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Total Raised: £41.00
The Orangutan Foundation International was set up in 1986 by Dr Birute Galdikas, one of the world's leading experts on orangutans, with the UK arm being established in 1991. The foundation aims to protect the remaining habitats of orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia, to raise awareness of their environment and needs, to advise on government policy and, ultimately, to save the orangutan from extinction.
Numbering 315,000 in 1900, the orangutan was once found throughout Southeast Asia to Southern China, but is now restricted to small areas of forest in the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, with its population reduced to less than 50,000. The main factors responsible for their decline are hunting, climate change and competition with humans for forest resources. Palm oil plantations are the biggest threat with Indonesia and Malaysia being the world's two largest producers. The plantations are permanent and Indonesia has converted over 3 million hectares of forest (five times the size of Bali) to palm oil production (1991 figures). The conversion continues at a rate of 250,000 hectares per anum. Palm oil is found in almost everything from peanut butter to detergent to crayons, and global demand is expected to increase by 50% in the next 10 years, with devastating results for the orangutan. In the last 20 years alone, orangutans have lost 80% of their habitat. This is an unprecedented rate. Added to these threats are illegal logging, illegal gold mining, the illegal pet trade and increased fire risk caused by dry debris left over by the loggers.
Despite being faced with what sometimes seems like insurmountable odds, in 1997 OFI was able to secure an increase of one third in the size of Tanjung National Park (established in 1982). Due to pressure on the Indonesian government from Dr Galdikas, a new wildlife reserve was also established at Lamandau. This now serves as a release site for rehabilitated orangutans. Lamandau has five release camps and may once have supported a wild population of orangutans that are now locally extinct. Each orangutan must be fit, healthy and old enough before they can face the challenge of beginning life in the wild. In 1998, together with the Ministry of Forestry, OFI also established a much needed orangutan care centre in central Kalimantan. The Orangutan Care and Quarantine Centre (OCCQ) has holding areas, medical facilities and a patch of forest that constitutes a learning area and halfway house. Currently the centre cares for over 200 orangutans at various stages of rehabilitation. Unfortunately the increase in new arrivals reflects the rate at which habitat is currently being lost. Many of the new arrivals are severely traumatised and require 24 hour care. Some may stay up to ten years before being able to be released into 'free living.' The OCCQ, together with the centres in Borneo and Sumatra, have released 1000 orphaned orangutans to the forest since 1971. However, OFI stresses that rehabilitation is not a substitute for the preservation of a vital and healthy wild population. Guard posts, mobile patrols and ecotourism and sustainable livliehoods are all essential to ensuring the preservation of crucial forest habitat. OFI also carries out long term research into the livliehood of the orangutan and the fauna and flora that share its environment. This allows OFI to make informed decisions about hown to manage the reserves and about the vulnerabilities and inter-dependancies of particular ecosystems and species, providing a perfect case study of what can go wrong and how to avoid making irreversable mistakes in the future. The OFI's Pondok Ambung Research Station is situated in Tanjung National Park, home to numerous species of primates, birds and forest ecology.
It is easy to help the foundation by volunteering, fostering and orangutan, donating online or even recycling your ink cartridges. Details of tours and tour itineraries can be found online at
or contact: The Orangutan Foundation, 7 Kent Terrace, London, NW1 4RP. Tel: +44(0)207 724 2912.


Total Raised: £41.00
MONA is a registered charity 'dedicated to the rescue of primates sufering in captivity,' and to the welfare, conservation and understanding of primates. The organisation began in 1984 when Simon and Peggy Templar, and English couple living in Catalunia, Spain, opened a small sanctuary for rehoming chimps rescued from beach photographers. When the Templars became too old to look after the centre, they made arrangements for the chimps to be rehomed in the south of England and, in 2000, the MONA Foundation was born. It now has an established sanctuary near Girona in Spain which provides a home for chimps and other rescued primates. Many of the chimps were owned by a circus trainer where they were kept inside a truck in filthy cages, often no bigger than a dog kennel, in a disused lorry park. They received no light for most of the day and were unable to mix together. Some were rented out for use in TV shows and adverts, including McDonalds.
The illegal trade that took place between West Africa and Spain and supplied the circuses and tourist shows with chimpanzees has now been stopped but its victims still often linger in captivity, in poor conditions while others of the West African chimps have been forced to breed in order to continue supplying the demand. Hence the reason Spain has been chosen as the particular location for the sanctuary. It would be impossible for these chimps, because of human contact, to be rehabilitated into the wild. However, the enclosure provides a semi-natural habitat with various climbing structures, play objects, observation areas and extensive grassland and a pond. Chimps are encouraged to bond as a group, as they would in the wild, and to establish their own hierarchies, with keepers only intervening when serious health problems arise. In addition to providing homes at the sanctuary, MONA also carries out research into how successfully chimps are able to adapt and form new social groups once they have been rescued from poor conditions. Vets, biologists, anthropologists and archeologists observe and record the actions and interaction of the rescued chimps, paying close attention to how they develope their skills and use their new space.
Chimps are our closest living relatives with only 1.24% difference between our DNA and theirs. Accordingly, they suffer in captivity in as much the same way as humans, becoming frustrated, depressed and lifeless and often resorting to self-mutilation when deprived of contact with other chimps. The population of chimps in Africa has declined from 600,000 to between 150,000 -250,000. Deforestation and hunting for bushmeat are the primary threats. Illegal trafficking also constitutes a major threat, with INTERPOL estimating that the illegal wildlife trade is second only to drugs on the international black market.
You can help MONA by adopting a primate, volunteering (usually for a period of 6 months in which volunteers stay at the centre), visiting the centre and taking part in educational activities, or by donating directly.
Contact MONA at MONA UK, PO BOX 372, Cambridge, CB4 1ZS. Tel: +44 1223 210 952. Email:  Or see:


Total Raised: £41.87
Seawatch is a national marine conservation charity whose objectives are to research and protect the whale, dolphins and porpoises found in UK and Irish waters.  Caeteceans face many dangers and, in some cases, local extinction due to human pressure on their environment.  Seawatch aims to provide information on the status of cetacean populations, their distribution and habitats by working with government and environmental agencies in order to provide information and advice and to raise awareness of the issues surrounding these enigmatic creatures.  The charity produces leaflets, newsletters, videos, CDs, and scientific reports. The educational branch of the charity - Education Seawatch - holds school, university and community lectures and workshops.  Although Seawatch carries out marine studies throughout the UK, its most intensive research projects are in the waters surrounding the Hebrides, Grampian Region, the Irish Sea and English Channel.

The Seawatch organisation was founded in 1991 by Dr Peter Evans, with the help of Paul Vodden of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Greenpeace and the RSPCA.  Dr Evans had initially founded the Mammal Society's Cetacean Group in 1973 with the aim of gaining knowledge of cetaceans through the study of living rather than dead animals, and by enlisting the help of the public.  volunteers are crucial to the work of Seawatch and volunteer observers are posted throughout the UK, reporting all sightings of cetaceans in their areas.  Their information is the primary source of knowledge about the cetaceans living in and around the UK.

So far, Seawatch has helped secure special status for the harbour porpoise and bottlenose dolphin under the Wildlife and Countryside Act; had aided the international Agreement for the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS); has collaboratively led in the production of the only existing Distribution Atlas for Cetaceans in NW Europe; has recommended two areas in Cardigan Bay as Special Areas of Conservation for bottlenose dolphins; and has produced reports for a variety of agencies such as the UK Offshore Operators Association and the UK Department of the Environment, assessing the threat of human activities on cetaceans.

They believe a system of continuous monitoring is essential to the survival of marine animals, particularly in the face of new threats such as climate change.  Changes to the marine environement from increases in sea temperature and the melting of polar ice can affect prey distribution, mating and breeding success, and calf survival rates.  Furthermore, threats from hunting (whaling), over fishing (for example, of sand eels and herring), by-catching and accidental entanglement in trawling nets and gillnet fisheries, and also pollution of the marine environment from industrial activities (30,000 tonnes of PCBs are used by countries bordering the North Sea), increase the pressures faced by cetaceans.  Recently, seismic exploration for new sources of oil and gas has been extended to the west of Scotland, putting at risk populations of dolphins and baleen whales.

Anyone can be an observer for Seawatch, offshore or onland.  The charity has a system of regional co-ordinators to whom you can report sightings.  Details of co-ordinators are available online or by contacting the charity.  Get yourself a pair of good binoculars!  A guide is also available on species identification and on recommended whale and dolphin watch operators throughout the UK.  June 21-29 is National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week, and the public are invited to take part by visiting any one of the Manned Watch Sites along the coast.  A list of manned sites and recording forms are available from Seawatch, and reported sightings are posted on the Seawatch website.  For more information, contact Seawatch, 11 Jersey Road, Oxford, OX4 4RT, +44(0)1865 717 276Email:, or visit 



Total Raised: £41.87

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary was founded in 1988 by Rosemary Kind who, in her own words, states "[...] after seeing tides of Dartmoor ponies being driven into markets every October and seeing the cruetly and smelling the fear and hearing the cries of despair.  The silent scream built up in my head until it felt I couldn't bear it any longer."

The Sanctuary's aim is to rescue and prevent cruelty among horses and to provide care and find loving homes, either temporary or permanent.  The Sanctuary will rescue any horse that is about to be destroyed and no horse is ever sold.  Since its establishment, the Sanctuary has rescued and rehomed hundreds of horses throughout the UK.  The work often involves retraining and rehabilitating of neglected and unwanted horses, and employs around 20 full time staff.

