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Homes for Nature Fund 2017

  • 10 million The number of square meters we want to secure for nature.
  • 1,600 That's the equivalent of 1,600 football pitches...
  • 3 And more than three times larger than St Andrew's golf club!
Our target £1000000
£ 199000
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Why nature needs your help

British wildlife is cornered, and it's beginning to take its toll.

Pushed out of its natural habitat. Struggling to feed its young. Unable to escape predators. Hemmed into ever-shrinking homes. Nature needs our help now more than ever before.

The 2016 State of Nature report shows that we now live in one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. If our suffering wildlife is to survive, it desperately needs room to breathe, feed, breed and thrive. 

You can help provide that vital space by donating to our 2017 Homes for Nature appeal today.

Please help us raise £1 million and give nature 10 million square metres of precious freedom in 2017. That's an area equivalent to 1,600 football pitches, the size of Richmond Park - the largest in London, and more than three times bigger than St Andrew's golf club in Scotland. 

Cornered in secluded pockets of habitat. Cut off from the world, suffering in silence. This is the life that too many UK species face today.

Really, it's no life at all. Nature needs to be free. So to give our birds and wildlife the homes they need, we must ask for your support. Please make a donation to the 2017 Homes for Nature Fund today.

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You can give nature the space it needs to survive and thrive.

What we're doing

With more than half the UK's species in decline compared to 1970, we must act now, before it's too late. 

With £1 million, we could secure up to 10 million square metres for nature in 2017. That's 10 million square metres of freedom; of protected land where our most threatened birds can live and breed in peace; of bountiful feeding grounds; and of interconnected habitats where nature can run wild.

You'll help create vital sanctuaries for threatened birds and wildlife around the UK

Giving nature bigger, better homes is at the heart of our work. Just last year, the generosity of supporters like you helped to secure vital habitats for cornered wildlife across the UK.

South of Blackpool, in the Ribble Estuary, the Homes for Nature Fund helped expand our Hesketh Out Marsh reserve, creating 160 hectares of vital intertidal marsh.

Now one of the most important estuaries for wildlife in the UK, it's a fantastic home for charismatic birds like oystercatchers, avocets and redshanks. If you haven't already, take a look at our stunning drone footage of the expanding reserve above or enjoy a virtual tour opposite.

The fund was also instrumental in securing Penllyn Marshes in Wales. Hidden away in the Vale of Glamorgan, this mosaic of dune grassland, marsh and freshwater pools - a paradise for lapwings - had caught the eye of another buyer looking to improve grazing at the sight, which could have been disastrous for the local wetland wildlife. 

Thankfully, the fund, and support from Natural Resources Wales, allowed us to move quickly and buy what is now one of Wales' most important sites for breeding lapwings.

We only buy areas where we know nature can flourish. From Suffolk's rich wetlands where kingfishers rule to the scenic Scottish Highlands that are prime hunting grounds for the hen harrier, the Homes for Nature Fund gives us the opportunity to buy key habitats. 

And you can too by donating today. Make a gift to our 2017 Homes for Nature appeal before the end of the year, and we could double it by unlocking further funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery Fund.

So please, give as much as you can afford today, and together we can give nature, including avocets, wigeons and lapwings, a chance to thrive, not just survive.

Take an aerial tour of RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh

You can help give space to birds and other wildlife facing drastic declines - at locations including RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh - by donating to our Homes for Nature Fund today.

You can help give space to birds and other wildlife facing drastic declines - at locations including RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh - by donating to our Homes for Nature Fund today.

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Why we need your help

£10

could unlock up to 100 square metres of coastal vistas

£25

could unlock up to 250 square metres of spellbinding woodland hideaways

£50

could unlock up to 500 square metres of breathtaking landscapes of life