The charities you need to know

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Welcome to a selection of nature-related charities you may be interested in. Simply click on a logo to find out more information about the selected charity.

Great British Bee Count

Web: | Email: | Phone: 020 7490 1555

Help reverse the decline of bees. Since 1900, the UK has lost 20 species of bee, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count invites the public to discover the wonderful world of bees by using a free app to record different species. The citizen science initiative will help experts better understand the status of solitary bees and bumblebees in the UK, including some conservation priority species.


British Trust for Ornithology

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01842 750050

Watch spring unfold in your garden! Help inform conservation by joining the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). This spring, new members will receive a free first-year subscription to Garden BirdWatch (normally £17), which includes the BTO’s Garden Birds and other wildlife books to help you understand, identify and record the birds visiting your garden.


Animals Asia

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01752 224424

Bear bile farming is arguably the world’s cruellest form of animal abuse. Moon bears are confined for years in tiny cages, which offer no respite from excruciating pain, and where they eventually die. Since they were cubs, they will have had agonising catheters in their abdomens and been kept in a perpetual state of hunger and dehydration to maximise bile production. The 11,200 bile bears in China and Vietnam must yearn for death, but Animals Asia offers them hope and has rescued around 600 bears to date. The charity’s incredible veterinary teams bring them back to life and they then live peacefully in Animal Asia’s sanctuaries. It also does huge amounts of work across China on the dog and cat meat trade and is pioneering work to end the use of animals in tourism across Asia.


Gearing Up 4 Gorillas

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01725 553149

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G) focuses all its efforts on the conservation of mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The charity provides equipment and funding to support the dedicated rangers who protect these mountain gorillas and the orphan gorillas at the Senkwekwe Centre. It also funds the vital ‘Gorilla Doctors’ providing veterinary care. Follow their work at @GearingUp4Gorillas.


The Seahorse Trust

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01404 822373

Help raise funds for the Seahorse Trust’s conservation, education and research by using Help Freely, Virgin Giving, eBay, Everyclick and The Big Give. Or, why not become a member or adopt a seahorse by visiting and signing up today?


Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01626 872234

The Shaldon Wildlife Trust helps preserve some of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world. Supporting conservation projects worldwide, it is also a training centre for young conservation students. It’s the small zoo making a big difference, highlighting the way small actions can have a direct and positive impact on biodiversity.


Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers. Sadly, in the last 80 years, an astonishing 97% of our wildflower habitat has disappeared from the countryside, which has left bumblebees little to feed upon and is strongly correlated with range declines in bumblebees. The UK is home to 25 species of bumblebee, however eight are now endangered and two are already extinct. You can support the Trust by signing up for our e-newsletter for the latest news, volunteering opportunities, our latest membership options or even how to become a BeeWalker. You too can help save the sound of summer!


Tiger Awareness

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01162 761221

Tiger Awareness is a UK-registered charity that works for tiger conservation in India. It works with local communities via education, healthcare and ‘tiger squads’. The charity also supports the forest staff with anti-poaching dogs, solar lights, medical camps and torches. Find out more about it on the website.


The Mammal Society

Web: | Email: | Phone: 02380 010981

The Mammal Society promotes evidence-based conservation to help UK mammals. It delivers training courses, produces good practice conservation handbooks and undertakes scientific research to improve conservation. Visit the website to find out more about how you can help the society conserve some of the UK's most elusive and charismatic species.


World Land Trust

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01986 874422

WLT is an international conservation charity, which protects the world's most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.


Field Studies Council

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01743 852100

FSC is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment. We believe that the more we understand about the environment, the more we can protect its diversity and beauty for future generations.


Zoological Society of Hertfordshire

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01992 470490

Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, has become the ‘Zoological Society of Hertfordshire’ (ZSH), charity (No.1108609). Paradise/ZSH have made contributions of over £5,000,000 to conservation projects and wildlife causes in the UK and around the world. Paradise are also part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme; most recently, successfully breeding jaguars. Paradise is the first zoo in Europe to receive a double Platinum Award for funds raised for the EAZA Tiger Conservation Initiative and is a Platinum Award winner for funds raised for the Lemur and Madagascan EAZA appeal. It is an active member of the British, European and World Association of Zoos (BIAZA, EAZA & WAZA).


The Deep

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01482 381000

The Deep is primarily an education and conservation charity and as such, conservation is at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to help raise public awareness of marine conservation issues of national and global significance, and at any one time we have multiple research and conservation projects up and running. The Deep crew are passionate about protecting the oceans and the species that live within, so our projects all focus on the aquatic environment. From protecting endangered penguins in Antarctica, to monitoring Manta Ray populations in the Red Sea or safeguarding the future of endangered animals, our dedicated team of aquarists are carrying out pioneering work.


Butterfly Conservation

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01929 400209

Butterflies and moths are struggling because their habitat is being destroyed. Five butterfly species and more than 60 different moths have already become extinct in the UK. Butterfly Conservation saves butterflies and moths by improving landscapes and creating a better environment for us all. Sign up to All Aflutter, our free monthly email newsletter, to discover how to help butterflies in your garden, get more information about how Butterfly Conservation saves endangered species, learn where to look for and how to identify butterflies and moths, find out about project appeals and get the latest membership offers.


Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary

Web: | Email: | Phone: 07342173724

Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife rescue charity, operating 24/7, 365 days a year to rescue and care for all sick, injured and orphaned wildlife from Yorkshire, Country Durham and Redcar & Cleveland. We are completely voluntary run and currently admit over 2100 rescues every year.


The Wildlife Haven

Web: | Email: | Phone: 01845 526567

The Wildlife Haven is a wildlife rescue centre based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Every year we rescue up to 1600 ill, injured, and orphaned wild animals from across the whole of the North of England. Through our education programme, we aim to promote respect for wildlife and the environment, and forge links with local community groups.

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