Your gift package will include a personalised gift certificate, a double-sided illustrated A4 fact sheet and a photograph of a hedgehog, barn owl, dormouse or an ancient Stiperstones holly. The cost is £20 per adoption and your gift will support conservation work on our nature reserves throughout Shropshire, improving habitats for wildlife.
Please note that our hedgehog adoption packs are only available to people living in the UK.
A pine marten
Pine martens are an attractive, tree dwelling member of the badger and weasel family of mammals. They were considered to be extinct in much of England for over a century, due to hunting and loss of their preferred woodland habitat. That was until 2015, when pine martens were discovered living in a wood in south Shropshire; the first recorded in the county since 1893! The Shropshire pine martens have survived because there is still plenty of suitable woodland to offer cover and food in the area we have found them in, but they will only continue to survive here if that habitat is cared for and preserved. It is our aim to study the population here, whilst working with owners of woodland to ensure that they manage their land with pine martens in mind.
With their big black eyes, furry tails and golden brown fur, dormice are gorgeous creatures – but you are very unlikely ever to see one. They sleep for around seven months of the year, emerging at night during spring and summer to forage for food high in the trees. Dormice are much rarer than they used to be, mainly because of habitat loss.
We manage several of our woodland nature reserves for dormice, ensuring that hazel is left to grow tall and blackberries and hedgerow fruits are encouraged. Where possible, we plant hedgerows to connect known dormice sites to prevent colonies becoming isolated and fragmented. We are keen to do more for dormice and with your help we can buy and install nest boxes for them, providing ideal places for them to raise their young.
A barn owl
Barn owl numbers plummeted across the UK in the last 70 years of the 20th century. In Shropshire their population halved. Owls need a good supply of voles to hunt and voles need rough grassland, a kind of habitat which has disappeared from much of our tidy, intensively managed landscape. Nesting places have also grown hard to find.
Through the barn owl adoption scheme, we install barn owl nest boxes on suitable nature reserves and give these charismatic birds a chance to breed. Several of our nature reserves have good grassland with plentiful voles, ideal for barn owls.
The oldest surviving holly grove in Europe is on the Stiperstones. Cracked, gnarled and windswept, some are thought to be three or four centuries old. Cracked, gnarled and windswept, two hundred or so ancient holly trees grow here. Some are thought to be three or four centuries old, amazingly long-lived for holly. Each of these trees has developed highly individual characteristics over their long lives.
The trees are still vibrant and beautiful, though some are showing their age and suffering from past pressures of livestock grazing. Through careful management of livestock and selective fencing Shropshire Wildlife Trust is giving them the best chance to recover and thrive. Your support will help us look after The Hollies nature reserve so that these marvellous old trees live on for many years to come.
Small, round, brown and covered in spines, the hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain's wild mammals. Hedgehogs are in trouble though, with fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK, down from an estimated 2 million in the mid-1990s and 36 million in the 1950s.
Across the UK Wildlife Trusts are working hard to restore habitat to benefit species like the hedgehog including the restoration of old hedgerows and planting of new ones. Last year, Shropshire Wildlife Trust staff looked after six rescued hoglets, feeding them up until they were ready to be released in the spring. This year we will take on another batch.
Adopt your local wildlife
To make a wildlife adoption please complete the form below, items marked with a red asterisk are mandatory fields. Once you press continue you will be taken to a follow up page securely hosted by Paypal to enter your card details. The following UK issued cards are accepted online - Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Visa and Visa Electron. If you wish to use a CAFCard please give us a call as we cannot process these online.
For further information call us on 01743 284280 or contact us by email. If you prefer to send us a cheque, please print off and complete the form below.
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*Please note that any adoptions requested between 22nd Dec and 4th January will not be processed until the first week of January.