Conservation Gifts to keep the planet green!

 

Wildlife conservation gifts

The great thing about giving wildlife conservation gifts is that both people and animals benefit.  These really are win-win gifts, and perfect for people who have everything or for nature lovers who want to make a difference & cares about animals.  The animals win, you spend your money on something worthwhile - and the recipient knows they have a meaningful gift to help wildlife. 

Wildlife conservation is not about saving animals individually, but about saving their habitat - the areas and homes in which they live - and creating conditions in which they can safely thrive.   The other thing to say is that you don't need to spend a great deal to make a difference to wildlife :-) 

Support the 21 for 21 Initiative Support the 21 for 21 Initiative

I absolutely LOVE this initiative!  You know when you know there are a whole range of things you could support and you just don't know which one to go for?  Well, Explorers Against Extinction have come up with a fantastic fundraising idea - you give £21 and support 21 projects!  Each project gets £1.  You could give £42 and each project gets £2 etc etc.  The projects are around the world and you could if you want support one instead of the 21.....  From rhinos to turtles, seagrass to gorillas, pangolins to big cats, bears, koalas, albatrosses, dolphins and more - and you could support the lot with just £21.  Find out more here
Help the World Land Trust save Borneo's orangutan corridors Help the World Land Trust save Borneo's orangutan corridors

The World Land Trust have launched an appeal (Friday 18 June 2021) to ask for support in saving Borneo's Orangutan Corridors.  80% of the forest has already been lost and the number of orangutans is down to about 800, compared with 20,000 who lived there 100 years ago.   The World Land Trust has the opportunity to connect forest fragments and thus secure key habitat for many speices who are threatened by habitat loss, the illegal wildlife trade and wildlife-human conflict.  The charity's partner HUTAN can safeguard 2 areas as part of a wilder network of areas that are protected.  Every acre matters.  Please find out more and donate here.  (The picture left is ©World Land Trust)
Help protect the wildlife in Vietnam Help protect the wildlife in Vietnam

There's an area of jungle in Vietnam called Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (PNKB for short).   Its limestone hills and temperate forest are home to a wild range of wildlife from gibbons and geckos, pygmy lorises and bears.   It may even be home to Sunda pangolins.  But this area is at risk from illegal logging, so Fauna and Flora International (FFI) have a campaign to raise funds to put rangers in the field and protect the wildlife there.  And they have an amazing match on at the moment - a one fantastic donor is matching the donations you and I make 10 times over!  If you give £30, your donation will be matched 10 times!   Find out more and donate here.  (The picture left is ©Fauna and Flora International.)
 Find out about Durrell's current appeals Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

If you're looking for a gift for someone who loved the series The Durrells as well as having an interest in conservation, why not make a donation to one of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's appeals?  They have two at the moment:  to help rescue Mauritian Wildlife after a terrible oil spill, to save the Atlantic Forest.  Another is to save Durrell itself and keep it going.  Find out more here. 
Help the animals at ZSL London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo

Help the animals at ZSL London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo

Both zoos have had to close, due to the coronavirus.   And the animals need our help.   You could make a donation, give a gift membership, buy tickets for future use or adopt an animal to help the zoos.  They undertake a great deal of conservation work in the wild, too.  Donations made by 4th January 2021 will be doubled, which will double your impact.  Find out more

 Support nature as you shop with the RSPB

From the RSPB Online Shop 

Give them a home, and they will come, as the RSPB advert says.  The RSPB Shop has everything the wildlife in your garden need from bird baths and bird nest boxes to bird food and feeders, and products for wildlife too - hedgehogs, bees, bats and frogs.  We bought two of these Nature Oasis bird bath and drinkers for our garden and we love their look - the wildlife love them too! The RSPB also has a lots of bird food so you can stock up for winter while you're doing your shopping!  There are also calendars and diaries, gifts for children, homewares and gifts, Christmas cards, fashion, binoculars and scopes and books.  Fly away to the RSPB Shop now and support nature as you shop!  

