nature reserve recorded an annual ‘index’ of 2,480 butterflies, up by 500 from the previous year.
Numbers of the endangered* marsh fritillary butterfly have increased on Powerstock Common nature reserve, after concerns their numbers were falling the year before, and DWT found they had spread into another area at the nearby Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve, where breeding has not occurred for some years.
Alastair continues, “We already know that many people in Dorset appreciate wildlife, and we often hear stories about their wildlife encounters, such as a seeing a hedgehog in their garden. But we need everyone to turn their love for wildlife into action, and help make a meaningful difference to wildlife in Dorset”
Please say YES to wildlife today...
In return for your support we’ll send you a guide to our nature reserves, information about events and you’ll receive regular copies of our Dorset Wildlife magazine, keeping you up to date on how your donations are helping save the wildlife we all love.
Notes to Editor
*The Marsh Fritillary butterfly is endangered in the UK and Europe.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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 26,500 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.
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