Wild Christmas Appeal

We've made a list (and checked it twice) of some amazing animals that need your help this Christmas

Here's how you do it...

  • Choose your favourite animal and buy them something they need this Christmas
  • Give the card to someone you love and their wild pal will take you and them on a wild journey  
  • We’ll use your £7 to make sure your animal has everything they need this Christmas

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Who will you choose?

Find out a little bit more about our Wild Christmas species, what they’ll be getting up to in the winter and why they need your love this Christmas…

Badger

Badger (c) Rachel Hudson

Badger (c) Rachel Hudson

‘Twas the night before Christmas and deep in his sett, a badger was just waking up. Outside it was cold and crisp, and the ground was covered in frost. He paused, stretched, and poked his nose up out of his den and sniffed the air. All was quiet and safe in his woodland. He waddled out into the open and began to forage, his sharp sense of smell picking up worms and beetles. In the long night before dawn, he’d bump into his cousins and brothers and sisters, before disappearing back underground at dawn.

Thanks to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and their supporters like you, badgers have a wilder future. They’ve got more land to forage in and safe, wild places away from roads. They’re protected against bovine tuberculous, too – many of them have been vaccinated, meaning that they, and local cattle herds, are safe.

£7 will go towards our work on projects such as vaccinating more badgers against bTB, meaning that we can stop the badger cull from coming to Derbyshire. Every penny raised from our Wild Christmas appeal goes back into building a wilder future, for badgers and for all wildlife.

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Mole

Mole (c) Rachel Hudson

Mole (c) Rachel Hudson

‘Twas the night before Christmas and deep underground, a mole was burrowing along through the soil. She might have been almost blind, but her sharp sense of smell could pick out worms and insects from a long way away. Her velvety coat kept her warm in the cold, dark earth, and allowed hers to slide along with ease. On a good day, she might cover as much as 20 metres, using her spade-like paws to shovel soil out the way. She didn’t know if it was day or night, but with the ground frozen above she couldn’t check. She was safe though and provided she could find enough slugs and snails and beetles to keep her tummy full, she could look forward to a wilder future.

Thanks to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and their supporters like you, moles have a wilder future. You’re helping to join up wild areas and create habitats for animals and plants to thrive in – or under! Starting from deep within the soil, we’re making our land healthier, from the nutrients in the earth that allow insects to flourish, to the mammals and birds that need them to survive.

£7 will go towards projects such as creating more habitat for moles, and their food (like worms and slugs), to thrive in. Every penny raised from our Wild Christmas appeal goes back into building a wilder future, for moles and for all wildlife.

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Kingfisher

Kingfisher (c) Rachel Hudson

Kingfisher (c) Rachel Hudson

‘Twas the night before Christmas and tucked safely in a hole in a willow tree, a kingfisher had her head tucked snugly next to her bright blue wing. She opened one eye to check that everything was safe. It was quiet and cold, and the clean river twirled beneath her. She needed to eat regularly to keep her strength up in the winter, but luckily, this year, there was enough food and the river was free of ice, so she could catch her prey. The fish tasted good, too – free from the nasty chemicals that could poison her. She had seen dipper bouncing on his rock earlier, and water vole scurrying along the bank. Huddled next to the tree she ruffled her feathers up to stay warm.

Thanks to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and their supporters like you, kingfishers have a wilder future. By giving someone the gift of nature this year, you’ll be helping us take action for wildlife in Derbyshire. Your donation will help us clean up our rivers from pollution and plastic, which have suffered from decades of pollution. We’ll work to help our rivers meander and flow more naturally, making them more resilient to flooding and more welcoming to wildlife.

£7 will go towards projects such as cleaning our rivers of pollution and helping them to flow more naturally, doing what’s best for wildlife and for people. Every penny raised from our Wild Christmas appeal goes back in to building a wilder future, for kingfishers and for all wildlife.

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Toad

Toad (c) Rachel Hudson

Toad (c) Rachel Hudson

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and in a dark, quiet corner, tucked away under a pile of logs, a toad snoozed soundly. He was dreaming of the warmer days of spring, just a couple of months away, when he would wake, stretch and mate. Strings of toadspawn would line the ponds nearby and there would be the familiar splosh of water as toads leaped in and out. There were fewer toads now than there once were – far fewer in fact. Thousands of them used to migrate to and from their breeding ponds on the first warm nights of the year, but now, just a few hundred would wake in the area. There could be a brighter, wilder future for toads though, when they wake from their hibernation.

Thanks to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and their supporters like you, toads have a wilder future. By supporting our work, you’re helping us to create ponds and ditches, places for toads to live and thrive like woodpiles, and we’re encouraging you to do the same in your gardens, too. We’re joining up all wild places, like our nature reserves, using your gardens, parks and woodlands, to create a single landscape buzzing and croaking with wildlife.

£7 will go towards projects such as creating more homes for our toads, like ponds, wood piles and marshes. Every penny raised from our Wild Christmas appeal goes back into building a wilder future, for toads and for all wildlife.

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Otter

Otter (c) Rachel Hudson

Otter (c) Rachel Hudson

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and up on a river bank, an otter was tucking into her supper. She’d caught a trout, a big one, fresh in the river, and she gulped it down hungrily. The night air was cold, and she needed to keep her strength up. Even beneath her thick, waterproof coat, she could feel the chilly wind. The stars and moon were out. She’d gambled a long way across fields and splashed merrily in the water that afternoon. She’d heard the shrill of kingfisher and seen dipper bobbing on a rock. Even badger had paused to nod at her as he appeared from his den. Soon, she’d find a safe spot to nap – but perhaps another trout first? They were clean and big and healthy now, and the water tasted fresh. She dived back in, looking forward to her wilder future.

Thanks to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and their supporters like you, otters have a wilder future. You’re helping wildlife up and down Derbyshire’s rivers, and beyond, to thrive once more. We can clean up our rivers from pollution and plastic. This helps all the wildlife that lives there, from the tiniest insects right up to otter and dipper and kingfisher. We can connect our nature reserves together, creating new wild spaces where wildlife can flourish and move freely.

£7 will go towards projects such as cleaning our rivers of pollution and helping them to flow more naturally. Every penny raised from our Wild Christmas appeal goes back in to building a wilder future, for otters and for all wildlife.

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Dipper

Dipper (c) Rachel Hudson

Dipper (c) Rachel Hudson

‘Twas the night before Christmas and tucked safely in an old nest in a riverbank, a dipper was sound asleep. The nest was lined with bits of moss and old feathers and twigs, long abandoned from the spring many months ago. It was dry and safe though. He was undisturbed. Winter was always hard for dippers as food was scarce, but so far, he had foraged enough insects and small fish to stay strong and healthy. The river was flowing quickly but there were less chemicals and litter this year. There were plenty of safe roosting sites, too, and more minnows darting through the icy water. Dipper was a little cold, and the winter was long, but he was waking up to a wilder future – for him and for all wildlife.

Thanks to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and their supporters like you, dippers have a wilder future. By giving someone the gift of nature this Christmas, you’re helping us to make our rivers stronger and healthier. We’re working in our own nature reserves and beyond to help wildlife recover. We’re restoring landscapes to make our rivers free from pollution and litter. We’re putting the meanders back in rivers and helping floodplains to recover.

£7 will go towards projects such as cleaning our rivers of pollution and helping them to flow more naturally. Every penny raised from our Wild Christmas appeal goes back in to building a wilder future, for dippers and for all wildlife.

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