Can you help get us the tools for the job?
The management of our 120 wildlife reserves is at risk with an urgent need to replace a range of vital equipment – can you help?
As the last of the autumn leaves drop and temperatures fall, our reserve managers’ thoughts turn to woodland management. But, before we start such vital work, we must first check, repair or replace the equipment that makes it possible.
Can you make sure our staff and volunteers have the tools for the job by making a gift today?
Reserve staff and volunteers work so hard to protect our precious reserves
Our staff are fortunate to have the support of a small army of dedicated volunteers. These hardy souls valiantly turn up in all weathers and make a real difference to our most special places. Take Carron Glen for example. Here, midway between Cumbernauld and Stirling, native oak and ash cling to the steep-sided gorge carved out by the River Carron. The reserve is a haven for woodland birds whilst the river provides prime fishing for dippers and kingfishers.
Staff and volunteers have been beavering away to manage the woodland – removing non-native species, repairing bird and bat boxes and felling dangerously diseased trees. Their hard work improves the health of this precious fragment of ancient woodland and keeps safe paths open for visitors to enjoy the site.
Across our network of reserves £17,000 is needed to replace old and worn out equipment – from strimmers to saws to mallets and everything in between.
Our purse strings have been particularly tight in recent years and there is a pressing need to replace some of our chainsaws. We would like to swap the old petrol-fuelled types with battery driven versions where practicable.