Small conservation charities undertake fantastic projects all over the countryside, often overwhelmingly powered by volunteer support and passion for a shared cause. Sooner or later however many choose to scale up their plans and conservation charities need to secure funds to undertake a grander plan. Trust fundraising, in these cases, can provide straightforward and substantial funds for conservation work.

Red Squirrel South West, a small conservation charity, has been formed by a group of wildlife conservationists, and aims to restore red squirrels to the South West of England. It is working to develop existing populations and create new red squirrel sites, and to grow this network until they meet up and the species, now threatened with extinction, is fully restored to the South West. This will involve bringing together land owners, conservationists, volunteers and local communities.

Working in conjunction with the red squirrel enclosure on the Escot Estate, and other conservation charities, it also plans a visitor education centre where people can learn about this beloved creature and the complexities of native biodiversity. Red Squirrel South West has ambitious plans and is working with a broad group of individuals in the worlds of conservation, land management and community engagement to develop a shared approach, based on best practice.

We’re delighted to be working with Red Squirrel South West and look forward to seeing funding in place and plans proceed.