For many years, the Sanctuary rented properties but, thanks to the generous support of the public, in July 2005, was able to buy its own farm at Honeysuckle Farm, Devon.  Most of the horses owned are cared for at loan-homes outwith the sanctuary and are regularly monitored to ensure their well being.  The charity works with other equestrian organisations and with the media to promote awareness of equine issues such as the Dartmoor pony problem.  Every year, the sanctuary hosts its own summer show, and hosts other special events such as sponsored rides.

Each horse is evaluated according to its needs and those unable to be rehomed are kept at the Sanctuary.  Dartmoor foals account for a large number of those taken in.  All horses are given a high standard of daily care and training is given where appropriate.

When rehoming, homes in Devon are given priority, due to proximity and transport costs.  Rehoming allows the Sanctuary to care for more horses and ponies than would otherwise be possible due to limitations of space and funds.  It also allows the horses to receive a better quality of life and extra attention as they become involved in riding and showing etc.  Homechecks are thorough and regular.  No horse is rehomed until deemed ready.  A full list of horses available for rehoming can be viewed on the charity website.

For those horses unable to be rehomed, the charity operates an adoption programme where, for £10.00, you will receive a certificate of adoption and the history of your chosen horse.  A hundred pound donation enables the Sanctuary to care for one of their horses for a month.  Events are also organised by the Sanctuary, including the picturesque Midsummer's Day Ride.  Details available online.  As well as information on adoption and rehoming, the charity's website has a very useful question and answer page, with extensive information on horse health, pregnancy, foaling and behaviour problems.  There are also general articles, an evocatively worded diary written by Rosemary, and some horse poetry, including the touching, 'A Horse's Prayer,' a must-read for any horse owner.  For further information see: Honeysuckle Farm, Haccombe With Coombe, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4SA, +44(0)01626 355 969.



Total Raised: £65.00

WSPA is an old friend, so to speak, in that earth love has assisted this charity in the past.  Presently, WSPA is leading a campaign, HANDLE WITH CARE, against the long distance transport of live animals for slaughter and earth love believes that this issue cannot be ignored and is worthy of our immediate help.  HANDLE WITH CARE is a coalition of several of the world's leading animal welfare charities sucha as RSPA, Euro-Group for Animals, Compassion in World Farming, Born Free, Humane Society International, and ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) who aim to work with governments and those bodies involved in the live transport industry in order to end this cruel and outdated practice.

More than 1,000,000,000 animals are transported every single week, tens of thousands of animals die every year and millions suffer unnecessary cruelty on these long distance journeys under the most appalling conditions.  Animals are cramped into overcrowded spaces, with no food, water or sanitation, suffering from exhaustion and heat, and sustaining illness and often horrific injuries, on the way to meet their fate. 

WSPA believes that in the twenty-first century, no animal should suffer these indignities.  It has been possible for 125 years, to ship frozen meat around the globe.  Added to this are arguments regarding human health (diseases are easily spread when hundreds of animals are forced into a confined space) and sound economic and cultural practices, that make live animla transport a wasteful, unnecessary and ultimately shamefully cruel practice inflicted on millions of animals all over the world.

So far, the HANDLE WITH CARE campaign has resulted in 30,000 people lobbying the Public Prosecutor of Para State, Brazil, encouraging him to ban live exports from one of Brazil's busiest ports.  Demonstrations have been staged at Australian embassies in the UK, Nepal and Hungary to help raise awareness about one of the most horrific instances of live animal transport in the world - the live export of Australian sheep to the Middle East.  10,000 people in the USA alone have sent protest letters to their local Australian embassy, and more are on their way from around the globe to various embassies and to the Australian Prime Minister.  And Spanish company renowned for its poor treatment of horses during live transportation has ceased to operate after prosecution by the authorities.  These are just a few of the actions underway.

The campaign has received backing from Dr Mohamed Sayed Tantaway, Grand Sheikh of one of the most respected Islamic universities in the world, the Al Ahzar university in Cairo, from Danish MEP, Dan Joergensen, and Canadian Federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, and also from leading animal welfare organisations in Italy (LAV) and Spain (ANDA).  However, as always, much remains to be done.  Despite a ruling from a Perth Magistrates Court in February that the Australian live export industry is cruel, Australia has decided to resume the transport of live cattle to Egypt after the trade was suspended for two years following exposure of cruelty.  For details of how to help in this campaign, see earth love issue 28, or contact WSPA on +44(0)20 7587 5000 or     



Total Raised: £48.55

Landlife is a UK based charity dedicated to bringing people and nature closer together by preserving native wildflowers in local urban areas.  Landlife aims to develop and support sustainable conservation sites in the community, while promoting and raising awareness of wildflowers, wildlife and the issues of climate change.

The organisation began in 1975 as the Rural Preservation Association, undertaking ecological landscaping of derelict land with the involvement of local communities.  Since then, the charity has been involved in various studies for the successful use of wildflowers in urban settings including used clothing as a soil substitute for wildflowers.  Landlife has participated in garden festivals, has launched education packs for schools, opened Alder Hey Children's Hospital wildlife garden, sponsored a national billboard campaign circa 1990 titled, 'Securing the Future,' launched a range of seed packets to national outlets such as Homebase, and has been instrumental in various partnerships such as UNESCO UK Man & the Biosphere Urban Forum. A major project for which they received a £4 million Millenium Commission Award was the National Wildflower Centre, set in a tranquil Victorian park in Liverpool, demonstrating wildflower landscapes to a wider public.  The park opened in 2001.

Landlife receives grants from both the public and private sector to undertake project work.  Their Seeds for Growth programme has been cited as a best practice European Funded project for the EU in Madgeburg, Germany.  Current projects include 'Great Outdoors,' one of eight projects in Knowsley involving 5.5 hectares of wildflower improvements to green spaces, workshops, wildflower taster sessions, and public involvement in environmental conservation; the development of a National Wildlife Forum in St Helens, Merseyside, which will enable them to not only provide a stunning landscape, but to supply a living seedbank in response to climate change and declining biodiversity; studies in soil inversion and a publication titled 'Soil Inversion Works,' following the trials of a plough that 'inverts the soil profile to create the right conditions for wildflowers'; 'Bluebell Recovery' which aims to preserve the British bluebell as its woodland habitat disappears; 'Seeds for Growth'; providing new sowings alongside major motorways and transport corridors; and, 'Forest of Flowers' - four sites in Leicestershire and Derbyshire, introducing wildflowers to new woodlands.  For details of more of these projects, including the National Wildflower Centre, visit

Landlife believes that people are essential to preserving wildlife in our local communities and offers a range of publications to budding gardeners and conservationists available to download.  They also offer practical information and advice including site visits, report writing, idea development and successful wildflower specification and management.  Contact: Landlife, National Wildflower Centre, Court Hey Park, Liverpool, L16 3NA.  Tel: 0151 737 1819.  Email:  




Total Raised: £37.95

The Alternative Sanctuary began with one family when they took in a few unwanted animals while living in a small semi-detached house in Carpenters Park Watford. The youngest of three sisters was encouraged by her siblings to take a stray cat into the house and explain to their father how desperately she wanted to keep her. He accepted it pretty well and the few hundreds (maybe even into the thousands now) that followed!

Their first rescued horse was bought for £50 (the knacker price). He had been a blood horse, was only four years old and had been bought by a man for his daughter. When feed prices became terribly expensive (because there was a grain shortage) he was due to be shot. Because so many people could no longer afford to keep their horses -so many were being shot - he was kept waiting for three days for the knacker man. On the third day my mother couldn't stand it any more so she bought him. He had anemia from loosing so much blood so had to be given Guinness and my mother had to go to the stables three times a day to give him small feeds. As he got stronger he became difficult to handle and it was discovered that he had not been properly gelded. One testicle had not descended so he had to have a fairly major operation to sort that out.

The first rescued dog was found by another sister while out on a ride. She was an Airdale and 'totally do-lally.' It took hours to catch her. She was partly nervous, partly disobedient and as she got older she became deaf and blind. She caused many embarrassing moments going through people's dustbins and refusing to come, and was named Sunday as that was the day on which she was found.
More animals followed and eventually the family moved to a bigger house in Garston, Watford and rented two fields, and put up  some make-shift stables in one of the fields (the first of many). 

