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Wild Christmas gifts

Monday 27th November 2017

Wild Christmas gift ideas from Suffolk Wildlife Trust

You can't get much for £2 these days, so Suffolk Wildlife Trust is hoping the opportunity to support a piece of a brand new nature reserve in the Broads National Park from only £2 will be the perfect 'good gift' this Christmas.

The Trust is more than three-quarters of the way to meeting a £1million fundraising target to buy land that will link three existing nature reserves and create a 1000 acre wilderness on the edge of Lowestoft. The campaign has been backed by Sir David Attenborough who said: "England’s wildlife is under great and ever-growing pressure. It is vital that we restore our land on a landscape scale so that it can support more wild plants and animals. Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s ambition to extend Carlton and Oulton Marshes is a unique opportunity to do just this and it has my whole-hearted support."

The Trust hopes as many people as possible can help them reach the target by supporting a piece or the reserve as a Christmas gift. Simply choose how many square metres of land you want to support, enter details of the recipient and print or send the personalised certificate. Each square metre costs £2.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust development manager Michael Strand said: "It's nice to give a gift that genuinely gives back. However you choose to support the Trust you can do it confident in the knowledge that each gift will delight the recipient and help Suffolk's wildlife - and let's face it, who wouldn't want a piece of a brand new nature reserve in their stocking!"


More gift ideas

Visit Lackford Lakes or browse the online shop to see the full range of gift ideas. Stocking fillers include species sponsorship and gift vouchers for an evening at the badger hide, or a voucher for a conservation course (hedgehog ecology looks good!). More traditional options include bird food and binoculars.

  
Dormouse and hedgehog species sponsorship stocking fillers at £5 each

Gift membership

Undoubtedly the best way to support Suffolk Wildlife Trust's work in the longer term is to become a member. Members are the backbone of the charity, their support ensuring all its nature reserves are cared for and free for everyone to visit. Gift membership starts from £4/month for which recipients will be sent a welcome pack featuring a beautiful book detailing all 50 of the Trust's nature reserves. Members also receive a copy of Suffolk Wildlife magazine and What's On activity listing three times a year. Young members enjoy a dedicated Wildlife Watch welcome pack and a thrice-yearly magazine mailing.


Wildlife Watch magazine for young members

 

 

 

Don't forget the Christmas cards

Each year the Trust partners with leading wildlife artists to create a special collection of Christmas cards based on original artworks. This year there are 14 designs to choose from and they too are available to order online, from its Lackford Lakes visitor centre and in the network of Cards for Good Causes shops.


Bringing Back the Tree, linocut by Angela Harding

 


On Oulton Marshes, watercolour by Michael Coulter