In 2020 we ran our short readership survey and every completed survey went towards sponsoring plants with former featured charity Plantlife or birds with the Wildlife Trusts, offering you the choice as to which you'd pick. The results were evenly split: 50.7% for birds with the Wildlife Trusts and 49.2% for plants with Plantlife. Details of the resulting adoptions / sponsorships are below.
Mistletoe is found scattered across the southern half of the UK on the branches of trees, mainly those in the rose family, such as apple, pear and hawthorn; its heartland is in Somerset and counties on the England/Wales border. From kissing traditions at Christmas to ancient fertility rites, mistletoe has long been regarded as a magical plant.
We chose mistletoe because we were making the selections at Christmas and seemed very fitting.
Juniper is most frequent in Scotland, where it can be common in upland areas and down to sea level in the northwest. It also occurs in upland parts of northern England and Wales, especially the Lake District and Snowdonia, and in central southern England where it grows on chalk and limestone.
One for the gin lovers in the office!
Wild flowers, plants and fungi are the life support for all our wildlife and their colour and character light up our landscapes. But without our help, this priceless natural heritage is in danger of being lost. As a small charity, each and every one of our members makes a big difference. If you are not already a Plantlife member, please consider joining us today - we'd love to have you on board.
This is a North Wales Wildlife Trust project to try and help struggling swift populations. The Trust aims to do this by a) raising awareness and gathering information on swift colonies, b) installing special swift nest boxes on suitable buildings in the area, and c) inspiring volunteers and ‘swift champions’ in local communities.
Not all buildings are suitable for a swift box but by helping to sponsor a box you can still help.
We chose the swift because there's nothing so evocative of summer as the sound of swifts screaming and whilst we're fortunate enough to have a healthy population not everyone gets to experience the joy of the avian Red Arrows.
You can sponsor your own swift box (or other species) with the North Wales Wildlife Trust here.
The song thrush, once a familiar songbird, has sadly declined by 49% in woodlands and by 73% in farmlands. By sponsoring a song thrush you are helping to restore and conserve our local oak-hornbeam woodlands, and a number of other habitats which provide a home for this beautiful, musical bird.
We're lucky enough to have lots of thrushes making their presence known with the lovely liquid song and small heaps of smashed snail shells in the garden, we thought we'd pick it to throw a spotlight on this often overlooked bird. In fact one of resident birds returned just this week and has been busy stripping the very last of the yew berries from the tree right outside my office window.
You can sponsor your own thrush (or other species) with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust here.
There are lots of different bird sponsorships available with the county Wildlife Trusts details here.