Three ponies came with the house as the owner was a dealer and threw them in as part of the deal. One of the worst events in the Sanctuary's history came when two of the ponies, Warrior and Connie were stolen on the second eldest sister's eighteenth birthday. They were never found despite numerous trips to Markets across the country. Years later it was discovered that an illegal slaughterhouse operated nearby.
After three years, the Sanctuary moved to a small bungalow in Pepperstock with its own land. The animal population is ever growing and here the horses should be safe from theft although this has been less of a problem since there is no money in meat anymore (thank goodness).  The Sanctuary is run principally by Tamara, and as well as horses, cats and dogs, includes a varied selection of pigs, goats, a donkey (a real character who made it to fifty years old), terrapins, pigeons, rabbits, guinea-pigs, chinchillas, chipmunks, budgies, cockatiels, gerbils, mice, hamsters, rats, fish, chickens, ducks, a turkey and even a Meer cat found in Dunstable which Whipsenade Zoo agreed to take!
Over the past two years a lot of building work has been completed so that the animals now have good standard of accommodation and life is easier for Tamara also! Visit the pages to meet the animals housed here at present. In previous years Tamara's mother re-homed many dogs. Now all the animals who come stay for good.
Since becoming a registered charity and with the added generosity from valued supporters and some grants from Trusts, the Sanctuary has a secure future.  The hope is now to continue with this work and increase the supporter’s base and gain more funding from the very few animal trusts which exist to allow The Sanctuary to grow over the coming months and years and well into the future.  Visit or contact The Alternative Animal Sanctuary, Windmill Road, Pepperstock, Luton, Beds., LU1 4LQEmail:  Tel: +44(0)1582 0841 0829


Total Raised: £37.95

Free the Bears was founded in 1993 by Mary Hutton who, after watching a local current affairs programme about the horrific cruelty of bear bile farms, spent the following day petitioning freelance at the entrance to the local shopping mall.  Soon, she had thousands of signatures and established a committee that was to become Free the Bears.  Mary continued to research the plight of bears in captivity around the world, and Free the Bears is active in several countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Kalimantan and India, saving sun bears, Asiatic black bears and sloth bears.

The objectives of the charity are to fund and facilitate rehabilitation of and conservation of bears, preserve their natural habitats, encourage sustainable alternatives to the illegal wildlife trade, provide information and raise awareness of threats to the local bear population, support individuals concerned with bear conservation, support the introduction of appropriate wildlife legislation to preotect endangered species, to create and fund new bear sanctuaries whree needed, and maintain existing sanctuaries.

So far, the total number of bears saved by the Fund is 613.  Amongst the charity's achievements are the funding of the first sun and Asiatic black bear enclosure in the Phnom Tamao Zoological Gardens and Rescue Centre in Cambodia in 1997, and the building of a second enclosure in 2000, and two more in 2006; the funding of a sanctuary for bears at Lopburi Zoo Thailand; and another sanctuary built in Luang Prabang, Laos, for rescued Asiatic black bears.  As well as these, the charity has worked throughout its existence with other charities, forming partnerships with organisations such as Wildlife SOS, and International Animal Rescue to fund projects such as the Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF) in India, and also with individuals such as Gabriella Frederickson for her bear sanctuary in Kalimantan.

In order to help Free the Bears end the horror and unspeakable suffering of bear bile farms and the practice of dancing bears and the bear baiting trade, you can sponsor a bear, become a member of Free the Bears, or campaign directly via their website to the relevant authorities.  It is also possible to fund the resuce of a single bear for $2000.  Free the Bears is a testament of what the power of one individual can do.  Contact: Free the Bears Fund, PO Box 1393, Osborne Park DC, WA 6916.  Tel: (08)92 441 096 / +61 892 441 096.  Email:  Or visit 



Total Raised: £34.06In 1994, the UK Biodiversity Action Plan highlighted the lack of organisations representing invertebrate conservation and, as a result, Buglife was formed in 2000, becoming full operational in February 2002.  It is the only European organisation dedicated ot the conservation of all invertebrates, ranging from slugs to beetles and wasps.  Buglife is supported by leading conservation bodies, including the RSPB, and has continued to expand, opening a Scottish headquarters in February 2007.

There are over 40,000 species of invertebrate in the UK.  Through a variety of projects, Buglife aims to conserve endangered populations, restore habitat and increase awareness of the importance of invertebrates to our environment.  Current projects include taking action to conserve neglected habitat such as brownfields and soft rock cliffs, and to preserve vital freshwater environments. The ‘All of a Buzz in the Thames Gateway’ project addresses the importance of brownfield sites (previously developed land) for invertebrate populations.  The Thames Gateway is known to be of environmental importance, housing populations of several UK Biodiversity Action Plan species.  Nevertheless, the area has been earmarked for major development over the next 10 - 20 years.  Buglife has produced reports and information packs for authorities and planners and is continuing to map brownfield sites in all of Greater London, raising public awareness of their importance for wildlife and of the threats they face.  The organisation is also holding workshops for planners in the Thames Gateway and would like information on any other brownfield sites in the UK that may be important to wildlife, yet are under threat of development.  Soft rock cliffs provide habitat for bees, butterflies and declining species such as the cliff tiger beetle, with at least 100 varieties of invertebrate depending on these habitats for their survival.  Soft rock cliffs are subject to natural erosion, but intensive cliff top management and artificial drainage is threatening their natural ecological balance.  Buglife is implementing a three year project aiming to research and safeguard these environments for the future.  Many freshwater environments in the UK have been lost to agriculture and drainage, with current habitats facing pollution and water abstraction.  Buglife currently has projects researching the effects on freshwater invertebrates of Prozac, Permethrin, acidification and cypermethrin based sheep dips.  The organisation focuses on a variety of freshwater habitat, from rivers and ditches, to fens, reedbeds and wet meadows.  Each environment faces particular threats that must be investigated and understood in order to maintain the fine ecological balace required by particular species.  Many invertebrates specialise in particular types of freshwater environment eg. stonefly larva have adapted to fast flowing rivers by being able to cling onto the loose rocks.

As well as existing projects, Buglife has projects in development.  Three species out of the 26 varieties of bumblebee in the UK have already become extinct due to the disappearance of plant species in the countryside.  Gardens are, therefore, central to bumblebee survival, and The Big Garden Bumblebee Survey aims to encourage the public to record sightings of these declining insects in their gardens, in order to gather information on populations, flower preferences and pollination.  Another project under development is Earthworm Trends.  No attempt has ever been made to collate existing data on earthworms and Buglife aims to focus on key species, comparing samples from various sites to obtain information on population and habitat over a period of time.

This is only some of the work carried out by this vital organisation.  For information on just why invertebrates ‘make the world go round’ contact Buglife to obtain a range of fact sheets, tips on wildlife gardening, how to create garden bee nests and how to preserve wildflowers.  To volunteer, or take part in a Buglife survey, contact: Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, First Floor, 90 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1DY.  Tel: +44(0)1733 201210.  Email:  Web: 


Total Raised: £34.06 

BTO, a non-profit charitable trust, was founded in 1933 to investigate and survey populations of wild birds in the UK.  It comprises a large number of volunteers of all ages and walks of life from across the country, working in partnership with a team of BTO scientists to record and analyse data for publication.  The information is used to conserve bird populations, to allow campaigners to efficiently target resources, and to monitor the changing state of the environment. 

Surveys vary in skill and complexity, from beginner volunteers recording birds seen in their own gardens, to more detailed surveys requiring the identification of birds by sound as well as sight.  Other, more advanced volunteers, may obtain vital information by studying a single nestbox, or by undertaking expeditions to remote colonies, and may also learn to harmlessly catch and number birds using leg rings.  Training is provided by a BTO licensed ringer operating in their area, and survey methods are developed by BTO’s scientific experts.

Volunteers may contribute as much or as little time as they have available.  It should be an enjoyable hobby, designed to match the volunteer’s own level of interest.  Each contribution, however large or small, will go towards the understanding of why and how changes in bird populations are taking place in this time of environmental uncertainty.

The Trust does not campaign directly for conservation but, rather, provides unbiased data that can be relied upon by conservation agencies, forming ‘unique insights into issues of national and global concern such as agricultural policy and climate change.’  The Trust also undertakes consultancy and ecological investigations for a wide range of clients.  Through contract income, membership support and donations, the Trust is able to employ ‘the best and brightest young ecologists and ornithologists.’  Speakers are available on request.

TO has 125 regions throughout the UK, each run by an appointed BTO regional organiser.  The Trust also has specialist contacts on various research topics such as avian influenza, environmental impace assessments, farmland birds, windfarms etc., and publishes articles and conservation advice online.

Volunteer involvement plays a crucial part in all areas of research.  The extent of volunteers’ participation with each of the various surveys carried out by BTO, will depend on their location and ability or willingness to travel.  The Garden Birdwatch survey has over 16,500 participants who submit weekly records of the birds using their gardens.  This involves making an annual contribution of £15.00, for which they receive a quarterly magazine, survey forms, a free book, and information and advice.  Other surveys include Wetlands and Waterbirds, Barn Owl monitoring, and the Nest Record Scheme.  A current ‘special survey’ is the Biodiversity in Glasgow (BIG) project.  Following on from the successful London Bird Project, the survey monitors and records the variety of breeding birds and butterflies in the city’s green spaces, including parks, woodlands and cemeteries.  Volunteers are assigned a site, and make three visits spending approximately two hours at a time on the survey.  This not only encourages community involvement in an urban environment, but provides vital information on habitat and population, and promotes improved management of green spaces by local authorities.  Previous recently completed BTO surveys include the Dartford Warbler and Woodlark, Project Ptarmigan 2006, the Tawny Owl Survey, and the Woodcock Survey.

Volunteers do not necessarily have to be members of the BTO.  To get involved simply contact your local area representative, online at: or via headquarters at BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU.  Tel: +44(0)1842 750050.  Email:    



Total Raised: £30.24

Recently, the focus of a much loved Channel Five series, Monkey World was established in 1987 by the late Jim Cronin, in order to rehabilitate and provide homes for abused Spanish beach chimps.  The Monkey World Rescue Centre is located in Dorset and comprised 65 acres, with room for over 240 primates.  Today, the sanctuary continues to fight the illegal trade in primates, working with governements worldwide to stop the smuggling of animals from the wild and to rehabilitate neglected or abused primates into 'natural living groups.'

