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Our wildlife is disappearing

Almost two thirds of species in the UK have declined in the past 50 years. There’s nothing natural or inevitable about this. It can be stopped. And everyone can play a part. That’s why People’s Trust for Endangered Species exists. Donate Read more Almost two thirds of species in the UK have declined in the past 50 years. It can be stopped. And everyone can play a part.

Our wildlife is disappearing

Read more Donate Almost two thirds of species in the UK have declined in the past 50 years. There’s nothing natural or inevitable about this. It can be stopped. And everyone can play a part. That’s why People’s Trust for Endangered Species exists. Read more Donate
Male stag beetle on a plant with purple flower in foreground

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You can get involved with stag beetle conservation by telling us when you see one, carrying out a survey or creating habitat for them. #MapYourLogPile Take part Learn more Tell us about your wild neighbours and help us build a picture of the wildlife on our doorstep.

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A quarter of Britain’s native mammals are at risk. But sharing what you see will help us build a picture of the wildlife on our doorstep and can warn us about worrying declines. Take part Learn more Tell us about your wild neighbours and help us build a picture of the wildlife on our doorstep.

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Living with Mammals

Learn more Take part A quarter of Britain’s native mammals are at risk. But by recording sightings and signs of those we share our towns and cities with, you can help protect their future. Learn more Take part

From anteaters to zebras, Argentina to Zimbabwe, we support projects that have significant impact.

Everything we do is based on scientific evidence. Our grant projects, funded by our generous supporters, are building on this evidence and guiding our worldwide conservation work. Read more

From anteaters to zebras, Argentina to Zimbabwe, we support projects that have significant impact.

Everything we do is based on scientific evidence. Our grant projects, funded by our generous supporters, are building on this evidence and guiding our worldwide conservation work. Read more

From anteaters to zebras, Argentina to Zimbabwe, we support projects that have significant impact.

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We’ve been standing up for wildlife for over 40 years. With the help of scientists, conservationists, landowners, and the general public, we’re working to protect our delicately balanced ecosystem by bringing our most threatened species back from the brink.

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Funded by our generous supporters, our grant programmes support the very best scientific researchers and wildlife experts out in the field. The evidence they unearth guides worldwide conservation. Browse the map below to discover the amazing wildlife we’re saving from extinction.

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Saving Wildcats

Help us bring wildcats back from the brink with the UK’s first wildcat reintroduction ‘breed to release’ programme.
Unless we act now, wildcats will almost certainly go extinct in Britain. We can’t let this happen so we’re funding Saving Wildcats, a really exciting project to bring wildcats back from the edge of extinction by reintroducing them into the Scottish Highlands.
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Survey for water voles

Take part in our annual National Water Vole Monitoring Programme (NWVMP) and survey local riverbanks this spring to help save endangered water voles. Dates extended until 15th July.
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Healthy hedgerows

The hedgerows of the UK are invaluable to our wildlife, providing home to many of our native animals and corridors to travel for others. Both of these are important to the maintenance of many species.
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Latest news from PTES

Surveying water voles

Isabel Fry has been out surveying water voles as part of the National Water Vole Monitoring Programme, which PTES runs every year. Find out more about the programme and get involved here. Found along our waterways, water voles are similar-looking to the brown rat, but with a blunt nose, small ears and furry tail. Sadly, …

Snorting, snuffling and singing – a small mammal’s guide to courtship

It’s that time of year again when spring is upon us. The birds are singing in the trees, the bees are buzzing in the meadows and all around us there are many species of mammal that are performing courtship displays, some of which are very intricate and surprising. I’m sure we’ve all seen squirrels chasing …

Do hungry hedgehogs hibernate late?

We know very little about hibernation in those British mammals that use this strategy to survive winter periods when food is scarce. It’s possibly a vulnerable time for these animals. Both hedgehogs and hazel dormice hibernate on the ground. This helps them keep their temperatures and humidity levels relatively stable. However, we do know that …

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