Leaving a natural legacy – a gift for future generations

Posted on 16th October 2013

Leaving a natural legacy – a gift for future generations
Will for Wildlife Week 14 – 20 October 2013

From soaring high kestrels to bee orchids, wildlife is an iconic part of our lives and gifts in wills can help Tees Valley Wildlife Trust protect some of our most precious species and habitats.

 During Will for Wildlife Week, from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 October, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is encouraging wildlife-lovers to leave a legacy that will help protect species and habitats for future generations.

Across the Tees Valley, we manage special wild places including wetlands, wildflower meadows and urban wildlife nature reserves.  A gift in a will can play a vital role in allowing this work to continue.

A legacy received by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has funded work to restore habitat and breeding sites for the water vole and avocets, one of the most endangered species in the UK.

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust works to protect species and habitats which are under threat and gifts in wills, of any size, can help with this work.  Someone who remembers Tees Valley Wildlife Trust in their will could help to create a new nature reserve for wild creatures to colonise and for people to enjoy, help with work to protect a specific species, such as erecting nest boxes for House martins, or support our work to educate and empower local communities to take action for wildlife.

Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, said:  “A legacy to your local Wildlife Trust is a very special gift that can do remarkable things to help the wildlife treasures on your doorstep.  Please, consider remembering The Wildlife Trusts in your will.”

Kate Barker, Membership and Legacies Manager for The Wildlife Trusts, added:  “We believe many people would like to write, or update, their will to reflect their current situation but simply haven’t got round to it.  A clearly written will, kept updated throughout your life, is essential to ensure that your wishes are respected.”

Will for Wildlife Week

For more, please visit http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/willforwildlife and http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/how-you-can-help/leave-gift-your-will/gift-memory

 The Wildlife Trusts (TWT)  wildlifetrusts.org

There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK.  All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.  We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch.  Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas.  We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife.  Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors.  Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.