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Key species and habitats

We focus where the need is greatest and where we can have the most impact. These animals and habitats can often be overlooked but they're vital for a healthy environment.

Our work relies as much on people like you as it does on our partner organisations, government bodies and scientists. We can’t run these critical campaigns without your support. Please click on the sections below to get involved with our work today.

  • Dormice

    Hazel dormice are among our most threatened mammals. Our longstanding monitoring programme reveals where they still live and where they’ve disappeared. We’re reintroducing them to areas where they've died out and are training people to manage woodlands and hedgerows for dormice. We couldn't do any of this without our dedicated volunteers.

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  • Hedgehog by water by Oliver Wilks

    Hedgehogs

    Hedgehogs are declining in the UK at the same rate as tigers globally. With our partners at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, we're finding out why hedgehogs are declining. Through our joint campaign, Hedgehog Street, we're creating hedgehog-friendly neighbourhoods. And we're training managers of public green spaces to be hedgehog-aware.

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  • water vole by Jessica Evans

    Water voles

    Following the discovery in the 1990s that only a tenth of our water voles remained, many waterways have been restored and populations reintroduced. Now, with a team of experts, and donations from supporters, we've launched the first National Water Vole Monitoring Programme to evaluate our success and warn us when water voles are in trouble.

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  • stag beetles by Ben Andrews

    Stag beetles

    Britain's largest land beetle is now also sadly one of the rarest. We've been studying them for nearlt 20 years, with the help of the public, and our partner organisations. Our national surveys help us to keep an eye on numbers and give the best advice on saving them. We also work hard to protect their homes such as orchards and woodlands.

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  • orchard

    Traditional orchards and their wildlife

    Old orchards are vital homes for nature. Building on our ongoing survey of the nation’s orchards, we're creating a virtual advice centre for orchard owners to keep their orchards in tip top condition for wildlife. Certain beetles, such as noble chafers and stag beetles, depend on the dead and decaying wood in orchards and gardens.

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  • Amur leopard by Chris Humphries Shutterstock.com

    Worldwide projects

    Our work extends across the globe. Many iconic species and their homes face many threats to their survival. Through our worldwide grants scheme we concentrate on saving the most endangered species. Your donations make this possible.

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