PTES has significantly improved the outlook for many of our most threatened creatures."
Dr Pat Morris
former Head of Zoology, Royal Holloway University London
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big cats and wild dogs
As well as UK projects our work extends across the globe. Many of the world's top carnivores and their homes face a huge number of threats to survival. Through our worldwide grants scheme we have a concerted effort focusing on saving our most endangered big cats and wild dogs. Your donations make this possible.