Adopt a Species

Thursday 17th November 2016

Barn Owl - Photo: Peter Bowden

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.



We need to raise vital funds to enable us to do more important conservation work in Essex. Every £20 you donate will enable us to do even more work for each of these special species.

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

For a suggested donation of £20 the recipient will receive a gift certificate, a lovely pin-badge and you will both be invited to a special event led by an Essex Wildlife Trust expert!

The 6 species available for adoption this year are: 

The Hedgehog

Small, round, brown and famously covered in spines, the Hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild mammals. Hedgehogs are declining across the country. Come to an informative event led by Essex Wildlife Trust’s CEO, to learn more about this important species and what you can do in your gardens to encourage them. This event will be held at Abbotts Hall Farm.

The Badger

The Badger is beautiful, but because it is nocturnal and elusive,you do not often get the opportunity to see them. There are good numbers of Badgers in Essex, in certain parts of the county. They live in large family groups in a burrow system known as a ‘sett’. Cubs are born in January or February, but spend the first two or three months underground, only emerging in the spring. Come along to our Badger event; learn more about Badgers and you may even get the chance to see one in its natural setting. This event will be held at Fingringhoe Wick, often described as ‘the jewel in the Trust’s crown’.

The Barn Owl

The Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project, led by Essex Wildlife Trust, has resulted in increased numbers of chicks across Essex. We have been working with many landowners, putting up nest boxes and monitoring the boxes. The event at Blue House Farm gives you the chance to see this mesmerising owl hunting for food. A guided walk at Blue House Farm is great for recharging your batteries and seeing some fantastic wildlife on the Crouch Estuary.

The Brent Goose

Our smallest goose, the Brent Goose has a grey-brown back, and black neck and head with just a small white patch on the neck. It’s an important Essex species. Brent Geese gather in large flocks of hundreds or more and, like other geese, fly in big groups called ‘skeins’. You can often hear Brent Geese before you see them. Come for an exhilarating walk at Blue House Farm, see and hear this fantastic species for yourself and learn more about them.

The Exmoor Pony

These hardy, endangered ponies graze Tiptree Heath, where the traditional management of grazing is having a really positive impact on the largest remaining lowland heathland in Essex. The Exmoors are excellent for browsing saplings, bramble and scrub; they are also a really handsome rare British breed. The Exmoor Pony event will be held on Tiptree Heath where you will learn about these beautiful ponies, the vital grazing they do to maintain the heath, and the wildlife on Tiptree Heath.

The Water Vole

Our fastest declining mammal was once a familiar sight in the English countryside. With their cute portly face and fluffy fur they are a favourite British mammal. For the first time in many years, due to the work of our Water for Wildlife Officer and many landowners, the Water Vole has started to recover in Essex. Come to the Water Vole event at Abbotts Hall Farm and learn more about them from a real expert.

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: Hedgehog, Badger, Barn Owl, Exmoor Pony, Brent Goose or Water Vole.
  • 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).

Thank you for your support.


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