Making Meadows appeal
As a nation we've lost 97 per cent of wildflower meadows since the 1930s, with a huge knock-on effect to wildlife and plants. Can you help us create and restore more vital habitats like meadows to help save wildlife and biodiversity?
The figures are frightening, but you can help fight back
- Since 1900, almost 1.6 million hectares of wildflower meadows have been lost
- In the last decade alone, 72% of our butterflies have disappeared
- The UK's turtle doves have suffered a 93% decline in population
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Why meadows are so important
Habitats to help insects at risk
Two out of 27 recorded UK species of bumblebee are no longer with us. But it's not too late to reverse these trends by creating meadows for nature and insects to call home.
Making the countryside vibrant again
Wildflower meadows like Belfast Meadows in Northern Ireland were a traditional feature of our countryside. We want to put many colourful meadows like this on the map.
Thanks to donations and gifts in wills from supporters like you, we've created hay meadows in the White Peak, Derbyshire where rare flowers like the purple orchid now thrive.
Sustaining 100s of rare species
Wildflower meadows provide food and shelter for many vital pollinators and plants that in turn support birds like the skylark and the turtle dove.
Places for enjoying nature
There's nothing like running through the long grasses in summer meadows. It's part of our childhood and natural heritage.
" The National Trust is doing everything it can to create more space for nature so that we can bring back and restore all those wild flowers, all of those birds, all of those bees that we've lost from the countryside in the last 50 years."
We're a charity and rely on your donations to help our conservation work
Why give to the National Trust?
As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.