Species Secret Santa

by Jack Roper in Cromford, Derbyshire, England

Species Secret Santa

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by December 24th 2018 at 6:00pm

50% of our wildlife is in decline. Be a Species Secret Santa and let's protect nature together this Christmas.

by Jack Roper in Cromford, Derbyshire, England

Ever given a hedgehog a hedge, an osprey an outlook or a bee a bed for Christmas? If not, it's probably because you've never been a Species Secret Santa before!

With 50% of wildlife in decline, this Christmas we're asking you to help build a #WilderDerbyshire by giving a gift to a bat, a bee or other brilliant species. It makes a great alternative present for a friend or family member, too!

We've made a list (and checked it twice) of some amazing species that need some help. 

So how does Species Secret Santa work?

1. Choose to be a Secret Santa to lapwing, hedgehog, bee, osprey, bat or toad. Can't decide? Click here to spin the Species Wheel then head back to this page to pick a gift.

2. Scroll down to find your species and pledge your gift; there's three pledges per species to choose from plus a few extra big gifts! 

3. Giving the gift of wildlife is a great alternative present for a friend or family member. Just select the 'It's a gift!' option when choosing your pledge and we'll get in touch to arrange the wild surprise with you!

4. Secret Santa works both ways remember, so once you've pledged a gift your wildlife will be in touch to let you know what the gift means, how it will help and perhaps even where you can catch up with each other in Derbyshire.

5. Feel awesome!

All gifts pledged to Species Secret Santa enables Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to do more for your wildlife, right now. This Christmas let's build toward a #WilderDerbyshire. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£350 or more

Outlook for an osprey - build it & they will come

This gift could help alleviate the housing crisis for ospreys in Derbyshire by providing the materials to build one full nesting platform. The only thing left to add would be the sticks, but the ospreys like to do the interior decorating themselves. As well as a Christmas card from Oz you'll be invited to the build of a new nesting platform or the vital housekeeping inspections of one of the existing platforms in Derbyshire!

£10 or more

Land for a lapwing

Help give the gift of an acre of wet grassland at our Erewash Meadows reserve! We know it costs around £10 a month to look after each acre and we also know your lapwing loves them! Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Lappy and find out where you can spot him in Derbyshire.

£10 or more

A hole for a hedgehog

Hedgehogs love holes...well, the kind they can squeeze through to get from one garden to the next. Give this gift and we'll tell you how a chap called Trevor at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is helping hedgehogs with holes across the county. Oh, you'll also get an e-Christmas Card from Hedgy which is just awesome.

£10 or more

A bed for a bee

Bees need beds too you know and we're making bug hotels with children, companies and communities all over the county. Give this gift and you're helping create amazing spaces for bees. One in every three mouthfuls of our food depend on pollinators like these guys so it's only right we give a little back. Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Buzz.

£10 or more

Outlook for an osprey - the nuts and bolts

Ospreys move through Derbyshire every year looking for the perfect outlook to call home and raise a family. We're building nesting platforms across the county and a gift of £10 will help provide the nuts and bolts for a new nest, literally, as well as the screws and staples. Look out for your e-Christmas Card.

£10 or more

A box for a bat

Names like noctule, natterer's and nathusius' aren't likely to make it into any Christmas carol but these bats are all partial to a well positioned box. Give this gift and we'll tell you how a chap called Trevor at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is helping bats across the county. Oh, you'll also get an e-Christmas Card from Batty which is just awesome.

£10 or more

An abode for a toad

What makes a toad abode? We survey ponds all over the county to understand just that and provide scruffy patches across our reserves for toadlets to hide. It costs around £10 a month to look after each toady acre on our reserves; so you'll be helping give the gift of a toad abode! Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Warty and find out where you can spot him in Derbyshire.

£30 or more

A lot of land for a lapwing

OK, you're unlikely to find lapwings on a football pitch but a £30 gift will help look after 3 acres (almost two Wembleys) of wet grassland across our reserves for a whole month! Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Lappy, learn an amazing lapwing fact and find out where you can spot him in Derbyshire.

