Support the Stepping Stones Appeal

Areas of heathland, flower-rich grassland and wetland were once extensive across the Shropshire hills, providing homes for wildlife including the dormouse, curlew, mountain pansy and small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly. All of these species have declined over the past 20 years, partly because their habitats have been cut off and isolated. Help us to create stepping stones and corridors between these remaining habitats to give plants and animals the chance to thrive in this special landscape.

Low cloud draped over the Shropshire Hills

How the appeal adds up

  • The project area covers 220km² of the Shropshire Hills
  • The curlew has declined 77% in the last 20 years here in Shropshire
  • We're creating corridors of habitats by connecting 2 major nature reserves - Long Mynd and the Stiperstones
  • Stepping Stones is a 50 year vision for a Shropshire landscape rich in wildlife

Donate to Support the Stepping Stones Appeal

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Dormouse in a nesting box
£10 The dormouse is suffering from a loss of habitat in the Shropshire Hills. A £10 donation will pay for a nesting box. Thank you for giving a home to this special animal.
£20 Roadside verges are being cut and mowed earlier every year, which means we're losing summer wildflowers. £20 will help to restore 10m of verge to flower-rich grassland - great news for bees, butterflies and birds, which rely on these plants for food.
Volunteers work on a roadside verge project
Hedgerow planting at Hughenden
£80 Hedgerows provide food and shelter for wildlife. By planting new ones, we're linking up isolated areas of habitats across the Shropshire Hills. Thank you, your donation of £80 will pay for 10m of fencing to protect a newly planted hedgerow.
Or enter your own amount that's £3 or more
Sheep grazing on the Long Mynd in South Shropshire

Stepping Stones Project

Find out all about this landscape scale project in the Shropshire Hills and how you can be involved.

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 everyone, for ever.

Donate now to protect wildlife habitats in the Shropshire Hills