There are an enormous number of charities working for wildlife conservation – there needs to be because the challenges facing them are very considerable, and increasing as they battle against the greed and drive for convenience in people.
Their task is daunting, so here are 14 ways you can support wildlife conservation charities:
- Donate! Every bit counts, however large or small. If everybody donated £5, it would make a big difference.
- Become a member. Memberships contribute towards the bottom line and you’ll receive lots of ideas of ways in which you can help, with news, appeals, events etc.
- Most wildlife charities have online newsletters you can subscribe to in order to receive information about news and events. Find out what challenges they face and what help they need to tackle them.
- Spread the word for them on social media. Some have e-cards you can send for free.
- Many have shops from which you can buy products as a way of supporting the charity of your choice. These products vary a lot but they are a great way of spreading the word and giving your support at the same time.
- Respond to appeals. Donate if you can, but certainly share. Appeals for wildlife conservation are often related to asking for help to carry out surveys, to buy and protect land, to provide equipment for volunteers, that sort of thing.
- Take part in a Buy an Acre or Sponsor an Acre scheme. These have been very successful, particular with charities such as the World Land Trust who have been able to secure and protect land all over the world to create and protect wildlife habitat.
- Adopt an animal. These make great gifts, usually lasting a year. What you get varies from one charity to another but the recipient normally receives updates and news, perhaps in the form of a newsletter etc.
- Volunteer! Most will have ways in which you can do this, usually under a heading such as Get Involved or similar.
- Fundraise – all the wildlife charities need people who can help raise funds to support their efforts.
- Take part in surveys. Many wildlife charities run these, such as the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts.
- Find out what is happening in your area to help wildlife. There will be more going on than you can imagine.
- Leave a legacy in your will to a wildlife conservation charity.
- See if your preferred charity has a wish list. Many have these on their website and you can often provide items through Amazon