£30 or more

A hedge for a hedgehog

It's not just a clever name. Hedges can act as strips of woodland edge, making them ideal foraging and shelter spots for our hedgehogs. This gift could help plant 6m of native hedge on a reserve, at a school, company or community site. Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Hedgy which includes some amazing hoggy facts and how a chap called Trevor is helping Derbyshire hedgehogs!

£30 or more

A bestie for a bee

Bee's need bestie's like Oli who works at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Oli explores all corners of the county surveying bees and other insects, getting know where they live and helping landowners manage areas with bees in mind. A true bee bestie. This gift helps equips Oli for a full day of surveying. Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Buzz (and his bestie!) and find out about an amazing spot for bees in Derbyshire.

£30 or more

A buddy for a bat

Bats need buddies like Libby who works at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Libby checks up on bats across the county, surveying roosts, getting to know where they live and helping developers work with bats in mind. A true bat buddy. This gift equips Libby for a full day of surveying. Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Batty (and his buddy!) and learn an amazing fact about bats!

£30 or more

Twickenham for a toad

Despite the appearance of a rugby players ear, toads aren't likely to be found on any try line but a £30 gift will help look after 3 acres (almost two Twickenham pitches) of toad habitat on our reserves for a whole month! Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Warty, learn a cool toad fact and find out where you can spot him in Derbyshire.

£30 or more

Outlook for an osprey - can I get a lift?

Did you know ospreys will nest 120 feet off the ground? Our nesting platforms aren't that big but they're pretty gigantic! A gift of £30 could provide a complete pulley to hoick up the nesting materials ready for the residents to move in. Look out for your e-Christmas Card from Oz and find out some amazing osprey facts!

£50 or more

A banquet for a bee

Did you know that a bee can visit up to 5,000 flowers a day? So how about laying on the banquet? A gift of £50 could help us sow 250 square meters of bee loving wildflower seeds! Look out for your Christmas Card from Batty, our batty edition Wild About Gardens booklet and Buzz Box including wildflower seeds of your own.

£50 or more

A town for a toad

Could you make Warty the mayor of his own town? A gift of £50 could help look after 5 acres (bigger than some towns in the world!) of toad habitat on our reserves for a whole month! Look out for your Christmas Card from Warty, find out where you can spot him in Derbyshire, receive our Go Wild for Worms edition of the Wild About Gardens booklet (toads love worms!) and Buzz Box including wildflower seeds!

£50 or more

Outlook for an osprey - make the bed, lie in it.

There's nothing like settling in to your own bed, especially when you've just migrated 5,000 miles! A gift of £50 could provide all the timbers and framing for one cosy nesting platform. Look out for your Christmas Card from Oz and a beautiful osprey pin badge!

£50 or more

A banquet for a bat

Did you know that a pipistrelle bat can eat over 3,000 midges a night? So how about laying on the banquet? A gift of £50 could help us sow 125 square meters of night-scented flowers that are great for nocturnal insects and, in-turn, bats! Look out for your Christmas Card from Batty, our batty edition Wild About Gardens booklet and Buzz Box including wildflower seeds!

£50 or more

A larder for a lapwing

Despite a beautifully crisp plumage, lapwings love taking lunch in the mud. A gift of £50 could equip a gang of volunteers for a day of reed pulling and mud creating tasks; perfect for a lapwing larder. Look out for your Christmas Card from Lappy, learn some amazing facts, find out where you can spot him in Derbyshire and receive our Buzz Box including wildflower seeds!

£50 or more

A hideout for a hedgehog

Hedgehogs are shy things and a good hideout is the perfect place to raise some hoglets. We love to build hedgehog hideouts with children at schools and our own Discovery Centres; it's a great way to get kids closer to nature. A £50 gift could help us build a number of hedgehog hideouts with Derbyshire children. Look out for your Christmas Card from Hedgy, our hedgehog edition Wild About Gardens booklet and Buzz Box including wildflower seeds!

£350 or more

A bunkhouse for bats

This gift could help alleviate the housing crisis for bats in Derbyshire by providing a box big enough for 180 bats that will last for decades. As well as a Christmas card from batty we'll invite you to one of our popular Beginners ID Wildlife Courses!


Let's make 'Species Secret Santa' happen