(Above) Red squirrel on Brownsea Island © Ian Loveland
Instead of the traditional red roses and box of chocolates for this Valentine’s Day, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has the perfect alternative present that really shows you care: adopting a red squirrel.
Around 200 red squirrels still survive on Brownsea Island, which is one of only two places these cute creatures can be found in Southern England. It is vital that their numbers continue to thrive.
See your contribution helping all year round
Fiona Samson, a member of DWT’s Fundraising Team said, “Red Squirrels are thriving on Brownsea Island because of the excellent habitat it provides they spend all day happily jumping from tree to tree, and scurrying around for food on the woodland floor, but this is only made possible by the hard work of DWT and National Trust staff and volunteers, who maintain the habitat for them. By adopting a red squirrel, your donation will help us continue to protect their habitat, and unlike a bunch of flowers, you will be able to see your contribution helping wildlife all year round.”
A unique and special gift
For a unique and special gift this Valentine’s Day, 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 page to order online, or phone 01305 264620.
Come and visit!
To see a red squirrel, Brownsea Island is open to visitors on weekends (10am 4pm) until 15th March, and will be open Monday-Sunday (10am - 5pm) from 21st March 1st November 2015.
Dorset Wildlife Trust has been working in partnership with the National Trust on Brownsea Island for over 50 years for the benefit of wildlife and enjoyment of people.
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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.