Monkey World has carried out rescue operations in Europe and as far afield as South America, Taiwan and the Middle East. The centre houses the largest group of chimpanzees outside Africa.  Rescued beach chimps often arrive with serious inuries and addicted to drugs through the photographers' efforts to control naturally boistrous youngsters.  Most chimps are imported illegaly from Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea and smuggled by boat or plane to be used in the illegal pet trade and for entertainment.

enerally, the females at the centre are kept on birth control to allow space for the many rescue chimps still requiring homes.  However, a baby is allowed every five years to maintain the natural behaviour of the group.

The orangutans at Monkey World form part of the European endangered species breeding programme, with four of the orangutans born at the park.  Many others arrive after being rescued by Taiwanese authorities.

Other groups at the park include the highly endangered golden-cheeked gibbons, also part of European and International breeding programmes, as well as woolly monkeys, ring tailed lemurs, stump tailed macaques, squirrel monkeys, common marmosets, and one goeldi's monkey who was part of an EEP until, unfortunately, his female companion passed away.  He now lives with a group of female common marmosets.

Finally, but not least, viewers of the C5 series may remember the 88 capuchin monkeys rescued from a laboratory in Chile.  Some had spent over 20 years at the lab, and others were even born there.  They were used for bio-medical and pharmaceutical research and had never seen daylight.  Now, they have joined the other capuchin monkeys at Monkey World, resuced from the illegal UK pet trade, and live in three different groups, enjoying natural behaviour and the outdoors.

Rehabilitation is a long process and Monkey World employs dedicated staff, expert in primate care, and has a team of specialists on hand, including paediatricians, dentists, and gynaecologists.  The costs of providing this care are high and, to assist with funding, Monkey World operates and adoption scheme that includes a year's free admission to the park.  Adoption rates vary from £20 for children, £30 for adults, and £100 for a corporate adoption.  Alternatively, visit the centre at Longthorns, Wareham, Dorest, BH20 6HH.  Admission fees range from FREE for one teacher and up to six children, £7.25 for senior citizens, and £31.00 per family.  Groups must book in advance.  For more information see:  Tel: +(0)44 1929 462537 Donations can be made to online or via cheque / P.O., payable to the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund.


Total Raised: £30.23

Located in the beautiful Shakespeare country of Warwickshire, Farm Animal Rescue provides homes for over 750 rescued farm animals.  The charity was founded in 1988, and is dedicated to rescuing animals from the horrors of intensive farming; live export, battery farms, tethered sows, crated calves, rapid intensive breeding, and hormone treatment being just some of the cruel practices these harmless living creatures are expected to face.  The sanctuary is run by Carole Webb with the assistance of Kaylie Day, fundraising volunteer, and two other volunteers, Salvi and Janice.

The sanctuary's main source of income comes from an adoption scheme.  Adoptions cost £15.00 within the UK, and £17.00 outwith the UK, and inclue a personalised certificate, photograph and information sheet.  Payment can be made online or by cheque / PO, payable to Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary, to the address below.  All the money from adoptions is spent directly on food, land rental, shelter, vet bills and on-site husbandry, and is not used for administration purposes.

The sanctuary has many expenses including shearing, de-worming and foot treatment and, the inevitable, annual mucking out.  These alone cost £15,000 pa.  Such procedures are essential to ensure an acceptable standard of animla welfare.  Mucking-out in particular requires the hiring of specialist machines with skilled operators, and failure to comply would result in the closure of the sanctuary by DEFRA or other official bodies.  Other expenses include general maintainance such as polytunnels and drainage.  All time at the sanctuary is volunteered and run on a non profit bases, with no offices to maintain and no directors to pay.  In 2001, Carole and Kaylie receive the Mahaveer award in recognition of their 'tireless work for animals over many years.'  The Rally for Compassionate Living, at which the award was presented was organised by the Young Indian Vegetarians, and held at Trafalgar Square.  The annual event featured guest speakers, including Andrew Tyler of Animal Aid, Gerry Reece of Greenpeace and Jenny Jones of the Green Party.  In a special ceremony, Tony Benn was presented with a candle lit by the World Peace Flame, and described how he hasn't eaten meat for 20 years since his son, Hilary, converted him to vegetarianism.  Carole and Kaylie received their award from Gulab Shah, Religious Chairperson of the Oshwal Association of UK, a Jain charity. 

The sanctuary is available for visits by life members or adoption 'parents' from mid-May to mid-Sept on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons, by appointment.  For more information, visit:  Email: or write to: Kaylie Day, 59 Edgell Road, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 2EP.




Total Raised: £32.89

The Tropical Forest Trust, an international charity, was founded in 1999 to 'conserve threatened forests through sustainable management.'  The Trust has offices in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Brazil, UK, US, France and Switzerland, and their mission is to ensure that tropical forests have a long-term future, seeking to expand current areas of forest, and ensure a sustainable trade in timber.

Tropical forests provide a vast source of biodiversity and carbon storage, and help mitigate flodding and soil erosion, keeping rivers clean.  They also provide crucial livlihoods for the 70 million people who live within their boundaries.  At present rates of deforestation 'only remnants will survive by the middle of this century' leaving the world an impoverished and poorer place.  It is already too late for some regions and others eg. Cambodia and lowland Kalimatan are set to disappear within ten years.  In the manufacturing and supply sector, the financial valuation of forests drastically underrates the true value of their social, economic and environmental benefits.  TFT seeks to preserve these forests through 'sustainable managment linked to environmentally sensitive markets.'  Businesses trading in timer can become members of TFT who will then link retailers and suppliers together using sustainable management practices.  The organisation ensures that forest ecosystems are protected and enhanced and that local communities share in the long-term benefits.  Contact systems are implemented to verify that no potentially illegal wood finds its way into the supply chain or manufacturing process.  TFT's Forest Projects go through several stages, including an assessment to determine what actions are needed for the forest to achieve sustainability and FSC certification, a subsequent action plan addressing environmental, social and economic factors, and monitoring and support to address any further problems.

Currently TFT is working to preserve 3.1 million hectares of threatened forest.  They are the first organisation to achieve FSC certification in the Republic of Congo, Indochina and mainland Malaysia.  Projects are largely funded through member's contributions and donations.  To find out more about TFT projects and how they work, or to make a donation, contact The Forest Trust, 15E 2 Venture Road, Southampton Science Park, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7NP.  Tel: +44(0)2380 111220.  Or visit   



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The Dr Hadwen Trust is the UK's leading medical research charity funding non-animal research techniques.  Dr Walter Hadwen was born in Woolwich in 1854.  As a young man he studied chemistry and, in 1875, when a fellow student bet that Hadwen could not live 6 months without meat, Hadwen not only proved him wrong but became a lifelong vegetarian, 'I am quite satisfied with my trial of vegetarianism and it would take more that mortal power to persuade me once again to make my stomach a graveyard for othe purpose of burying dead bodies in.'  He later went on to take a degree in surgery and midwifery where he won distinguished academic prizes.  In 1898, after being invited to speak by Miss Frances Power, founder of BUAV, he began his research into the history of medicine in relation to animal experimentation.  His conclusion was that vivisection had 'done nothing for the [...] cure of any human disease.'  He later became president of BUAV and, in 1970, The Dr Hadwen Trust was founded by Sidney Hicks, the then General Secretary of BUAV.

Currently, the Trust funds medical research at UK universities using non-animal techniques, spending £0.3 million pa on non animal medical research, and are committed to £2 million of replacement funding across al projects.  The Trust believes that animal models for testing are flawed and beset with limitations.  Experiments on animals currently range from poisoning, the infliction of wounds or disease, brain damage, surgical mutilation, electric shock and death.  At present, genetic modification of animals represents 36.5% of all procedures, and 65% of procedures are inflicted w ithout anaesthesia.  Despite this extensive testing, 92% of drugs in the US that are tested on animals fail to reach the market.  Furthermore, certain researches using ineffective animal models actually delayed research on Multiple Sclerosis by years.  Many non-animal systems such as 3D models of disease, computer modelling and human brain imaging techniques, use human biological data giving, not only more ethical, but more relevant and reliable results. 

It is surprising, therefore, that given this unreliability, more than 12 million animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits and monnkeys, are used in experiments in Europe each year, with experiments now at a 22 year hight, at 3.7 million experiments in the EU, with a 39% increase in experiments in the UK since New Labour came to power in 1997.  The Dr Hadwen Trust has written to all the major political parties calling for a 'roadmap to replacement' in order to identify key target areas for funding, technology and R&D.  On 1st July 2009, the ~Trust presented evidence to the House of Lord's EU Committee after consulting with experts on a new strategic vision to replace animals in scientific research.  The charity's proposal for an EU Centre of Excellence in Alternatives has received support from MEPs and revision proposals for the current EU directive on animal testing are now being discussed with the House of Lord's EU Committee, inviting key experts from both sides of the debate.  To find out more, contact Dr Hadwen Trust, 18 Market Place, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1DS.  Tel: +44(0)1462 436819.  Email: info@drhadwentrust or visit  


Total Raised: £31.24

PAN UK is a non-profit organisation working to eliminate toxic pesticides and the dangers they pose to our environment.  Pesticides are deliverately harmful and are introduced directly into our environment via agriculture and in our homes, leaving their unwanted residues in our food, water, air and soild, and in the very bones of our bodies.  

