Covid-19 Appeal

Help support wildlife during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Tewinbury Nature Reserve (c) Josh Kubale

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has faced many challenges to the way we work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we currently expect to lose at least £270,000 of our expected income for the year as a direct result of the outbreak. 

Where we can, we have adapted quickly to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic but we have been obliged to cancel many of the activities needed to fund our work. The impact this is having on our finances is unprecedented. But together, with your support, we can get through this.

Help support wildlife during the COVID-19 outbreak

Large blue butterfly

Donate £10

£10 can help us to care for precious wildflower meadows
Water vole (c) Terry Whittaker

Donate £25

£25 can help us to restore wetland habitats for water voles
Barn owl

Donate £50

£50 can help us to train volunteers to care for our reserves

Thanks to the support of our members and donors we are still here and still working hard to protect local wildlife. We are of course restricted in the range of activities we would usually carry out at this time, with frustrating consequences. While many people have been enjoying our Wild at Home campaign, the suspension of our events programme has had a big impact on the number of people we have been able to engage with. With venues closed and events cancelled we have far fewer places where we can talk to potential new members; your additional support now is even more important.

On top of this, many other fundraising activities have also had to be cancelled resulting in the further loss of much needed income. And all this, very sadly, at the same time that we are picking up the costs of a noticeable increase in litter, fly-tipping and vandalism on our precious nature reserves.

We currently expect to lose at least £270,000 of our expected income for the year as a direct result of the outbreak
Kestrel landing (c) Russell Savory

Kestrel landing (c) Russell Savory

A difficult time for wildlife

Our nature reserves need specialist management to ensure wildlife can thrive and that they are safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy. The significant drop we are facing in our income could mean that essential conservation work on our reserves cannot be completed and that our work to inspire people to care about wildlife could also be impacted. Both are so important to ensure that Hertfordshire and Middlesex have a diversity of wildlife for generations to come.

This situation has come at a vital time for wildlife, when we are facing both an ecological and a climate crisis. The Trust’s recent Hertfordshire’s State of Nature report showed that 19% of species in Hertfordshire were threatened with extinction. More alarmingly, the report revealed that in the last 50 years, we have lost over 70 species from the county. This makes the continuation of our work crucial if we are to protect vulnerable local species like water voles and bitterns.

Support local wildlife now

We currently expect to lose at least £270,000 of our expected income for the year as a direct result of COVID-19. Although it is hard to say now exactly how far-reaching the consequences of this will be, we want to be as transparent as possible with you: we need your help.

There is still time for us to carry out our important conservation and engagement work - and today, we must ask for your help to make sure this work can happen.

As restrictions ease over the coming months, we are developing new guidance that will support our staff and volunteers to continue to care for the wild spaces our local wildlife so desperately needs, and we hope will allow our events and engagement programme to start up again.

Large blue butterfly

Donate £10

£10 can help us to care for precious wildflower meadows
Water vole (c) Terry Whittaker

Donate £25

£25 can help us to restore wetland habitats for water voles
Barn owl

Donate £50

£50 can help us to train volunteers to care for our reserves