Banrock Station Vote for Nature
To help us care for some of our most threatened native animals, Banrock Station wine is giving £100,000 to support five of our wildlife conservation projects.
As one of the UK’s biggest landowners, we're responsible for looking after a huge amount of nature and wildlife – including places which are home to some of the nation’s rarest species.
The last few years have been really tough on some of Britain’s wildlife. Extremes of weather, habitat loss and climate change are just some of the challenges that our native species face.
This is why environmentally conscious wine brand Banrock Station is giving us £100,000 to share between projects which will benefit five different animals, detailed on this page, and we need your help to decide where the money goes.
Have your say
Each species will receive a share of the £100,000 funding from Banrock Station, but by voting for your favourite animal you can have your say in which one should receive the biggest share of the pot.
To make your vote, visit votefornature.com. Not only will you be playing your part in protecting the UK's endangered wildlife, but you could also win one of ten National Trust cottage breaks or 1,000 National Trust family passes by making your vote.
David Bullock, our head of Nature Conservation said:
'We’re delighted to be working with Banrock Station on their ‘Vote for Nature’ campaign. The five species of British animals in the project make our places special and act as important indicators of the state of the environment in general. These creatures face huge challenges to their survival: from climate change to water pollution, habitat loss and non-native invasive species. The funding will help to reduce some of the impact of these damaging factors; by supporting the campaign you are making a difference.'
This initiative is part of the long-term commitment Banrock Station has to giving nature a helping hand. Since 1994 Banrock Station has contributed £2.5m to 98 environmental projects in 13 countries worldwide.
Find out more about how the funding will go towards helping five creatures currently under threat in the UK:
Already almost extinct in southern England, this much-loved species is in serious decline due to squirrel pox carried by invasive non-native grey squirrels.
The elusive pine marten was once widespread across the UK, but after decades of persecution and habitat loss they are now restricted mainly to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Thanks to conservation efforts, otter populations are recovering well and are now once again to be found in most counties. However they still need a helping hand to look after the habitats they need to thrive.
All the UK species of bats can be found at National Trust places. Most species are vulnerable and several are now very rare, such as the greater and lesser horseshoe and barbastelles bats.
Climate change is a serious threat to puffins in the UK, as the sand-eels that form the main part of their diet become scarcer as sea temperatures rise. Falling numbers over recent years have caused concern about the future of these charming birds.