You probably know by now how much I love animals, so it’s probably no surprise to any of you that one of my challenges that I set myself for this years 30 Days Wild was going to be learning more about a cause that has a wildlife focus.
Now, there are a wide range of causes that are all worthy of being mentioned, so please don’t assume that there is some dark, mysterious reason that I’ve chosen to focus on this particular one – I just simply searched for wildlife causes and this particular one wasn’t something that I’d heard of before, and it’s closer to home for many people to relate to than whales and dolphins.
The Dormouse Campaign – People’s Trust for Endangered Species
The cause that I chose to learn a little more about is The People’s Trust for Endangered Species(PTES) and their Dormouse campaign. I love dormice and, although I knew that they were in trouble, I didn’t realise that in some parts they have actually become extinct. Their campaign is mostly focused on Hazel Dormice, which can be found in the southern areas of England, and due to farming practices, woodland management and just general human interference, they are declining rapidly.
So, what can we do to help?
The main way that we can help keep the dormice alive and thriving in the UK is to help reintroduction programmes like the PTES campaign, and help them with surveys. To complete a survey, you will need to become a certified dormouse surveyor and obtain a dormouse licence through Natural England or Natural Resources Wales.
You will then need to take part in a survey at a dormouse site twice a year and submit your findings.
If this seems like a lot of effort, there’s also the option of donating funds to the cause – £3 a month can help provide valuable equipment and fund survey research to help bring these adorable animals back from the brink.
Do you have any unusual causes that you’re passionate about? I’d love to learn more about them! Leave a link in the comments!