There are over 800 chemicals produced globally, and in a variety of combinations that can be found in everything from carpets to crops.  Many are acutely toxic and can cause death and ill health, with chronic exposure resulting in cancer or birth defects.  Some can 'travel' as far as the Arctic where they may stay for centries.  Persistent pesticides can be found in human breast milk and can affect hormone systems and fertility in animals and plants.

An estimated 50,000 tonnes of toxic poesticides are found throughout Africa, with cotton using more dangerous pesticides than any other crops.  Corporate sales strategies, including over-selling, encourages the use of such chemicals, with Europe and the USA being the two largest markets.

PAN UK aims to elimiate the use of such substances and to reduce dependancy, providing alternatives to pest control in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens.  The organisation publishes independent information on pesticides for governments and decision makers, media and other interested parties.  They undertake and target their research to promote a better understanding of the causes and effects of pesticide problems.  In doing so, PAN UK aims to represent the concerns of pesticide users and also of consumers and exposed communities around the globe.

So far, PAN UK has achieved a ban on lindance, a hazardous chemical once used widely in agriculture and in the home.  The organisation has also established the Africa Stockpiles programme to remove the accumulation of waste that is leaking into often environmentally sensitive areas.  Working with African partners, PAN UK has identified the pesticide, endosulfan as poisonous and is working for a ban.  PAN UK has also increased the use of organic cotton in UK textiles, strengthened international commitment to dealing with chemical hazards and has worked to increase disposal facilities for householed pesticide waste in the UK.  

Their many projects inculde sustainable clean farming, both in the UK and via partnerships in Africa an Eurpoe.  They offer advice on pesticide exposure and related health problems caused to humans and wildlife.  The organisation also seeks to effectively deal with stockpiles of obsolete and unwanted pesticides while also establishing efficient programmes that target the reasons for accumulation of stockpiles and to ensure a responsible framework of adequate managment controls and storage facilities in order to prevent this stockpiling from re-occuring.  

PAN UK also operates on a local level, offering consulatnacy, training, audits and advice to local authorities regarding legislation, hazards and managment stratgegies eg. herbicides used to control kerbside weeds often leak into drainage systems, polluting drinking water. 

For more information, visit  Tel: +44(0)20 7065 0905.  Email:  PAN UK, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4LT 


Total Raised:£31.23

This the second time Earth Love has raised money for Friends of the Earth.  See above for a write up about the initial aims of the organisation.  This donation in particular aims to assist the charity in their current Safe Climate campaign.  Out of approx. 50,000 people pollled, nearly 97% believe the government is not doing enough to tackle climate change.  Friends of the Earth is campaigning for annual targets to be set, and for action to be taken to wean us away from our dependency on fossil fuels, as without doing so, it will be difficult for us to reach even the 20% reduction targets set for 2010, and the longer term 80% reduction target set for 2050.  Friends of the Earth asks that everyone contact their local MP and lobby them for an improvement in climate change policy.  Local councils have a major influence on how we heat and power our homes, and on the local transport infrasturcture.  Most are not doing enough, therefore, Friends of the Earth are calling for every council to have a local carbon budget, limiting the CO2 their area can admit.  Such budgets should be in line with the latest scientific reports and come with funding for climate saving projects.  Such projects will not only boost the local economy, but will help to tackle and prevent the droughts, floods, and rising food prices that result from the fight for fossil fules and growing climate change.  Delay means not only endangering the planet by failing to reach our targets, but also losing unique opportunities for creating jobs and new and successsful climate friendly industries.  Friends of the Earth's Big Ask campaign in 2005 called for a strong climate law.  Thanks to the people who got involved, the campaign was successful.  The challenge now is to ensure the targets it set become a reality.  You can do your part by becoming involved.  Details of local MPs can also be found online at:  Alternatively, tel: 020 7490 1555 or write to Friends of the Earth, 26-28 Underwood Street, London, N1 7JQ.  Also, find your international contact at:   




Total Raised: £29.83

The Conservation Foundation was established in 1982 by David Shreeve and David Bellamy, linking the business sector with the environment by creating and managing environmental initiatives with the support of commercial partners.  The programme includes conferences, field studies, community initiatives and award schemes.  For example, the Ford European Awards, The Co-op Save our Species Awards and the O2 It’s Your Community Award.  At present, the London’s Green Corners Award celebrates individuals whose ‘green corners’ have contributed to the city’s biodiversity and quality of life.  For details of how to apply, contact Lyndsay Swan (020 7591 3111) at The Conversation Foundation or visit the website.

Currently, the Foundation is working on three main projects:

1.        The Great British Elm Experiment is part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Elms Across Europe, which led to the setting up of The Conservation Foundation.  The ‘experiment’ aims to plant young elm trees propagated from mature elms native to the English countryside.  Schools and gardens are offered the opportunity to take part, with the schools project being linked to a tree propagation programme in India run by the Berkely Reafforestation Trust.  Many of the UK’s elms survived Dutch Elm disease and it is hoped they may have developed a resistance that may be useful in further planting initiatives.

2.       The Tools Shed Campaign is a recycling project run in association with HMP Wandsworth, seeking all those old garden tools lying rusting at the back of garden sheds, for reuse in schools and community gardens throughout the country.  Tools can be dropped into all Capital Gardens centres throughout London.  For further information contact:

3.       The Yew Tree Campaign was formed in 1987 to protect Britain’s ancient yews, trees which are over 1000 years old.  To celebrate the new millennium, the Foundation distributed 8500 young yews, propagated from trees over 2000 years old, to over half the parishes in the country.  The campaign continues to raise awareness of the antiquity and role of the yew tree in British history, and promotes management of these trees and research into their longevity.  The Foundation has combined with the Ancient Yew Group (AYG) to create a Code of Care and Ancient Yew Gazette website which keeps track of the distribution of ancient yews throughout the UK.  If you know of a yew with a girth measurement of 14 foot or more, contact Libby Simon, 020 7591 3111.

For further information, news and ideas on sustainable living, visit the website at:  Tel: +44(0)20 7591 3111.  Email: or write to The Conservation Foundation, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR  


Total Raised: £29.84

Founded in 1927, Cats Protection is the leading UK cat welfare charity, rehoming and reuniting 55,000 cats and kittens a year.  The charity has a network of 250 branches and 29 adoption centres, all run by volunteers.  The charity’s mission is to promote understanding of cats and their care, encourage the neutering of cats and provide them with good homes.

Since its formation, Cats Protection has built up knowledge of feline welfare and, today, is busier than ever, keeping up with the growing domestic and feral feline population.  There are many ways that volunteers can help, including fostering, answering the helpline (03000 121212), chauffeuring cats to the vet, home visiting, running fundraising events, charity shops, and capturing and neutering ferals to ensure humane control of local populations.  Cats Protection is able to offer financial assistance with neutering to those who qualify under certain schemes.  Contact your local branch or the helpline for detials.  The charity also provides voucher assistance to smaller charities to help them cover the cost of neutering, in particular for feral cats or as part of campaigns.  The funds for support are limited and they must conform to certain strict criteria.  Cats Protection works closely with local councils and social housing providers to make vouchers available to Animal Welfare Officers, Dog Wardens and Environmental Healthe Protection Officers.  In 2008, the charity spent over £4.3 million on their neutering programme. 

There are many ways the public can help, by becoming a member, donating, adopting and volunteering.  The website gives details of where to find your local branch, offers advice on cat care, and also has a kids' page with online games and lots of fun and educational cat information, and for £15.00 you can subscribe to The Cat magazine.  Visit:  Email:  Tel: 08707 708 649, or contact the national headquarters at: NCC (National Cat Centre), Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7TT.  


Total Raised: £32.70

Founded in 2005, the BHWT is the UK's first registered charity set up for the sole task of giving the country's 16 million battery hens a better chance at life.  Formerly the Battery Hen Welfare Trust, the organisation seeks to rehome commercial laying hens at the end of their working lives.  The Trust has a network of around 50 UK farmers who dontate their hens for rehoming and, each year, the Trust rescues 60,000 ex-bat hens from slaughter, finding new and loving homes through the Trusts 25 regional centres.

In addition, the BHWT aims to educate the public on free range options (many processed foods eg. cakes, quiches, contain caged eggs) and ultimately to encourage all UK consumers and manufacturers to asupport free range, ensuring a healhty industry where all laying hen enjoy a good quality of life.  Successful commercial campaigns have included persuading Hellman's Mayonnaise to go free range, resulting in the freedoom of thousands of suffering hens. The Trust also lobbies MPs and MEPs to support British farmers and help protect them against cheap imports where there is no control over hen welfare.  Template campaign letters can be downloaded from the website.

The BHWT offers extensive advice and support on how to care for an ex-bat hen, including health issues, socialisation, housing and feeding.  Many hens make a surprisingly quicky recovery, and have a long laying life ahead, rewarding their carers daily with healthy free range eggs.  You can rehome an ex-bat hen by contacting the website.  If you do not have the facilities to accomodate rescued hens, it is possible to sponsor a hen for £17.99. For futher information, including ideas on fundraising, see: www.bhwt, Tel: 01769580310.  Email:  Or write to: British Hen Welfare Trust, North Parks, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7EJ



Total Raised: £32.70

In 1987, as a response to the disastrous decline in wildlife and biodiversity throught the farmed countryside, Shared Earth Trust set up a project at Denmark Farm in Wales, with the aim of finding out if the process of degradation could be reversed.

