Wilder Cheshire Appeal

Can you help stop the decline of nature?

Be part of nature’s recovery

A hundred years on from Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, Badger and friends desperately need your help.

Sadly, since we first met Badger and friends in 1908, the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world.

On 1st May 2019, the UK government declared an ‘environment and climate emergency’.  Nature is in crisis. A quarter of our birds are now at risk and one in five mammals are threatened with extinction. Up to three quarters of all flying insects have been wiped out since World War II . Nearly 15% of all species are now at risk of disappearing completely.

We need your help!

“The UK has become one of the most nature-depleted places on the planet. Join us to put nature into recovery.”
Sir David Attenborough

Right now, we need to step up our work to stop the destruction of vital habitats, create new homes for wildlife and inspire the younger generation to care about nature in Cheshire.

As the region’s conservation charity, with your support, Cheshire Wildlife Trust is working hard with farmers and other landowners to restore meadows, plant more trees, create more ponds and so much more. But we can’t do it without your help.

Your gift can help create new homes for wildlife

£5 could buy a child a magnifying glass

The Wolseley Centre, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

A gift of £5 

could buy a magnifying glass to allow children to explore the wonderful world of insects.

With your help, we want to get 7,000 children outdoors this year. We want to work with more schools, run more sessions like Nature Tots and WildPlay and get more families along to our events. Your gift today could help us inspire the next generation of nature lovers.

A photo of a wild meadow

A gift of £30

could pay to harvest a bag of local Cheshire wildflower seed for replanting meadows.

With your help in the next year we want to sow 10 hectares of hay meadows – that’s 10 football pitches of new species rich grassland. Your gift could pay to harvest a bag of local Cheshire wildflower seeds for replanting meadows.

water vole

Margaret Holland

A gift of £175

could pay for a site visit with a landowner to discuss creating habitat for water voles.

Our own recent surveys in Cheshire show an 81% decline in water voles over the last 20 years. With your help, in the next twelve months we want to begin to reverse this decline. Your gift could pay for a site visit with a landowner to discuss creating wild places for water voles on their land.

HS2 Ponds c. Ross Hoddinott 2020/VISION

c. Ross Hoddinott 2020/VISION

A gift of £500

Could help us to build a new pond for a variety of species.

If you are able, please make a donation today and be part of nature’s recovery.
Together, we can halt the decline of nature before it’s too late.


Wind in the Willows

To spread this message far and wide, The Wildlife Trusts have created an animated trailer of Wind in the Willows with the help of David Attenborough, Asim Chaudhry, Catherine Tate, Stephen Fry and Alison Steadman. This trailer brings the characters back to life and shows the 21st century threats that would face the much-loved characters from Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic in today’s life.

It's not too late... The ending to this story is not yet told.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is fighting day-after-day to halt the decline of nature and to begin its recovery. 

Donate today to change nature's story

Did you know...?

7/10 toads lost in the last 30 years
9.9/10 wildflower meadows lost for Cheshire since the 60s
9.4/10 places that water voles once lived are now uninhabitable