Wild Finca

by Wild Finca in Asturias, Spain

We did it
On 31st October 2020 we successfully raised £21,717 with 557 supporters in 14 days

Wild Finca are looking to raise funds to protect agricultural land from overgrazing, pesticide/herbicide use & future development.

by Wild Finca in Asturias, Spain

A Wild Finca update

Firstly, wow. Thank you so much to all of your incredible donations, it means the world to us. Our vision for the whole project is to not only create a natural oasis, but to inspire people to connect with nature and seeing this support just reinforces our vision that there are so many like-minded folk out there. 

We have had a few questions regarding the funding. The main one being, as it is flexible funding, you keep the raised amount no matter what figure is raised, what does this mean if you don't hit £20,000?

First off, it looks like we are on our way to raising 50% by the Saturday deadline, so that means we can certainly purchase one of the plots immediately. However, after long discussions with the landowner last week and thanks to your incredible support we have 'unofficially' secured the whole area for sale. Locally, it is quite old fashioned and, if you verbally agree it means it is as good as a written contract. 

With the crowdfunded money we can use this as a deposit of sorts, and it means there is less of a rush (the original 2 week window) and shows our intent to the seller. This allows us to apply for grants, and worst case scenario a bank loan - already the amount raised reduces a lot of financial pressure on us to secure a loan and for that we are incredibly grateful to you all. 

First and foremost we want to see this land protected, we want to start fencing off areas from grazing animals (wild and domesticated) to create areas of thick scrub in time for the arrival of our spring migrants in 2021, most notably the red backed shrike. What a surprise they will come back to in mid-May!

We will be erecting a barn owl box over the rough grassland in the hope we attract one of the local barn owls, and we will be planting a series of fruit and nut trees along one boundary in the hope this section becomes a stroll-in diner for Cantabrian brown bears one day.

All of this would not be possible without your amazing donations but also your shares, retweets and word-of-mouth. We cannot wait to show people this little wild space.


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Glowworm

Wild Finca is home to glow worms, on their own they might not shine the brightest light, but since we took on Wild Finca their numbers are growing and they pepper the land like fairy lights. Your pledge will help hugely and for it we will add you to a mailing list where we will give monthly updates on the goings on at Wild Finca, photos, mini films and snippets of the nature that calls here home.

£10 or more

Seoanei Viper

Wild Finca is home to the endemic Seoanei's viper, a stunning snake that forms an important part of the ecosystem. For your kind donation we will add you to our mailing list for monthly updates PLUS access to a photo of Wild Finca to be used as screensavers/wallpapers for your phone or computer.

£50 or more

Genet

We have captured Genet on our camera trap here at Wild Finca. These amazing critters were introduced to Spain in 700AD by the Moors as rat catchers and have now spread across Spain. You will receive all of the previous perks PLUS a postcard with a personalised message from us at Wild Finca.

£100 or more

Red-backed Shrike

Wow! Thanks for being so generous. For this we would love to send you an A3 print of Wild Finca in all its glory. Plus you will get added to our mailing list for monthly updates on the project.

£500 or more

Egyptian Vulture

Wild Finca hosts a pair of Egyptian vultures each spring and summer when they migrate north after spending the winter in Africa. So for your amazing gesture we would love to host you for a dinner here at Wild Finca, a tour of the project and a day out in the nearby Picos de Europa National Park to see what we can find. This reward will be available for the next 24 months (taking into account the current Covid restrictions).

£2,000 or more

Golden Eagle

Every now and again the resident Wild Finca corvids go crazy and a shadow passes overhead, we are privileged to welcome golden eagles as visitors to Wild Finca. This is an incredible gift from you to nature and for that we will offer you all the previous perks PLUS we will plant a tree of your choice (from a selection of native species) and place a plaque with your name (or someone dear to you) alongside it.

£5,000 or more

Brown Bear

One day we hope to welcome brown bears to Wild Finca, we've already began planting more fruit & nut trees in preparation. With this incredible pledge, it will secure the future of Wild Finca. For this we will give you all the previous perks PLUS the opportunity to name a segment of Wild Finca something of your choosing and we shall place a picnic bench with plaque there. This will go on to a map that we are creating of Wild Finca.

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