Initially, the farm was a 'barren place, low in wildlife interest' (Dr. Stephanie Tyler, RSPB).  It had been intensely farmed and there were very few species of bird and the fields were dominated by rye grass and bare hedges.  Since then, something like a miracle has occured.  Through traditional grazing regimes, haymaking and simple measures like stopping fertiliser input and fencing off overgrazed areas, Denmark Farm has been transformed into a 'notable nature reserve.'  It required no capital expense.

The case study shows how quickly impoverished ecological spaces can be transformed by simply allowing natural processes to take place.  Shared Earth Trust has gone one to develop a full range of programmes that aims to reunite people with the natural world, offering advisory services to landowners and farmers on how to make low cost conservations measures, tailored to their needs.  As a result, a growing network of farmers and landowners are now sharing their experiences.  Training courses are now run at Denmark Farm, offering community skills and learning at a variety of levels, from one day general workshops offered to the public, to courses aimed at students, land managers and conservation professionals.  Each course can be tailored to meet the needs of particular groups er. BTCV, Widlife Trust.

Advisory services are also available, ranging from large community projects to smaller areas like gardens.  Advice can be given by telephone or email.  The Trust is a registered charity.  To gain advice, or make an enquirty, or to find out how to offer your support, contact: Shared Earth Trust, Denmark Farm conservation Centre, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Ceredigion.  Tel: 01570 493358, or visit 


Total Raised: £29.83

In 1994, Viva (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) was founded by Juliet Gellatley.  In 2002, she also founded sister organisation, the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation.  The airm of Viva is to spread awareness of the inhuman treatment of animals and the inherent destruction of both animals and the environment in the industrialised meat and fish industries, and to help reduce suffering, improve health (both animal and human) and bring fairness and equality to the world's poor, by advocating the benefits of a vegetarian and vegan diet.

One billion animals each year are slaughtered in the UK, 4.5 billion fish, and 2.6 billion shellfish. While the human appetite for meat and fish in the industrialised countries causes untold environmental damage through deforestation, pollution, and collapse of marine populations, millions of children in the developing world die from hunger.  Viva believes a change in the way in which we view the meat industry, and in our attitudes towards food, can help secure a better life for animals, and a safer, fairer, cleaner planet.

The charity monitors the latest environmental research from around the world and uses this as a basis for national and local campaigns.  It exposes the dark side of the meat industry through undercover campaigns, for example, secretly filming the condition of animals in factory farms suplying large global retailers such as Tesco and M&S.  Recently, Viva reported on the appalling conditions inside the sheds of leading turkey producers Bernard Matthews.  Many campaigns meet with success.  Viva has almost entirely stoppped major supermarkets in the UK from selling kangaroo, ostrich and emu meat, and pig meat sales dropped after footage of breeding sows giving birth in crates no biogger than their own bodies was shown on CNN.

Current campaigns include exposing the dark side of dairy where cows are forcibly impregnated every year to keep them producing milk, and their babies torn away a day or two after birth.  A quarter of the national dairy herd is slaughtered each year due to their being physically exhausted.  500,000 newborn male calves are shot each year - unwanted byproducts of the dairy industry - and the rest transported to continental veal farms.  Viva is also campaigning against the intensive rearing of chicken for meat.  One shed usually contains up to 40,000 birds with 800 million chickens being killed every year in the UK.  Other projects are aimed at campaigning against commercial fishing, the sale of 'exotic' meats, and the live export of horses for meat.

Finally, Viva's campaign 'Hot' is concerned with the connection between global warming, environmental catastrophe, and intensive farming techniques.  Industrialised farming on a large scale means loss of valuable forests, as land is given over to the production of meat, and the diversion of valuale resoursces such as fresh water into meat and dairy production.  Along with deforestation comes loss of biodiversity, and climate change.  As meat and dairy consumption increaes, so does the risk to the environment.  For every 17kg of vegetable of protein a single cow eats, it produces 1kg of meat.  70% of all farmed land on the earth is given over to animal production.  Vegetarians require half this land for food, vegans, a quarter.  And the more animals that are reared, the more intensive the slaughter, and the greater the suffering.  Research shows this level of consumption, couled with global population rise, is unsustainable.  Yet these claims are persistently ignored.  At the same time, meat rich diets are responsible for a decline in human health with significant rises in obesity, diabetes, strokes and heart disease.  By going veggie or vegan, Viva says you will not only be saving others, but also saving yourself.  Veggies live longer and suffere less from diseases, and veggie / vegan diets can also be used to treat illnesses.

Viva helps make going veggie easy.  Contact the organisation to order a free starter pack and ask any questions.  It offers quick and easy recipies online, along with recipies for children.  As well as this, there is advice on nutrition, and how to enjoy those must have treats.  Support Viva and their campaigns by using links on their page to become an e-campaigner, by becoming as member, being a 'door-dropper' and distributing leaflets, or by taking out a Viva membership.  For more information, contact: Viva, 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol, BS1 3QY.  Tel:0117094401000 or go to

One person will eat 2750 fish, 1158 chickens, 4 cattle, 1 goose, 18 pigs, 39 turkeys, 28 ducks, 23 sheep and 1 rabbit in their lifetime.  Total it up for yourself. 


Total Raised: £29.82 

This UK based conservation society carries out and supports ecological research and environmental studies around the globe.  The aim is to fund and assist people and projects that are dedicated to the promotion and understanding of sustainable development and environmental education.  In particular, One World Wildlife is committed to promoting the understanding of over exploitation of natural resources and how this leads to climate change.  They are committed to promoting the udnerstanding that the world's oil resources are not infinite and that 'peak oil' mean that consumers, producers and societies as a whole will have to refocus their energies and change their economies and lifestyles in the near future.  A recent model by ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas) suggests that supplies of conventional oil reached an all time peak in 2005.  One World Wildlife is dedicated to supporting ideas and actions that enable us to create fullfilling and sustainable lives that leave the planet in a balanced and harmonious condition for future generations.

One World Wildlife uses the latest scientific data to identify the most dangerously threatened ecosystems, supports research into these ecosystems anmd establishes education programmes and resources that enable local populations to appreciate and manage their environment in a more sustainalbe way.  Help the charity to continue its position as a valuable educational resource and funder of ecological research by adopting an animal from around the globe, ranging from one of the UK's endangered badgers, to a lion in the heart of Africa.  Adoptions cost £30.00.  Alternatively, visit the One World Wildlife website for the link to the Low Fly Zone website (, and pledge to be free from flying for 12 months.  Also, get your business involved by starting a Payroll Giving Scheme that enables employees to donate to any UK charity straight from their gross salary, and to receive immediate tax relief of up to £4 for every £10 donated.  Also, link to the1% for the Planet website where business orgnaisations donate 1% of their annual profit to environmental causes ( All of these initiatives are supported by One World Wildlife.  For more information contact: One World Wildlife, The Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN.  Tel: 01173525627.  Email: or visit: 




Total Raised: £39.12

The John Muir Trust is a UK charity, with over 10,000 members, dedicated to the protection of wild land for both nature and people.  Our name and ethos are inspired by Scottish-born John Muir, the first person to call for action to protect wild land.  The Trust was founded in 1983 to safeguard the future of wild land against development and to promote awareness and recognition of the value of wild places.  We own and manage spectacular examples of wild land in Scotland, including parts of Ben Nevis (the UK's highest mountain), Schiehallion in Perthshire, Knoydart, Sandwood Bay in the far northwest Highlands and parts of the Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye.  We campaign to protect wild land under threat and work with others to safeguard and improve it.  Working with communities whose livelihoods depend on these wild places is an important aspect of our approach to land management.  Just as importantly, the Trust also engages people in wild places through the John Muir Award.  Started in 1997, the Award offers people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. 

The following section is an addition by Earth Love editor, Tracy Patrick:

The charity is currently spearheading a campaign for a new environmental designation for wild land in Scotland, and for the expansion and creation of Natural Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty througout the UK.  Wildlife needs wild land and inappropriate developments are rapidly placing these areas under threat.  The JMT has petitions online and also provides a template letter that can be printed off and used to write to your local MP.

By becoming a member of the Trust (for as little as £15.00 annually), you will becomea Guardian of Wild Places, with memberships being used to safeguard iconic areas such as Ben Nevis, and the Red Cuilin on the Isle of Skye.  Other ways to get involved are by doing hands on conservation work.  This is open to members and non members.  Conservation work parties take place on JMT properties.  Participants arrange their own food, travel and accomodation, and the Trust prvides the supervision and necessary tools.  The parties usually run bertween March and October, lasting from one day to a week.

The Trust is also running a Wild Land Project, where people can help to create a database of species on JMT properties by reporting their sightings, when and where.  The Trust is particularly interested in rare species eg. wildcats, golden eagles, and in people with specialist knowledge eg. fungi.

One of the aims of the Trust is to inspire and encourage interest and appreciation of wild places, and the charity has various projects to this effect.  ATTENTION ALL POETS!  JMT runs a competition for aspiring writers at the Fort William Mountain Festival.  Last year's theme was 'experiences in wild places,' and was judged by author and folklorist, Margaret Bennett. Winning entires are posted on the website.

For more information, contact: The John Muir Trust, 41 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JD.  Tel: 0131 554 0114. Email:  Or visit:  


Total Raised: £39.12

Healthy Planet is a new breed of charity whose aim is to envourage individuals and businesses around the world to make a difference to the planet.  It is unique in that people are able to manage their own donations by selecting where it goes and what projects it supports.

