Today marks the launch of a new initiative created by Somerset Wildlife Trust which aims to deliver the necessary funds to safeguard the future of the county’s most precious wild places, and secure critical investment for the longer term protection of vulnerable iconic species and their fragile habitats in the face of the increasing impact of climate change.
The Somerset Nature Reserves Fund will provide vital funds for some of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s most urgent conservation projects distributed across the county, to include internationally important wetlands, rich grasslands and some of the county’s most diverse and precious woodlands.
Tim Youngs, Director of Land Management explains why the Fund is so important, and why he hopes that the people of Somerset will respond and give as much as they can:
“Our reserves have an extremely important part to play in providing essential areas of secure habitat where species under threat can not only survive, but thrive. They also act as stepping stones within the wider landscape to ensure that Somerset as a whole remains a county as rich in nature as it was in decades gone by.
“We simply don’t have the funds at present to restore priority habitats as quickly as we need to, or on a larger scale which would allow far greater movement of wildlife within and between our sites, which strengthens existing populations and enables new ones to establish themselves. We need additional funds to ensure that the successes we have achieved to date are future-proofed, and that we are able to build on them and fund important work in the future.”
The Somerset Nature Reserve Fund hopes, not only to garner support from existing Trust members and conservations enthusiasts, but from from the wider public who value their green spaces and understand and appreciate their value in their lives and for the next generation.
For more information on the Fund and some examples of where monies raised will be spent, please visit Somerset Wildlife Trust’s website: www.somersetwildlife.org
Any gift given to The Somerset Nature Reserves Fund will go directly to wherever the need is greatest on Somerset Wildlife nature reserves, ensuring that they are kept in the best possible condition to support wildlife and our conservation goals.
You can also donate securely by card on our website at somersetwildlife.org/reservesfund or by telephoning 01823 653429. Every donation, whatever the size, will make a difference.