Date: 29 April
Cost of taking action: £/$/€ 4/month
In the UK, regional Wildlife Trusts protect our flora and fauna
Similar organisations exist in other countries too
For today’s action we would like you to investigate and consider joining your local Wildlife Trust. This article is based on the Wildlife Trusts in the UK but similar organisations exist in many countries around the world.
Joining a Wildlife Trusts demonstrates support, is a learning experience, and helps to fund their valuable work.
What is a Wildlife Trust?
Wildlife Trusts is a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, who believe that we need nature and nature needs us. Between them they have more than 850,000 members and over 35,000 volunteers.
Each Wildlife Trust is an independent charity formed by people getting together to make a positive difference to wildlife and future generations, starting where they live.
You can learn more about the movement and find your local Wildlife Trust at https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/about-us.
The Wildlife Trusts tell us …
For more than a century we have been saving wildlife and wild places, increasing people’s awareness and understanding of the natural world, and deepening people’s relationship with it.
We work on land and sea, from mountain tops to the seabed, from hidden valleys and coves to city streets. Wherever you are, Wildlife Trust people, places and projects are never far away, improving life for wildlife and people together, within communities of which we are a part.
We look after more than 2,300 nature reserves, covering 98,500 hectares, and operate more than 100 visitor and education centres in every part of the UK, on Alderney and the Isle of Man.
By working in partnership we can have a bigger impact for wildlife. Across the UK we work closely with schools, colleges and universities, with hundreds of farmers and landowners, fishermen and divers; with thousands of companies, big and small; with community groups and other environmental organisations; with lotteries, charitable trusts and foundations; with politicians from across the political spectrum; with local and national governments; and more.”
By becoming a Wildlife Trust member you will be helping to look after the wildlife and wild places in your area. You’ll get a regular membership magazine full of tips, ideas, events and walks. You’ll have opportunities to visit, volunteer, and to learn about your local environment and wildlife.
Why is this important?
Supporting organisations that protect our local ecosystems is crucial. The cost of joining this type of organisation is very low, especially if you look at family packages.
It is important for several reasons;
- membership fees directly support the work of your local trust
- the more we learn about our environment, the better we are likely to look after it
- educational opportunities, especially for your children
- meet and interact with like minded people
- get involved in volunteering and make a practical difference
- supporting your local trust gives them more leverage when it comes to protecting and campaigning for our wildlife
Please click through here to read about Wildlife Trusts, or search in your browser for similar organisations in your country if you are not in the UK. Join up, ideally as a family, and enjoy what you can learn and do as a result, knowing you are contributing to the protection of local species.