Human population is growing at anunprecedented rate and more and more pressure is being put on the earth's valuable resources, so much so that some children are expected to live shorter lives than their parents.  Healthy Planet puts people at the centre, demonstrating how small actions make the world of difference.  This is achieved through a variety of programmes.

1. Healthy Planet's Learning Programme provides teaching resources and case studies that will benefit schools and the environment, providing innovative ways to raise money for the school AND support a charity.

2. Healthy Planet's Land Adoption Programme allows people to become Land Guardians, connecting them directly with the charity's sustainable conservation work.  Approximately 12% of the planet is protected by law but obtaining this protection can be difficult.  Adopting protected land means that money goes directly to that territory.  Land Guardians receive a plaque and also participate in forums and activities such as mapping environmental projects.  Due to high costs, good-quality maps are not available for much of the planet, especially remote ares of high biodiversity.  Land Guardians with access to Healthy Planet's technology, are contributing directly to conservation science.  Google Earth provides satellite images of all protected sites.

3. The Reward Programme involves partnership with a range of businesses that offer healthy choices.  By signing up to Healthy Planet's Rewards Account, people can get access to a range of discounts at high street outlets, with additional points for signing up to the Guardan Programme. 

In addition to the above, Healthy Planet has lots of advice and money-saving techniques for landlords and businesses such as how to reduce rates on empty properties, and advice on easy steps for healthier more environmental living.

Contact: Healthy Planet Foundation, 349 King Street, London, W6 9NH. Tel: +44(0)844 478 0349. Email:, or visit:



Total Raised: £38.42

Our purpose

To save wetlands and their wildlife and raise awareness of the issues that affect their survival. To enhance people’s lives through learning about and being close to nature and inspiring them to help WWT’s conservation work worldwide. What WWT has achieved matches I think, Peter Scott's ambition for it and is an astonishing has spread its message around the world.

Our vision

A worldwide network of healthy, productive wetlands, where a rich variety of wildlife can live and breed safely, and ensure people’s lives are enriched by learning about and being close to nature.

Our work

WWT works with others across the world to monitor, research, create and restore wetlands and the wildlife that depends on them. Wetlands and their ecosystems cover a global area one third larger than the USA and one half larger than Brazil. Half of the world’s wetlands have already been lost over the last century and this is increasing. WWT is committed to saving these essential ecosystems and their wildlife.  Half of the world’s wetlands have already been lost over the last century and this is increasing. WWT engages and inspires people, governments and businesses to take direct action to save wetlands and their wildlife and provides the tools that enable them to do so. We also encourage the creation of wetland centres around the world, inspired by our example. Our wetland centres have welcomed over twenty million people over the years, introducing children and adults alike to the wonders of wetland wildlife from all over the world and the habitats they live in.  Work includes the creation and restoration of wetland habitats, developing the skills to create new wetland ecosystems, and researching the behavoiur and health of thousands of wetland species, including ducks, swans, beavers, otters, dragonflies and rare plant life.

You can support WWT by becoming a member, volunteering, adopting a bird and buying gifts from the charity's online shop.  For more information on the charity's projects and how you can help, contact: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT.  Email:  Tel: +44(0)1453 891900.  Web:



Total Raised: £38.43

Scottish Badgers is an umbrella organisation bringing together all the local badger groups within Scotland.  The work carried out by Scottish badger groups is vital, and members of Scottish Badgers are given training with experienced fieldworkers to help them carry out this important job.  No previous badger knowledge is necessary.  Volunteers can help for a couple of hours a month, or more.  And if there are badgers in your area, and no organised conservation group, Scottish Badgers can help you set one up.

Since the lynx, wolf and bear were hunted to extinction in Scotland, the badger has become the country's largest carnivore, weighing up to 15 kilos.  Their natural habitat is woodland, but since this has decreased due to human activity, badgers can often be found making their homes in suburban areas, in old drains, underneath outhouses and in between rocks.  They live in structured clands, with family relations that extend to several generations.  The badger has no natural predator in Scotland, only human beings and, since human activity in their natural environment has increased, badgers often come into conflict witih traffic, dogs, gamekeepers, gardeners and intensive agriculture.  Unfortunately, they have been blamed for the spread of Bovine TB.  Land developments; new housing, shopping and leisure centres, are also changing the badger landscape, often causing badgers to have to negotiate busy roads.  Although UK badgers are not endangered as yet, it is important that badger status continues to be monitored, researched and protected, so that healthy populations are enjoyed by future generations. The charity has a cruelty line where members of the public can report incidents of badger cruelty. Call 0870 240 4832.  Up to £1000 reward is offered for tip offs leading to conviction.

Identifying setts is an important functions of badger groups, as well as working with other organisations such as SSPCA and Scottish National Heritage to ensure badger rehabilitation where necessary.  For more information contact: Scottish Badgers, 13 Eddie Avenue, Brechin, DD9 6YD.  Tel: 01356 624851.  Email:, or visit the website:



Total Raised: £31.41

If bumblebees continue to decline then we face ecological turmoil.' Chris Packham, BBCT President.

Two species of bumblebee have already become extinct in the UK, adn others are declining dramatically.  The BBCT aims to conserve teh bumblebee by preseving habitat and by raising awareness of the plight of this insect so crucial to our environment.  Extensive agriculture and land development in teh countryside and in towns means there are far fewer flowers onwhich the bees can feed. 'Over 97% of flower-rich meadows have been lost from teh UK!'  Bumblebees are responsible for the majority of pollination of wildflowers.  If they were lost, not only would our countryside lose countless plant species, but our economy would suffer.  Many crops such as beans, fruits and tomatoes depend on bumblebees for pollination.  If the bumblebee decline continues, a healthy diet would become far less affordable.

The preservation of this key species requires bee-sensitive land management.  This inclused providing assitance to farmers to encourage wildflower growth in meadows and orchards.  It also involves encouraging the public to create bee-friendly gardens.  'If people put int eh flowers, the bees will find them.'

The BBCT works with politicians and NGOs to help develop sustainable agricultural policies, and help farmers enter agri-environment schemes.  The organisation also campaigns against developments that threaten bumblebee habitat, providing expert advice on all aspects of bumblebee conservation.  The Trust runs events and training days, educating the public on how to help bumblebees, and aims to produce an educational pack for use in schools throughout the UK.

BBCT, in partnership with the RSPB, is responsible for the world's first bumblebee sanctuary, a 20 acre meadow in Perth and Kinross, beside Loch Leven, in Scotland.  The field was sown with a wild flower mix and now attracts rare species like the blaeberry bumblebee, which feeds on blaeberry heathers.  Other favourite plants with lots of high quality pollen are clover, vetch and trefoil. 

For free advice on how to make your own garden, or indeed to transform neglected habitats in your area into bumblebee friendly zones, contact: The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA.  Email: or visit the website at: where you can download a free factsheet.



Total Raised: £31.40

WCAFI was launched in September 2007 by Andrew Pothecary as a social enterprise dedicated to helping clean the air.  The organisation's core activity is the Clean Air Tree Kit initiative.  This is a 100% biodegradable tree planting kit that contains everything needed to plant your own tree.  Each time a tree kit is purchased, WCAFI plants another tree, in collaboration with their tree planting partners around the world, the idea being that 'you plant one, we plant one.'

The goal is to bring people together through environmentally focused activities that ultimately will have a direct effect on global and local communities.  WCAFI believes that it is only by becoming actively involved that people really begin to understand the changes needed in order to combat climate change, deforestation and pollution.  Their philosophy is based on the old Chinese proverb, 'Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand.'

WCAFI's tree planting partners are currently based in Malawi, India, Burundi, Cameroon, Haiti and Ethiopia.  The object is to restore degraded lands, particularly relevant in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010.  So far, over 122,000 trees have been planted, some of which will be used to provide fruit, construction materials and fuel for local populations.  Last year, WCAFI also aimed to plant 4000 trees in Spain, 1000 for each race circuit used by the MotoGP.

In addition to international tree planting activities, WCAFI aims for special sites and local forests around the UK to be designated as WCAFI Clean Air Tree Kit planting areas.  The organisation is happy to provide funding to ecological projects dedciated to planting trees or other environmentally beneficial activites.  If you know of a need for trees in your area, contact: WCAFI, 29 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7JE. Email:  Tel: +44(0)845 272 3527.  Or visit: for more information.  Clean Air Tree Kits are currently priced @ 4.99 Euros, with substantial reductions on larger orders. 


DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee)

Total Raised: £24.41

The DEC was formed in 1963, and is an umbrella organisation of 14 member agencies who provide relief in the event of major disasters, wherever they take place around the world.  The agencies include Action Aid, Care International, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, and Save the Children, amongst others.  They have the necessary profile, experience, and expetise to be able to deliver timely and expert relief to those most in need.  Each agency is a registered charity and their performance is reviewed every two years.

DEC appeals respond to major emergencies where the country's in built strategy systems are overwhelmed an unable to cope.  The DEC has the ability to generate rapid response through a network of TV, press and radio broadcasting.  DEC's mission is always to raise the standards of humanitarian aid and find the most effective ways to deliver relief.  Money raised is used not only to buy emergency suplies such as food, water and medicine, but to put in place longer term measures that will support those affected in the long term.  95 pence in each £1 is allocated to the member agencies, and admin costs are not more than 5 pence in the £1.

