Key species and habitats

Our main campaigns focus where the need is greatest and where we can have the most impact. These animals and habitats can often be overlooked but they are vital for a healthy environment.

Our key areas of work rely as much on people like you as they do our partner organisations, government bodies and scientists. We cannot 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 long-running monitoring programme reveals where they still live and where they’ve disappeared. We’re reintroducing them to areas where they have died out and training people to manage woodlands and hedgerows for dormice. We could not do any of this without our dedicated volunteers.

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  • Hedgehog by water by Oliver Wilks


    Hedgehogs are declining in the UK at the same rate as tigers globally. With our partners the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, we are finding out why they are declining. Through our joint campaign, Hedgehog Street, we are creating hedgehog-friendly neighbourhoods. And we are 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 have 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 over 15 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 are 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

    Worldwide projects

    As well as UK projects our work extends across the globe. Many iconic species and their homes face a huge number of threats to survival. Through our worldwide grants scheme we concentrate on saving the most endangered species. Your donations make this possible.

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