Fall in love with a wildlife adoption this Valentine's Day
Monday 30th January 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has the perfect alternative gift for Valentine’s Day this year with its red squirrel and seahorse adoption packs. For just £20 each, this is an ideal gift for a wildlife lover who will cherish the gifts inside the pack, and it also helps wildlife at the same time.
The popular red squirrel adoption scheme has been running for over 20 years, and proceeds go towards ensuring that the habitat on Brownsea Island* in Dorset is maintained to support a population of 200 red squirrels. The island is one of only a few places in Southern England where these enigmatic animals can be found. The woodland provides the perfect habitat for them, and visitors are often able to see them jumping from tree to tree and searching for nuts on the woodland floor.
Seahorses need support too - but they are largely unseen
The equally loveable but less visible seahorse also captures the hearts of many people and is one of the most recognisable species of marine wildlife in the UK. A big part of the struggle to protect Dorset’s marine habitats to support species such as seahorses, is that they are largely unseen. Donations from the seahorse adoption scheme will go straight into the Marine Conservation Fund, which specifically focuses on protecting our unseen marine world for the benefit of our seahorses and other marine wildlife who need good habitat to survive.
Declare your love for wildlife!
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn said, “If you feel like you are buying the same gifts for your loved one each Valentine’s Day, then this is the year to try something different. The recipient will receive a box of goodies they can treasure, safe in the knowledge that your donation is making a difference to wildlife in Dorset. Make this Valentine’s Day the year you declare your love for wildlife!”
Each adoption pack is £20 and here's what you'll get...
Each adoption pack is £20. The red squirrel adoption pack, sponsored by John Lewis, includes: adoption certificate, red squirrel photograph, a pin badge, a fact sheet, an update from the DWT Brownsea Island warden and a soft toy red squirrel.
The seahorse adoption pack includes an adoption certificate, seahorse facts leaflet, a pin badge, a leaflet about marine protection in Dorset and a soft toy seahorse.
To order you pack today, visit our online shop or call DWT on 01305 264620, 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.
Notes to Editor
* Dorset Wildlife Trust manages 101 ha (256 acres) of Brownsea Island and has been working in partnership with the National Trust for over 50 years to ensure the Island is managed for the benefit of wildlife and enjoyment of people.
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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