Protecting Cornwall’s Mammals Appeal

Cornwall is home to 40 species of wild mammals in woodland, farmland, open moors, heaths and gardens. However, our local badgers, hedgehogs, dormice and bats are facing an increasing number of threats. Please help us raise £16,750 so that we can protect these much-loved species and restore missing pieces from the jigsaw of our living landscape



With the aim of benefiting all our native mammals, our work will focus on five species:

“Populations of wild mammals in Cornwall continue to suffer from habitat loss, change and fragmentation. With your help we can better understand the threats they are facing and help to reconnect the places they live.”

Daniel Eva, Trustee at Cornwall Wildlife Trust

How much to donate
£10 will provide 15 minutes of wildlife advice from our Wildlife Information Service.
£35 will buy ten new dormouse boxes.
£86 will pay for a dormouse box check, including data reporting.
£250 will provide one mammal event in Cornwall to inspire children and their families.
£400 will pay for the production of a new mammal factsheet.
£1,200 will fund our work to survey badger numbers on our nature reserves this autumn and calculate the costs of a potential badger vaccination project.
 

Hedgehog by Jeremy Northcott

The hedgehog
The hedgehog is in severe decline, with one-third lost since 2000 and few than one million left in the UK.
How you can help- The Trust is helping to coordinate Operation Hedgehog, a Cornwall-wide initiative to raise awareness about how we can come to their aid. We plan to expand this work over the next six months, working with partners like the Cornwall Mammal Group to inspire everyone to take positive action.
This work will cost £1,400

Hazel Dormouse, photo by Ian Pratt

 

The hazel dormouse
As well as habitat loss, mild winters can cause dormice to wake from hibernation and suffer starvation.
How you can help- We will make monthly dormouse box checks at Helman Tor and Redlake Cottage Meadows Nature Reserves from April to October, to assess dormouse populations in these potential strongholds. We also plan to provide 80 new dormouse boxes at Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature and 20 at Lower Lewdon Nature Reserve.
This work will cost £1,550

Brown long-eared bat by Rowena Miller

Bats
Conservation measures over the past two decades have helped stabilise the declining bat population.
How you can help- Following our greater horseshoe bat habitat restoration work at our Prideaux Woods Nature Reserve, we plan to restore and protect broadleaved woodland at three other nature reserves, providing more homes and feeding grounds for these vulnerable insectivores.
This work will cost £2,450

Badger, by Helen Moore

The badger
The future of Cornwall’s badger population is far from clear.
How you can help- The Trust advocates badger vaccination against bovine TB. We will survey badgers on our nature reserves to estimate numbers and calculate cost requirements of vaccination across our land holdings. Once we have completed this preparatory work, we can potentially begin to fundraise to run a prospective badger vaccination project.
This work will cost £1,200

Eurasian beaver, photo by Jack Hicks

The beaver
Can a long-lost mammal benefit the natural world? Two Eurasian beavers are in an enclosed five acre site in mid-Cornwall for a five-year trial period.
How you can help- Studies by the Trust and partner Universities are determining whether beavers ease flooding. We need funds to communicate the results of this academic work and plan ground-breaking research to assess how the quality of Cornwall’s inshore coastal waters, used for bathing and habitat for an abundance of marine wildlife, might be improved through beavers’ dam building and pond construction.
This work will cost £5,000

Wildlife education, photo by Jenny Lawrie Wildlife information
The Wildlife Information Service (WIS), offered by the Environmental Records Centre
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) and hosted by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, informs wildlife conservation decisions both locally and nationally. We also provide
free advice and information to the public to help ensure that the maximum effort is made to care for Cornwall’s wildlife
How you can help- WIS need to complement existing mammal factsheets with five new ones, on polecats/polecat ferrets, water voles, otters, dormice and beavers. These will
be published on the ERCCIS website and available to download or print by spring/summer 2018.
This work will cost £1,400 for 35 hours of mammal-related advice, plus £2,000 for five new mammal factsheets.
 

 

 

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