Conservation Gifts to keep the planet green!

Recycle your Christmas Tree!

Christmas and the holiday season are coming to an end and it's time to look to the new year!  But as you put away your decorations, what will can you do with your Chrismas tree?   Find out how to recycle your Christmas tree with tips from!
Find out how to recycle your Christmas tree with tips from

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 International Animal Rescue

Help International Animal Rescue

International Animal Rescue has an urgent appeal at the moment because COVID has really hit their fundraising efforts and the ability of volunteers to help their various projects.  They save animals from suffering, rehabilitate theme and release them back into the wild - and look after them in rescue centres if they aren't able to do this - and they work to protect their natural habitats.  They cut free and care for captive bears in India and Armenia, they rescue and rehabilitate orangutans and other primates in Indonesia and they treat injured and orphaned howler monkeys in Costa Rica.   Find out more and donate here.

Help save Chuilexi's elephants Help save Chuilexi's elephants

Fauna and Flora International have an appeal on at the moment to urgently need to train and equip rangers to help safeguard an area called R5 which is next to the very effective Chuilexi conservancy.  The area is home to whole herds of African elephants and it needs protecting from poachers.  One of their amaizng supporters is going to multiply whatever donation you & make by 3.6, so a gift of £21 would be worth £75.60 – enough to fully equip one scout.  Find out more about this appeal and how it will help elephants, and donate, here
Visit the World Land Trust and give a conservation gift Give a conservation gift with the World Land Trust
The World Land Trust has a number of ways in which you can help the planet:  you can plant a tree, buy an acre, donate to their action fund (which means they can respond urgently to conservation needs), buy Christmas cards or a calendar for 2022 from their shop or donate to their Keepers in the Wild scheme which enables many of the Trust's local conservation partners to employ local men and women as rangers, working on conservation's frontline.  Find out more about these options here.
You could make a donation to help the Wildwood Trust restore the Chough to Kent You could make a donation to help the Wildwood Trust restore the Chough to Kent
The Wildwood Trust want to return the chough to the Kent skies!  The chough is the rarest member of the crow family and is a protected species - and they have the chance of a new start.   What's more, your donation will help the Trust unlock £60,000 of match funding to make this project possible - and they need to do it by 31 January 2022.  This could be a great gift for bird and nature lovers, if you make a donation in their name.  Find out more and donate here.
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. 
 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.

 Bee Bomb - Wild Flower Seedball from Garden Wildlife Direct

Bee Bomb - Wild Flower Seedball from Garden Wildlife Direct

Bees are essential to our ecosystem and the Bee Bomb is a great way to both support them and help to restore wildflower habitats.   The Bee Bomb has 18 different wildflower species, all Perfect for Pollinators and native to Britain.  The Bee Bomb will cover 2 metres of your garden.  It's ever so easy to do - you just scatter them.  Although this isn't an experience as such, you can give someone the gift of helping bees and other pollinators with your gift - it could make a great stocking filler or Secret Santa!  For £6.99 from Garden Wildlife Direct

For the Love of Bees Gift Pack from Natural Collection

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.  Natural Collection have something to encourage the bees in your garden - it's called For the Love of Bees Gift Pack (pictured left).  For £32.00, this gift pack includes The Bee Barn (17.5 × 11 × 21 cm), Natural Nesting Hay,  a pack of nectar rich Wildflower Seeds and the latest Conservation Guide on Bees, all packed in a recyclable gift box!  There are also For the Love of gift packs for birds, butterflies, hedgehogs, and the environment.   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 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...