Adopt a Species

Monday 12th October 2015

Please will you support Essex Wildlife Trust’s appeal by adopting one of your county’s special species. Save today’s wildlife for tomorrow and give a unique present – a truly special gift for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and any important celebration.

Adopt a species now!

Visit our Just Giving page to donate online.

We need to raise funds to enable us to increase our conservation work across the county. Every £20 you donate will enable us to do even more work for each of these special species.

In return you or your recipient will receive a gift certificate and a special enamelled badge of your chosen species. You will both be invited to an event or talk held about your chosen species, led by one of the Trust’s specialists.

A fantastic present for yourself, a friend or any member of your family.

The species up for adoption this year are: 

Water Vole
Few animals are as cute as the Water Vole, with its short fuzzy ears, portly face and fluffy fur. It was brought to life as ‘Ratty’ in ‘the Wind in the Willows’. What was once a familiar sight in the Essex countryside is now our fastest declining species. Our Water for Wildlife Officer has been successfully working across the county with landowners to improve conditions for the Water Vole and numbers have begun to improve! Essex Wildlife Trust has also worked on a number of our own reserves to improve them for this important species – please support this appeal and make sure ‘Ratty’ does not become more fiction than fact. Come to an event led by our Water for Wildlife Officer, enjoy a really informative talk and then be led on a walk to look for signs of a Water Vole – or maybe even see a vole.

Brown Hare
The once common Brown Hare has seen a dramatic decline in numbers – the sight of Hares boxing or behaving as ‘mad as a march hare’ are rare. We are working on all of our farms and other reserves to encourage and improve the numbers of Hares. Our nature reserves and farms offer safe habitats for this spectacular species. Help us to ensure that ‘hare today, gone tomorrow’ does not happen. We hold the Brown Hare event at Blue House Farm and last year everyone who attended got to see this wonderful species. Please come and join us for a fantastic wildlife walk in a spectacular setting.

Barn Owl
With its enchanting face and translucent wings that fan the evening light, the Barn Owl is the perfection of pale beauty and a privilege to behold. Few species can enthral like these extraordinary owls, but they are scarce in Essex. Essex Wildlife Trust is working across a number of Living Landscapes to provide nesting boxes for the iconic Barn Owl and to manage grasslands, to provide the ideal habitat for small mammals which are a Barn Owl’s staple diet. Come along to Blue House Farm, enjoy a rejuvenating walk and see our webcam Barn Owls, hopefully hunting to feed their chicks.

Once a familiar sound in most gardens and grasslands in the county, our bees are in decline. The reports in the media have emphasised the plight of the Bumblebee. The importance of this insect pollinator cannot be underestimated. They are a fundamental part of our eco-system. At Abbotts Hall Farm the field margins have been improved enormously and there are many pollen-rich plants for bees to flourish. A fascinating event will be held at Abbotts Hall Farm where you and your recipient can learn about Bumblebee species, pollination and how to improve your own gardens for bees.

Common Newt
Discover more about the fascinating newt – our ‘water dragons’ and the other amphibians and invertebrates that you can encounter in even the smallest pond in your garden or out in the countryside. Join our expert guide who can help you learn more about the newts’ fascinating life cycles and how you can create the right conditions for newts and pond life to thrive in your garden. You and your recipient can both enjoy pond dipping at the event and identify the creatures who live in our ponds. The number of ponds and the wildlife they contain have declined hugely over past decades and it’s often gardens where there is the greatest density of ponds and their associated wildlife.

Exmoor Pony
Essex Wildlife Trust has six Exmoor Ponies. These hardy, handsome and endangered ponies spend their time successfully grazing Tiptree Heath, with interludes at our Langdon nature reserve. Thanks to these ponies, a rare breed, we can graze our reserves in the traditional way for the benefit of wildlife. By adopting an Exmoor Pony you are helping us to manage grassland and heathland for wildlife. Our event is on Tiptree Heath and you will have a talk and walk led by our warden and an expert from the Exmoor Pony Society.

How to support the Adopt A Species Appeal

Adopting a species could not be easier.

By Phone
You can donate by debit or credit card. Simply phone 01621 862964 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

Through Just Giving, Essex Wildlife Trust - Adopt a Species

By Post
Download an application form Adopt a Species Application Form and send a cheque to Essex Wildlife Trust, Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ. (Please make cheques payable to Essex Wildlife Trust)

Please supply:

  • Your name, address, postcode, telephone number and email address.
  • Indicate which species you would like to adopt: Water Vole, Brown Hare, Barn Owl, Bumblebee, Common Newt, Exmoor Pony.
  • Which type of certificate would you like? General gift, Christmas, In memory of, Birthday or Other (please state).
  • Recipient name, address and postcode. (The certificate will be sent to the recipient).

You will both be welcome to attend an Essex Wildlife Trust-led wildlife talk/walk in 2016.

Thank you for your support.


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EWT Adopt a Species Leaflet 2015.pdf1.66 MB