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Press release: Rare hazel dormice reintroduced into a Warwickshire woodland

Tuesday 20 June, 2017


Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and partners, are today [Tuesday 20 June] releasing 19 breeding pairs of rare hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) into an undisclosed woodland location in Warwickshire, near Royal Leamington Spa, in an attempt to stem the decline of this endangered species. With their soft caramel fur, …

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Press release: Save our stag beetles: make your garden a stag beetle sanctuary

Tuesday 23 May, 2017

male and female stag beetles by Ross Bower

Mid to late May marks the time of year when stag beetles (Lucanus cervus) are likely to be seen, as warmer evenings draw them above ground to find a mate and reproduce. However, despite being Britain’s largest land beetle, they are also one of Britain’s rarer beetles. Now, People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is …

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Press release: Study reveals declining brown hares could benefit from non-native crops grown for bioenergy across Britain’s farmland

Tuesday 09 May, 2017

Brown Hare by Silviu Petrovan

Researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Hull and the Open University have discovered that native brown hares may be benefiting from exotic, non-native crops growing across Britain’s farmland. The study, published today [Monday 8th May 2017] in the European Journal of Wildlife Research, and funded by wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), shows …

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Press release: Help save the UK’s endangered water vole this May

Thursday 27 April, 2017

water vole in pipe by Ian Schofield

Did you know that over the last century water voles have experienced the most severe decline of any wild mammal in the UK? In 2015, the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) launched the first National Water Vole Monitoring Programme (NWVMP). Following two successful years, this May, PTES is once again calling for existing volunteers …

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Press release: The first permanent Hedgehog Street inspired garden is launched at RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire

Tuesday 25 April, 2017

Hedgehog by Ali Taylor

A Hedgehog Street inspired garden at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire will be unveiled for the first time today [Tuesday 25 April 2017], by wildlife charities People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), who have successfully coordinated the Hedgehog Street campaign since 2011, and work tirelessly to conserve …

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Press release: Suffolk residents called to survey precious wood pasture & parkland sites across the county

Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Fallen dead tree decaying

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is launching a new conservation project this April to help protect Britain’s precious wood pasture and parkland habitats, which are home to several endangered species such as the lesser-spotted woodpecker, violet click beetle and the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly. The first phase of this new project will be …

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Press release: How many of Britain’s wild mammals have you seen?

Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Fox by Ben Andrews

Volunteers called to help PTES’ ongoing conservation efforts People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling for an army of volunteers to record any sightings of wild mammals they see in their gardens or local green spaces, as part of its annual Living with Mammals survey. Now in its 15th year, PTES’ Living with Mammals …

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Planning guidance for protecting orchards now available

Tuesday 20 December, 2016

Apple blossom close

As part of its efforts to halt the alarming decline of traditional orchards, conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species has launched an online Planning Protection Toolkit (, which is designed to help individuals and communities protect orchards and other wildlife-rich sites when development threatens. Since the 1950s the UK has lost around 90% of …

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Support UK and international wildlife this Christmas with our Christmas gift catalogue

Tuesday 18 October, 2016


Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has released its annual Christmas gift catalogue, which showcases a variety of quirky and creative gift ideas that will help the most endangered wildlife across the UK and internationally. This year, new additions include fox-shaped cookie cutters and wildlife-themed ice cube trays – perfect for sweet treats …

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More than one in ten UK species threatened with extinction, new study finds

Wednesday 14 September, 2016

Sir David Attenborough - State of Nature

It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now – that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report. Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have …

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Find your local community orchard with our new interactive map

Monday 15 August, 2016

Bramley apples by Megan Gimber

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has launched the latest element in their ongoing orchard conservation work: an interactive community orchard map that lists around 400 community orchard groups across the UK, found at: PTES has identified over 35,000 traditional orchards remaining in England and over 7,000 in Wales. Alarmingly, this work …

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Record roadkill to help British mammal conservation efforts

Monday 08 August, 2016

Fox by Ben Andrews

It is estimated that each year one million mammals are killed on UK roads. Although it’s not pleasant to see roadkill, recording sightings of dead mammals is important for conservation. This summer, wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is asking the public to record sightings of roadkill as part of their ongoing conservation …

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