Give a Gift that will keep on growing

Dedicate a Tree Gift Certificate

Plant a tree and give a gift which will just keep growing!  A native tree will be planted by Trees for Life in the Scottish Highlands - and that will help create a home for wildlife and create forests for the future.  The recipient receives a colourful certificate personalied with your own message either in the post or by email.  Each certificate includes one tree - you can add more trees for £6 each.  From £17.99.  Visit Trees for Life's website
Saving Devon's Special Species Saving Devon's Special Species

Help 12 of the Special Species found on Devon Wildlife Trust's nature reserves with a Christmas gift for wildlife!  Your gift will help maintain hedges to benefit dormice, threatened birds and rare trees, and ensure that heathlands, meadows and wetlands are managed to support the life cycle of declining butterflies, damselflies and other insects.   Find out more here.
Adopt a Panda

Adopt a Panda

Into the Blue have a range of animal adoption schemes, including Adopt a Panda.   The handy thing about this adoption is that you can adopt a panda with US charity Pandas International.  Pandas International works closely with Bifengxia Panda Centre outside Ya’an city in central China.  The centre has nearly 1000 acres of land purely dedicated to pandas.  The project aims to reconstruct habitat, give veterinary care, there's a captive breeding programme and research to understand more about panda nutrition and behaviour.  Ultimately, the goal is to re-introduce adopted pandas into the wild.   Be a part of this journey for pandas and adopt a panda!  From £20 with Into the Blue.

 Give a conservation gift from the Woodland Trust

Give a bug a home

In just 12 years, bare land could be turned into thriving native woodland, with trees big enough to give important bugs an insects a home where they can live and thrive.  The funds raised from this product will go towards helping to create, restore and protect native UK woodland.  From £16.50 from the Woodland Trust

Take a look at Natural Collection's wildlife products here

Gift ideas for the wildlife in your garden

There's plenty of gift ideas you can give to encourage wildlife into your garden such a hedgehog House or a bird bath, a bird feeder, a squirrel feeder, hedgehog food, or a place for bees, bugs and butterflies.  Take a look at Natural Collection's ideas for garden wildlife.

Spread wildflowers about in the garden

Spread wildflowers about in the garden 

The wild flowers called Sunshine in a Bag are from a company called Tree2mydoor.com who send trees online as gifts in the same way that florists send flowers.  Send a tree instead or some wildflowers! 

You could also adopt a flower 

Support a Wildlife Trust Appeal

Support a Wildlife Trust Appeal

There are 46 Wildlife Trusts, including one in the island of Alderney, and many have appeals you can donate to.  You could find the one that's closest to your loved one or one which is an area that means a lot to them, and either donate to a local appeal if there's one going or support them in some way e.g. giving a membership, buying something from their shop, adopting an animal.  The possibilites are endless so hop off to the Wildlife Trusts main website and do some exploring online!  

Find a virtual gift to help animals around the world

Find a virtual gift to help animals around the world

Our sister website Animals Charities has a number of virtual gift ideas you can give to help animals around the world, mainly wildlife such as bears, big cats, squirrels, frogs, swans, deer, snakes, insects and a whole lot more!  Canter off for some ideas...

Protect their favourite species

If your loved one prefers smaller animals, and is fascinated by creepy crawlies, you could look at gifts from Bug Life or if they prefer animals that fly, you could look at the Butterfly Conservation shop.   And if they are into amphibians, you could go to Froglife.    Animal adoptions are also a great way to support wildlife conservation charities and for recipients to discover all about the work being done to help wildlife.  How about adopting a Giant Tortoise from the Galapagos Conservation Trust?

Save the habitat of one animal, and you save it for thousands or even millions

Within one acre there will be one animal which stands out - such as the jaguar, the polar bear, the elephant. Within this one acre are millions of animals & plants, all linked within the natural world of which we are a part. Help one acre, or one animal, and you help many more. 

The one species acts as an umbrella over all those underneath, hence the term umbrella species. Protect the habitat of the polar bear, and you protect the habitat of all the animals in his food chain and in his ecosystem.