The DEC East African Crisis Appeal supports the work of member organisations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.  It is the worst drought in 60 years, and the UN has now declared a famine in Bakool and Lower Shabvelle with other areas expected to follow.  Malnutriation has reached 60% with more than six children under five per 10,000 dying each day.

Ten of the agencies are working in Somalia where the situation is particularly challenging.  Access is difficult but not impossible, and rising food prices, poverty and conflict all play their part.  One party to the conflict has announced that is is easing access for foreign agencies, allowing member agencies to build on their existing work.  This includes providing food, water and wells, household goods and healthcare for malnourished mothers and children.  The Red Cross has provided seeds and tools ahead of hoped for rains, and Islamic Relief ahs provided sanitation and healthcare in Mogadishu, Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.

If you wold like to help or find out more, contact or telephone 0207 387 0200.  Or visit the website at:  Donations can be made online or by cheque.  DEC, Po Box 232, Melksham, SN12 6WF.    


Total Riased: £24.41 

Water Aid was founded in 1981.  Its mission statement: to help create a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  Water Aid believes these basic rights are the first step in overcoming poverty, and works with the world's poorest communities, equipping them with the skills and tools to set up and managae sustainable projects that will meet local needs.

Since its beginnings, Water Aid has funded projects in 26 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific.  In 1991, the Prince of Wales became its first president and continues in this role today.  Water Aid is one of Glastonbury Festival's main charities, along with Oxfam and Greenpeace, and has lobbied successfully for water and sanitation to be declared as human rights.  Water Aid now helps over one million people a year gain access to these rights. 

But diseases related to unsafe water and sanitation still kill 4000 children per day.  Water Aid is committed to educating communities in how to prevent the spread of diseases.  Access to clean water, hand-washing facilities and improved sanitation can reduce childhood deaths from diarrhoea by 40%. 

Water Aid always aims to use sustainable low cost technologies appropriate to the geographical conditions and the financial and technical capacity of the community.  The technology uses locally sourced materials, and communities are involved throughout the process from the set-up to operation and maintenance.  Different communities will have different needs, and Water Aid is able to provide a variety of solutions.  These range from rainwater harvesting, whre water is collected from specially-cleaned roofs and directed into a storage tank, to tapping freshwater springs and either collecting the water at source or using gravity-fed schemes to pipe it downhill for storage.  Costs vary depending on the level of machinery, length of pipelines etc.  However, the most common method of accessing groundwater is via hand-dug wells.  To prevent the spread of disease, the wells are lined and given additional features such as drainage and coverings.

Hygienic toilet facilities are just as important as access to clean water.  Options vary from dry-pit latrines to composting latrines where, after it has been filled, the contents, once properly decomposed, can be used as compost. 

In urban areas, the principal aim of Water Aid is to connect slum communities to the city's water sanitation pipes, by negotiating with local government and water companies.

Unfortunately, water tables in manya reas of the world are falling substantially due to over-abstraction of water by industry and agriculture, and this problem will be exacerbated by climate change.  Water Aid is committed to ensureing its policies address these issues through sustainable resource management.

You can become involved with Water Aid by volunteering, becoming a speaker for the organisation, by getting involved with events, and campaigning at the likes of Glastonbury, sporting events, or events near you.  To find out more about current campaigns, including World Toilet Day, contact: Water Aid, 47-49 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JD.  Tel: +44(0)20 7793 4500, or visit:




Total Raised: £30.90

Established in 1988, the Barn Owl Trust is dedicated to conserving the barn owl and its environment.  The Trust was founded by a group of volunteers in response to a sharp decline in the barn owl species.  This decline has come about due to human activity such as intensive farming and road building, leading to a loss of crucial nesting, roosting and feeding grounds.

The Trust's early work on habitat creation involved carrying out detailed surveys that highlighted areas of habitat loss, and led to a major research project focusing on the positive benefits of barn conversion to local barn owl populations.  This in turn resulted in changes to local authority planning processes and, since then, the Barn Owl Trust has been committed to working with conservation and partner organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology, Natural England, and the RSPB, on many projects such as site enhancement schemes and nestbox workshops.  Unfortunately, due to decline of habitat, nestboxes have become crucial to the maintenance of the UK's barn owl population.  They are provided by the Trust and other conservation bodies at sites where current nesting areas are under threat, or at potential and new sites where ideal habitat and hunting ground can be created or already exists. 

As well as being engaged in training and research, much of the organisation's work is practical and includes providing quality care for casualty owls, and releasing captured birds to the wild.  The Trust responds to live emergency calls - around 250 per year - in the UK and sometimes from abroad, using a network of contacts and localised owl rehabilitators.  Their sanctuary is located in a tranquil valley near Ashburton, Devon, and is home to Baley, a tame captive-bred owl that voluntarily attends school visits.  The Barn Owl Trust website offers extensive advice on what to do if you find injured or young owls.  To find out if you can help, or simply to receive information about barn owls and their relations, contact: The Barn Owl Trust, Waterleat, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7HU.  Tel: +44(0)1364 653026.  Email:  Or visit:     


Total Raised: £30.91



Total Raised: £21.71

‘Scotland is home to over 75% of Britain’s endangered red squirrels,’ making it one of the last strongholds for this rapidly disappearing species.  Over the past eight years, with the help of a dedicated network of farmers, foresters and local enthusiasts, the Red Squirrels in South Scotland project has identified twenty-four ‘Red Squirrel Priority Woodlands.’  The priority areas each have three kilometre buffer zones.  RSSS aims to manage and protect each area, reintroducing tree species that will provide the red squirrel populations with long term and reliable sources of food.

Major threats to the red squirrel population include road traffic (particularly on those bordered by woodland), predators such as cats, pine martins and birds of prey, and changes in woodland habitats.  In the first half of the twentieth century, large scale felling of woodlands in the UK meant the complete loss of some plantations of Scots pine and Norwegian spruce.  Of those which were later replaces, the tree introduced, such as Sitka spruce, were less favourable to red squirrels.  Remaining woodlands have since become fragmented, with a 52.5% reduction in hedgerows resulting in isolation of populations and further risks when the red squirrels have to cross open areas to find food.  However, by far the greatest threat to red squirrels has been the introduction (through no fault of its own) of the grey squirrel to the UK in the late nineteenth century.  Both species rely on similar habitats and food sources, but the ability of grey squirrels to digest some foods that the red cannot, gives them a competitive advantage and, over the years, they have supplanted the red squirrel in most of its habitats. 

But now red squirrels face a new and deadly threat from their old enemy, the grey: the Squirrel pox virus.  This virus, carried by grey squirrels from England, now constitutes, ‘the single largest threat’ to the red squirrel population.  Although harmless to greys, it is lethal to reds, killing them in two weeks.  Unfortunately, the rate at which grey squirrels are now displacing reds means that researchers are running out of time to develop a vaccine.  At the moment, RSSS adopts a trapping and culling programme in respect of grey squirrels found in the protected areas.  However, this is a temporary measure to enable red squirrels to survive long enough for non-lethal protective measures to be put in place.  If you would like to know any more about this or any other ways to support the organisation contact: Karen Ramoo, Project Co-ordinator, Red Squirrels in South Scotland, Studio 2, Lindean Hill, Galashiels, TD1 3PE.  Email:, Tel: 01750 23446.  Or visit the website:



Total Raised: £21.71

Butterfly Conservation Scotland is a branch of the UK registered charity, Butterfly Conservation.  Although Scotland makes up 30% of the UK, it has less than 10% of the population.  This means Scotland has large areas of unspoilt countryside where populations of butterfly threatened elsewhere in the UK can thrive eg. the Pearl-bordered Fritillary.  Some of Scotland’s key species such as Large Heath, Mountain Ringlet, Mountain Burnet and Northern Dart, are under threat.  These species are important indicators of climate change and it is very important they are monitored.  By contrast to the rest of the UK, Scotland has few people on the ground identifying and recording butterfly populations and trends.  Nationwide, there are over 10,000 volunteers involved in monitoring and recording local species.  The information gathered in these programmes is used by governments and organisations at UK and international levels.  It helps focus conservation work where it is needed and also assists in measuring the success of current conservation efforts.  Anyone can take part by gathering data in specific areas and recording any changes that may occur.  The Big Butterfly Count is carried out annually across the UK, and helps assess the environmental health of the nation, using butterflies as indicators of biodiversity.  To join in, simply visit the project website and record local sightings in parks, gardens and public spaces.

Currently, more people are needed in Scotland.  At the moment, Butterfly Conservation Scotland is working with Scottish National Heritage and the Scottish Forest Strategy to restore habitat sites for several UK threatened species, including the Marsh Fritillary, the Slender Scotch Burnet Moth and the Chequered Skipper.  Scrub clearance has created new habitats in Dumfries and Galloway, and the island of Ulva.  In particular, the Scotch Burnet Moth is found nowhere else apart from a few sites in Mull and Ulva, currently threatened by a non-native cotoneaster.  Landowners, contractors and volunteers are helping manage this environmentally sensitive site.  Recently, Butterfly Conservation Scotland has met with success surveying and improving urban green sites in Glasgow in the BIG (biodiversity in Glasgow) project.  Other projects have focused on surveys in the Cairngorms, Argyll, and the Highlands and Islands.  If you’d like to get involved on the ground with BCS, contact the Stirling office at: Balallan House, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, FK8 2QG.  Email: Tel: 01786 447753.  Web:  Or contact the national website to find out how to help elsewhere in the UK.


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