Warwickshire Wildlife Trust launches £3 million appeal

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is launching a new fundraising appeal to bring wildlife back to Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. This is the Trust's most ambitious plan ever and reflects the urgent need to act now. The appeal goal is to raise £3 million and create a Nature Recovery Fund used to buy land.

This target has been set to support local action on the three biggest threats that our planet has ever faced; the ecological crisis, the climate crisis and the human health crisis, particularly the desperate disconnection of people with nature.

The Nature Recovery Fund will be used to buy land of low wildlife value, improve this land by restoring lost habitats and also reconnect people with nature. It will also help the Trust to help others do the same on their land and double the land managed for wildlife by 2030. In the past the focus was on saving special places, however this new land will be for the creation of new special places.

Thanks to some substantial recent donations and legacies, the Trust already has £1.5 million in the Nature Recovery Fund. This appeal aims to double this, to create a £3 million fund to bring back Warwickshire’s wildlife. 

Bending the curve appeal graphic

In January 2021, the One Planet Summit saw 50 countries pledge to protect 30% of land and sea for nature, in a bid to tackle the unravelling of our delicate ecosystems, halt the mass decline in wildlife and combat climate change. The UK is part of the coalition but was ahead of the curve, and in September 2020 the Government committed to restoring 30% of the UK to nature by 2030.

The Wildlife Trust’s CEO Craig Bennett, whilst welcoming that Government 
commitment, “warned that we now need to see a much greater level of urgent action on the ground to deliver on the ambition set out by the Prime Minister, and to put nature into recovery.” And so, on the ground, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is preparing for action.

The aim is to create a Wilder Warwickshire where 30% of land is managed for wildlife by 2030 in ways that see our delicate and damaged natural systems begin to heal. 

Webinar on Bringing Wildlife Back

Local people can hear more about the fundraising appeal, why it is so important and the need to act now, by registering for the first in a series of webinars on the Nature Recovery Fund Appeal. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday 20th April 7.00pm and can be booked here: www.nature-recovery-fund-bwb.eventbrite.co.uk

The average price of land in Warwickshire is approximately £10,000 per acre and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust needs to buy at a large enough scale to create new, connected habitats for local wildlife. Large or small, a donation will help to bring wildlife back. The Trust is asking local people to donate online today and be part of nature’s recovery on their doorstep: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/appeal