Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was set up in 1962 to protect the natural environment. Since then, the Trust has grown to become one of the UK’s leading environmental charities, creating a sustainable future for wildlife and people.
As threats to the natural world continue to impact on the county’s wildlife we believe a bold approach is needed to tackle the causes of nature’s decline before it is too late. This is why we need your help, to empower us to tackle the issues faced from habitat loss and conserve the species which bring the Wiltshire countryside to life, for generations to come.
Once widespread across Wiltshire, our wildflower meadows have suffered a catastrophic decline, part of a nationwide loss of 97% of wildflower meadows in the UK since the 1930’s. This has had a detrimental impact on wildlife, with 41% of insects in Britain now threatened with extinction. These include essential pollinator species such as bumblebees and butterflies, with a 46% decline in the UK’s butterflies between 1976 and 2017. Considering three quarters of our crops require pollination by insects, the loss of these species would have an impact on our own health and wellbeing, too. Can you imagine a countryside void of life and colour?
We can’t either. This is why we are asking for donations to Grow Wild in Wiltshire. We want to see the widespread return of wildflower meadow habitats in the county, adding to Wiltshire’s nature recovery network and bringing vital life and colours back into the countryside.
With your generous donation, we will be able to plant more meadow habitats across our network of nature reserves, and continue to manage and restore our existing ones for the benefit of both wildlife and people. Your donation would:
- Support the brush harvesting of wildflower seed from Clattinger Meadow, which will then be used to plant new wildflower meadows across our reserves.
- Support the monitoring of our wildflower-rich sites
- Introduce wildflowers such as bluebells, wood anemone, woodruff, primrose and honeysuckle to our reserve at Penn Wood, an otherwise isolated site.
- Seed harvest and plant more devils-bit scabious at Ravensroost Meadow.
For supporting this Crowdfunder, and as a thank you, a pledge of £10 will enable you attract more buzzing bees to your area with a pack of seeds to get you started. At £25 we’ll provide an extra wildlife gardening leaflet and your very own butterfly ID guide too.
Help us to Grow Wild in Wiltshire – please pledge your support today!