As lockdown eases across England and society begins to cautiously open up, we have carefully restarted our engagement with members of the public. Our representatives of the Wildlife Trusts will be found in selected spaces that have been determined safe to operate in – such as on Trust-owned nature reserves, in local garden centres and in open or well-spaced farm shops and outdoor markets.
Guidance on the safe operation of membership recruitment has been developed and published by the Institute of Fundraising – the professional body representing fundraisers in England, and the Fundraising Regulator – the independent watchdog for the industry. Over the past few weeks these bodies have been working directly with government, to develop rules for the safe return of fundraising nationally in public places.
The Wildlife Trusts are now counting the true cost of how the pandemic has severely weakened charities, pushing many to the brink. Now more than ever, the work of our membership recruiters will be critical in helping to recover in the coming months, and to be able to deliver the vital conservation work across the county.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
The SWWFL team
South West Wildlife Fundraising Ltd (SWWFL) inspires members of the public to support their local Wildlife Trusts through membership and a regular donation.
We represent our eight owning Wildlife Trusts – Avon, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – to the public in face-to-face settings such as local venues, shows and events. Membership provides Wildlife Trusts with vital income and a strong voice to protect our threatened wildlife and influence public policy. Read more about us
- Work for SWWFL either as a membership recruiter or at our operations HQ in Exeter
- Support us by providing a venue or event at which we can attend
- Find out how to join your local Wildlife Trust at a venue or event near you
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- Sign-up to The Wildlife Trusts’ Wilder Future campaign and find out about simple actions you can take to make a difference for wildlife
Will you take action to save the most important creatures on the planet?
In the UK, our insect populations have suffered drastic declines, which are set to have far-reaching consequences for both wildlife and people.
With a third of our food crops pollinated by insects, and as many as 87% of our plants pollinated by animals (and in the majority by insects) there is a lot to lose. Much of our wildlife, be it birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals or fish, rely on insects for food. Without them, we risk the collapse of our natural world. However, it is not too late to act.
To showcase what is needed, The Wildlife Trusts commissioned a second report published in July 2020, Reversing the Decline of Insects, which looked at case studies around the UK that are working hard to bring back insects.
Help tackle this crisis today – Take Action for Insects!
“We must act now!”
In this short film made with The Wildlife Trusts, Sir David Attenborough calls for a Nature Recovery Network and explains why we need powerful new laws to ensure the UK’s wild places can thrive once more. It’s in response to the State of Nature partnership’s latest warnings of continued, devastating wildlife declines in the UK.
Sir David Attenborough says in the film: “A wildlife-rich natural world is vital for our wellbeing and survival…Nature is capable of extraordinary recovery but we must act now! Tell your politicians now is the time to put nature into recovery.” Click here to take action
Nature Recovery Network
A Nature Recovery Network is a critical part of the draft Environment Bill and something the Wildlife Trusts and their members have been calling for. It can inform decisions and guide investment to restore habitats and bring wildlife back.
Nature reserves alone are not enough for wildlife’s recovery. Too often we’ve seen wildlife forced into fewer and smaller pockets of wild space, surrounded by urban development or intensive agriculture.
To allow nature to recover, we need to reconnect the fragmented sites that remain – stitching back together Britain’s tattered natural fabric of wild land and creating more space for wildlife.
SWWFL is wholly owned by eight Wildlife Trusts across South and West England
Working together, we reduce our costs ensuring even more is raised to protect our wildlife and countryside.