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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust launches £3 million appeal

 

Ambitious plan to bring wildlife back to Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. Ann Evans has the details.

 

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust launched a new fundraising appeal on 30th March to bring wildlife back to Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. This is the Trust’s most ambitious plan ever and reflects the urgent need to act now. The appeal goal is to raise £3 million and create a Nature Recovery Fund used to buy land.

This target has been set to support local action on the three biggest threats that our planet has ever faced: the ecological crisis, the climate crisis and the human health crisis, particularly the desperate disconnection of people with nature.

The Nature Recovery Fund will be used to buy land of low wildlife value, improve this land by restoring lost habitats and also reconnect people with nature. It will also help the Trust to help others do the same on their land and double the land managed for wildlife by 2030. In the past the focus was on saving special places, however this new land will be for the creation of new special places.

 

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Thanks to some substantial recent donations and legacies, the Trust already has £1.5 million in the Nature Recovery Fund. Their appeal aims to double this, to create a £3 million fund to bring back Warwickshire’s wildlife.

The average price of land in Warwickshire is approximately £10,000 per acre and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust needs to buy at a large enough scale to create new, connected habitats for local wildlife. Large or small, a donation will help to bring wildlife back. The Trust is asking local people to donate online today and be part of nature’s recovery on their doorstep: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/appeal

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) is one of the 45 UK Wildlife Trusts. Established in 1970 they are a grass roots organisation in every sense governed by 12 trustees elected from a membership of 24,000 people, 99% of whom live in the county, and supported by over 600 active volunteers. They manage an estate covering 1,000ha across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull and no one living or working in that area is more than 6 miles from one of their 67 nature reserves. More than 23,000 local children joined in their environmental education programme last year, and thousands more people went to the two visitor centres or took part in the Trust’s varied programme of events.

 

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Webinar on bringing wildlife back.

Local people can hear more about the fundraising appeal, why it is so important and the need to act now, by registering for the first in a series of webinars on the Nature Recovery Fund Appeal. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday 20th April 7.00pm and can be booked here: www.nature-recovery-fund-bwb.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information please visit: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

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