As 2015 draws to a close we want to say an enormous thank you for your support this year.
Here are just some of the things that we have achieved together in 2015...
Volunteers have committed 32,000 volunteer hours, which is equal to 4571 days or 21 full time staff.
In Summer 2015 we published the 150th edition of our members’ magazine.
Over 1100 members have joined Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, making our collective voice for nature stronger.
Education and Youth
100 schools have visited Brandon Marsh Nature Centre or the Parkridge Centre to learn about their environment and be inspired by the wildlife around them.
1045 volunteer hours have been contributed by 13 – 19 year olds through volunteering and youth projects.
ExMedia have sponsored the purchase of new equipment for children’s sessions at both Brandon Marsh Nature Centre and the Parkridge Centre.
The planning team and planning volunteers have submitted responses to:
50 planning applications
5 Local Authority development framework consultations
44 Enquiries from the public
They continue to scrutinise High Speed 2 proposals.
1.3 ha of reedbed creation and enhancement has been undertaken at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, thanks to the hard work of the Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team and business volunteers such as a group from Keller.
A legacy left to the Trust has funded the purchase of a compact tractor, which has made light work of repetitive and time consuming tasks such as hay cutting.
Over 2000 plug plants were planted at Dunchurch Meadow.
The Princethorpe Woodlands Project received a development phase grant of £116,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of the development year 45.5 kms of hedgerows have been surveyed, and volunteers have given more than 218 hours of their time.
The Hedgehog Improvement Area in Solihull was launched in March 2015. It has:
received 640 hedgehog sightings
had over 1000 nights of hedgehog footprint surveys undertaken by volunteers
directly engaged over 2700 children with hedgehogs and hedgehog conservation
Funding of over £69,000, together with your donations, has been secured to continue conservation efforts to protect Britain’s fastest declining mammal, the water vole.
Campaigns and Supporters
Vine House Farm has now donated over £1 Million to The Wildlife Trusts thanks to your purchases of bird seed.
The Wildlife Trusts launched the UK’s first mass participation in nature event with 30 Days Wild, a challenge which encouraged people to do one wild thing on every day in June. 30 Days Wild will return in 2016.
We commenced our Every Child Wild campaign, which is looking at how we address the disconnection between children and nature.
We are so grateful for everything that you have helped us to achieve in 2015. Threats to our wildlife are constant, and we must increase our effort to protect our county’s wildlife and wild places for the future. We quite simply cannot do it without you.