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Wetland Wildlife Appeal

Where are all the water voles? from Earth Trust on Vimeo.

Do you want to see your local wildlife disappear forever?

Earth Trust’s wetlands fulfil a critical role within the local ecosystem, providing flood protection and vital biodiversity. Many rare and declining wildlife species, such as great crested newts and otters, can be found on Earth Trust’s wetland sites and we are working hard to make a local impact on issues facing wildlife nationally. However, we cannot do this without you! 


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Otters and water voles were once a common sight in South Oxfordshire, but are now under threat. A small number of these fantastic animals can be found on Earth Trust’s wetland sites, and with your help we hope to grow these modest numbers so that these wonderful creatures are a common sight once again. These particular species are vital as their presence indicates the general ‘health’ of a wetland site and the local area. The presence of otters and water voles is testament to Earth Trust’s hard work and the progress that has been made already in creating and improving the habitat on our wetland sites and in enhancing local green spaces for everyone to enjoy, but much more work is needed to help these animals prosper.

Otter A small romp of otters has recently made their home at Thrupp Lake in Radley, which is a haven of biodiversity offering important habitats for many species of wetland wildlife. Earth Trust is enhancing the habitat available to otters by adding interest and infrastructure, in the hope that more will make Thrupp Lake their home! You could help make these beautiful creatures a common sight once again.
To support our ongoing work to encourage and increase the otter population at Thrupp Lake, please give a regular donation of £5 per month.
Water vole by Jo Cartmell Water voles are under threat nationally, yet a small number have made their home in the middle of an Abingdon housing estate at Abbey Fishponds. The river bank at Wallingford Castle Meadows offers ideal conditions for water voles to prosper but more must be done. With your kind donation, we, along with our dedicated volunteers, can continue to work hard across all of our wetland sites to maintain the delicate habitat that this endangered species need to thrive. Your help will make all the difference!
So please sponsor a water vole in your area with a regular donation of £3 per month.
River of Life Due to fantastic public support, we’ve been working hard with our amazing volunteers in Little Wittenham to improve a stretch of Thames bankside with our River of Life project; including new backwaters, wet woodland and wildflower meadows, ideal for otters and water voles. In the future, with more habitat management work, we hope to encourage these amazing animals to enjoy the environment you have helped create, but we need your support.
Please help wildlife flourish at the River of Life with a regular donation of £5 per month.

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With your investment, we can provide the tools which will help our volunteers maintain the river banks for water voles. Your support will also enable us to create otter holts from recycled materials, in the hope that it will encourage otters to make Earth Trust’s wetland sites their permanent home. Your generous donation will allow us to carry out wider habitat maintenance to support the ecosystem around these animals.

Will you help us? 

Please give us your support and make a huge difference!

Thank you!

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Donate via text:

To make an instant donation:

Text WETL16 £5 
to 70070

(or change the figure to donate
a different amount)

Appeal flyer:

Look out for our flyer in 
October's issue of Round and About magazine, delivered free to households in OX10, OX11 and OX14.

Water vole by Jo Cartmell

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Water vole photos © Jo Cartmell

Can you spot an otter? from Earth Trust on Vimeo.