Conservation enthusiasts are being encouraged to act locally to help fight the climate change and ecological crises we are faced with by taking out half price membership in January, to join Dorset Wildlife Trust – Dorset’s largest conservation charity.

With the support of 27,000 members, DWT manages and protects 42 nature reserves across the county, runs 5 visitor centres and works to stand up for wildlife, both on-land and in the sea. One of the ways DWT does this is by commenting on planning applications. During 2018 and 2019 ,100 planning applications were responded to to ensure wildlife isn’t damaged during development.

During the last year, other highlights included finding Dormice on the Nunnery Mead nature reserve for the first time, celebrating the designation of six new Marine Conservation Zones (in Dorset, and gaining volunteer support to provide 1,640 days of work completed on DWT nature reserves in Dorset.

DWT Supporter Care Manager, James Haldane, said, “Support from regular donations by DWT’s members is vital for us to continue conservation work in Dorset. It’s our only reliable source of income, and we’re keen to grow membership even more in 2020 to help give wildlife a fighting chance during the current ecological crisis. Dorset has lost 20per-cent of our bee species, four species of butterfly and 2.per-cent of all species ever recorded in the county..”

This offer is valid –until 31st January. A year’s membership will start from £18 for individual membership (was £36), £21 for joint membership (was £42) and family membership £24 (was £48).

Other benefits to becoming a member of DWT include receiving the Dorset Wildlife Magazine, Dorset Wildlife and events guide three times a year, a guide to all our nature reserves in Dorset, a car sticker, sign up to e-newsletters with wildlife news and information. If you purchase a family membership, children will also become part of the Wildlife Watch community and receive a Wildlife Watch handbook, 4 issues of the Wildlife Watch magazine a year, stickers, a badge and an A2 poster.

To sign up for half price membership from with Dorset Wildlife Trust, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/halfpricemembership2020

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