Wildlife adoption

Wildlife adoption

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Help us protect UK wildlife by sponsoring wildlife

Money raised from our adoption schemes goes to helping important local wildlife conservation work in Shropshire, such as managing nature reserves or creating new habitats. They also make the perfect gift for a nature lover! There are 5 species you can choose from.

Pine marten adoption pack

Pine marten adoption pack

Costing £20, your gift package will include a personalised gift certificate, a double-sided illustrated A4 fact sheet and a photograph of a pine marten, hedgehog, barn owl, dormouse or an ancient Stiperstones holly.

Find out more about these species further down the page.

The next step

To make a wildlife adoption please complete the form below, items marked with a red asterisk are mandatory fields. Once you press continue you will be taken to a follow up page securely hosted by Paypal to enter your card details.

The following UK issued cards are accepted online - Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Visa and Visa Electron. If you wish to use a CAFCard please give us a call as we cannot process these online. If you prefer to send us a cheque, please print off and complete the form below.

For further information call us on 01743 284280 or contact us at donation@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

Once this form is completed, you will be directed to our secure payment service Paypal. When re-directed to make a payment, select the option 'Pay with credit card or debit card' on the Paypal screen.

*Please note that any adoptions requested between 22nd Dec and 4th January will not be processed until the first week of January.


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Pine Marten
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Pine marten

Pine martens are an attractive, tree dwelling member of the badger and weasel family of mammals. They were considered to be extinct in much of England for over a century, until 2015, when pine martens were discovered living in a wood in south Shropshire. The Shropshire pine martens have survived because there is still plenty of suitable woodland to offer cover and food in the area we have found them in, but they will only continue to survive here if that habitat is cared for and preserved. It is our aim to study the population here, whilst working with owners of woodland to ensure that they manage their land with pine martens in mind.

Hibernating Dormouse - Danny Green

Danny Green

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With their big black eyes, furry tails and golden brown fur, dormice are gorgeous creatures – but you are very unlikely ever to see one. They sleep for around seven months of the year, emerging at night during spring and summer to forage for food high in the trees. Dormice are much rarer than they used to be, mainly because of habitat loss.

We manage several of our woodland nature reserves for dormice, ensuring that hazel is left to grow tall and blackberries and hedgerow fruits are encouraged. Where possible, we plant hedgerows to connect known dormice sites  to prevent colonies becoming isolated and fragmented. 

Barn Owl Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

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Barn owl

Barn owl numbers plummeted across the UK in the last 70 years of the 20th century. In Shropshire their population halved. Owls need a good supply of voles to hunt and voles need rough grassland, a kind of habitat which has disappeared from much of our tidy, intensively managed landscape. Nesting places have also grown hard to find.

Through the barn owl adoption scheme, we install barn owl nest boxes on suitable nature reserves and give these charismatic birds a chance to breed. Several of our nature reserves have good grassland with plentiful voles, ideal for barn owls. 

The Hollies
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Ancient Holly

The oldest surviving holly grove in Europe is on the Stiperstones. Cracked, gnarled and windswept, two hundred or so ancient holly trees grow here. Some are thought to be three or four centuries old, amazingly long-lived for holly. Each of these trees has developed highly individual characteristics over their long lives.

The trees are still vibrant and beautiful, though some are showing their age and suffering from past pressures of livestock grazing. Through careful management of livestock and selective fencing we are giving them the best chance to recover and thrive.

Hedgehog Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall

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Small, round, brown and covered in spines, the hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain's wild mammals. Hedgehogs are in trouble though, with fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK, down from an estimated 2 million in the mid-1990's and 36 million in the 1950's.

Across the UK Wildlife Trusts are working hard to raise awareness and restore habitats to benefit species like the hedgehog including the restoration of old hedgerows and planting of new ones.

Other ways to support your local Wildlife Trust

There are lots of ways to help the local wildlife and wild places you love.