Engaging young people across Dorset to play a role in preserving the natural environment was part of the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s ‘Help Our Dormouse Sleep Soundly’ campaign, which raised over £3,000.
Through education, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) aimed to inspire the next generation about the natural world, alongside funding vital conservation work to benefit dormouse habitat in Dorset.
To achieve this, it used the power of the crowd to fill the gaps in funding and continue to protect wildlife, habitat, and Dorset’s wild places.
Over 42 days, 85 backers passionate to see the project succeed and excited by the prospect of wildlife-related rewards, pledged to fill the short fall of £2,000.
Thanks to the unique partnership between Crowdfunder and Dorset County Council, the project was also awarded £1,000 of local government funding during the process.
The success of the project will enable Dorset Wildlife Trust to work with young people to arrange volunteering days focusing on hedgerow and woodland management. These events will lead to scout groups and local community groups taking part in dormouse surveys and laying new hedges to create and maintain habitat, allowing dormice to thrive.
But it was Dorset County Council’s partnership with Crowdfunder - #CrowdfundDorset that made the difference to this crucial project for Dorset’s wildlife.
The Council has £200,000 ring-fenced to fund inspired community projects which give young people places to go and things to do right across the county.
The Crowdfunder platform has allowed Dorset Wildlife Trust to access new channels of funding to allow it to continue its habitat management work across its nature reserves in Dorset.
DWT’s Area Manager for West Dorset, Sam Hamer, said, “This funding is vital in supporting the work of DWT as we continue to engage young people in the importance of hedgerow habitats and their management. Encouraging the younger generation to take ownership of their local wildlife sites is fundamental to securing the biodiversity of our county. We aim to support young people in the learning and use of practical skills as this is one of the best ways that young people are able to help in supporting our ongoing conservation work.”
Stuart Riddle, Dorset County Council, added: “Dorset County Council is committed to supporting social action and volunteering by young people – it benefits young people by helping them to develop skills and confidence, and the community benefits from their input. This is a great project which will help to protect Dorset’s unique landscape and wildlife, while giving young people a chance to acquire rural craft skills.”