Dorset Wildlife Trust urging residents to protect red squirrels

PROTECTION: A red squirrel on Brownsea Island

PROTECTION: Illustrator Rachel Bright

PROTECTION: The super squirrel created by Rachel Bright

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RESIDENTS across Dorset are being urged to support conservation work to protect red squirrels.

More than 140,000 homes across the county will soon receive a booklet produced by the charity Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) explaining the plight of red squirrels and how the organisation has helped to ensure their survival on Brownsea Island.

It is hoped the booklet will encourage people to sign up to the charity’s red squirrel membership campaign to help protect the animals in years to come.

Alastair Cook, DWT marketing and fundraising director, said: “Membership is the only reliable source of income we have. Without the valuable support of our members, we wouldn’t be able to manage habitats for threatened species such as red squirrels on Brownsea Island, or the Dartford Warbler on Upton heath in Poole.” The booklet, entitled Dear Human, features illustrations by Rachel Bright, the creator the popular card and gift brand the Bright Side.

“I feel so passionately about preserving the habitats of our beautiful county and I am so pleased that I can lend my artist’s hand to help,” she said.

Rachel, who lives near Wareham, added: “I feel lucky every day to live in such a diverse and stunning place and we all have a responsibility to be part of keeping it that way. I look forward to being a small part of the enormous amount of work this charity does for us all.”

Mr Cook said: “Rachel’s stunning illustrations and engaging words are a unique opportunity for us to share the serious message that we need help to continue our conservation work in Dorset.”

Brownsea Island, which is owned by the National Trust, is a haven for red squirrels and one of the very few places in southern England where they still survive.

Dorset Wildlife Trust has leased and managed 101 hectares of Brownsea Island as nature reserve for more than 50 years.

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2:38pm Thu 17 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

I'm sorry but isn't Brownsea Island owned and managed by the National Trust?
Why should Dorset Wildlife Trust rely on public donations to help the squirrels when the NT should be managing the land?

They've got enough money, they put the council in the shade with their car park charges and they are the only organisation i've ever known who charge you extra to Gift Aid the tax on your entry fee.
I'm sorry but isn't Brownsea Island owned and managed by the National Trust? Why should Dorset Wildlife Trust rely on public donations to help the squirrels when the NT should be managing the land? They've got enough money, they put the council in the shade with their car park charges and they are the only organisation i've ever known who charge you extra to Gift Aid the tax on your entry fee. BarrHumbug
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3:32pm Thu 17 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

So, the NT charges a small fortune for entrance, yet most of what you walk around is looked after by the DWT who have to pay to do so? I've always thought the NT charged like a wounded rhino, but that beggars belief. I also dont't understand why they need to charge 10% extra on Gift Aid admission. I know there are funny rules about what can and cannot be submitted, but surely the value is not relevant?
So, the NT charges a small fortune for entrance, yet most of what you walk around is looked after by the DWT who have to pay to do so? I've always thought the NT charged like a wounded rhino, but that beggars belief. I also dont't understand why they need to charge 10% extra on Gift Aid admission. I know there are funny rules about what can and cannot be submitted, but surely the value is not relevant? speedy231278
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3:38pm Thu 17 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

And the answer is.....

In order to claim gift aid, the charity must charge a higher rate for admission to include a donation OR offer free return within 12 months. Clearly, an organisation that charges a small fortune for everything will not take the latter option! Apparently one NT trick us to not advertise the non donation entrance fee and only offer it if people specifically ask!
And the answer is..... In order to claim gift aid, the charity must charge a higher rate for admission to include a donation OR offer free return within 12 months. Clearly, an organisation that charges a small fortune for everything will not take the latter option! Apparently one NT trick us to not advertise the non donation entrance fee and only offer it if people specifically ask! speedy231278
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4:45pm Thu 17 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

speedy231278 wrote:
And the answer is.....

In order to claim gift aid, the charity must charge a higher rate for admission to include a donation OR offer free return within 12 months. Clearly, an organisation that charges a small fortune for everything will not take the latter option! Apparently one NT trick us to not advertise the non donation entrance fee and only offer it if people specifically ask!
Yeah they are very quick to ask if you would like to Gift Aid your admission today but don't explain that it comes with a compulsory donation. Its a bit of a cheek for a company (yes company thinly veiled as a charity) who is the biggest land owner in the UK and that sold 45 acres of land here in Dorset to a developer.

TopTip though, buy a Family Membership to Heritage New Zealand (you don't need to live there) for £40 and get free access to National Trust and English Heritage sites ;)
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: And the answer is..... In order to claim gift aid, the charity must charge a higher rate for admission to include a donation OR offer free return within 12 months. Clearly, an organisation that charges a small fortune for everything will not take the latter option! Apparently one NT trick us to not advertise the non donation entrance fee and only offer it if people specifically ask![/p][/quote]Yeah they are very quick to ask if you would like to Gift Aid your admission today but don't explain that it comes with a compulsory donation. Its a bit of a cheek for a company (yes company thinly veiled as a charity) who is the biggest land owner in the UK and that sold 45 acres of land here in Dorset to a developer. TopTip though, buy a Family Membership to Heritage New Zealand (you don't need to live there) for £40 and get free access to National Trust and English Heritage sites ;) BarrHumbug
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