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Let’s plant more havens for wildlife

The fortunes of some of our best loved wildlife are changing for the better thanks to hard work by conservationists. Ospreys, purple emperors and pine martens are all on the rise. But that’s only half the story. Sadly, lots of our nation’s wonderful wildlife, including mammals, birds, bats and insects, remains in serious trouble. With your help, there’s still time to save them.

The good news

Ospreys flying high

After years of persecution, the UK had lost all its breeding osprey pairs by 1916. Remarkably, they returned by natural recolonisation in 1954.

Ospreys are flying high again after years of conservation work (Photo: North East Wildlife Photography)
Ospreys are flying high again after years of conservation work (Photo: North East Wildlife Photography)

Now thanks to decades of work reintroducing this magnificent bird and protecting its habitat, we have more than 300 breeding pairs. They include Louis and Aila, who adopted the nest we prepared in Loch Arkaig, a pine forest in the Scottish Highlands that’s now under our protection. The pair successfully raised their first chick in 2017, watched worldwide by thousands on the ospreycam we set up. Thanks to our generous members, we’ve built two new nest platforms in the area and have plans for more to give these beautiful birds a helping hand. 

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Chick Lachlan tries to help his first-time parents, Louis and Aila, with some housekeeping in 2017 (Video: WTML)

Butterflies spreading their wings

The purple emperor is one of the rarest and largest butterflies in the UK. Loss of valuable ancient woodland habitat caused the population to decline, but now it’s found in more wild places than 10 years ago. This unmistakeable species can now be found at five of our woods in the South of England, including Tring Park, Cadora Woods and Piddington Wood

Spending most of its time in the high canopy of broadleaved woods, our tree planting work is important for the future of this stunning creature. You can help it spread its wings further by supporting our tree planting work.

The purple emperor is expanding its kingdom again (Photo: Peter Eeles)
The purple emperor is expanding its kingdom again (Photo: Peter Eeles)

Pine marten revival

Once the second most common carnivore in Britain, these days the pine marten is one of the rarest.

But together with other conservationists we’re battling to preserve this threatened species - and numbers are on the rise again. We know pine martens are making their homes in our woods, including Coed Hafod y LlynGlen Devon WoodlandsAbriachan and Ledmore and Migdale.

Following decades of research, 51 pine martens have been carefully moved from healthy populations in Scotland to Welsh forests, where they are breeding successfully.

Without your support, none of this work would be possible. 

This iconic woodland species was once common in the UK. Though this is no longer the case, there is hope for its future (Photo: Anne Marie Kalus/Flickr)
This iconic woodland species was once common in the UK. Though this is no longer the case, there is hope for its future (Photo: Anne Marie Kalus/Flickr)

The bad news

Our wildlife is in trouble

Not all species are enjoying the same comeback as the pine marten, purple emperor and osprey. Many, many more are vulnerable, including hedgehogs, dormice, red squirrels, stag beetles, barbastelle bats and nightingales. If they disappear from our towns and countryside, it’s hard to come back.

A key factor in their decline is habitat loss, damage and destruction. Lack of food and shelter provided by woods, trees and other habitats is a huge problem for our precious wildlife. Many species are facing a crisis and desperately need our help. Don’t let this be the end of their story. You can stop this.

The hazel dormouse is fascinating but increasingly rare - it has already disappeared from much of the UK (Photo: Arco Images GmBH/Alamy)
The hazel dormouse is fascinating but increasingly rare - it has already disappeared from much of the UK (Photo: Arco Images GmBH/Alamy)

Help us defend our threatened wildlife

As the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, we’re working hard to reverse the decline for our struggling species. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife.

We’re out there right now creating a brighter future for the wildlife we all love, one tree at a time. In 2017, we spent £16m creating woods and places rich in trees. We couldn’t do this work without you - our generous members, volunteers, donors and sponsors.

We’re making all the difference we can. But we need to do more. We all need to step up and get more trees in the ground as soon as possible. We need you, before it’s too late.

Planting millions of trees each year creates vital sanctuaries for wildlife. New woodland matures to become the habitat of the future, giving wildlife space to thrive.

Your support is crucial to our tree planting work. With your help, we were able to plant 2.5 million native trees last year.

Become a member today. Together we can plant the trees vital to our own wellbeing and create even more havens for wildlife. Together we can save them and protect their future.

Help us defend our threatened wildlife

Become a member for as little as 13p a day