Ex­plains how wildlife needs a help­ing hand

Ben Van­heems

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

THE nat­u­ral world is a beau­ti­ful thing. When­ever I need to re­set the clock and soothe my mind I sim­ply head out into the coun­try­side.

Na­ture helps to re­store a sense of per­spec­tive in a fast-paced world. It’s there when­ever you need it, and know­ing it will be there for gen­er­a­tions to come is hugely re­as­sur­ing.

Yet it is all too easy to take na­ture for granted. The as­sump­tion is that be­cause it’s wild it takes care of it­self; but in to­day’s highly man­aged land­scape, wildlife needs our help if it is to stand its ground.

Pres­sures from farm­ing, de­vel­op­ment and pol­lu­tion have made the work of con­ser­va­tion char­i­ties such as BBOWT cru­cial to pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing pre­cious spa­ces for wildlife like the Em­peror Drag­on­fly pic­tured here. (Photo by John Val­len­der).

Hav­ing the re­sources re­quired to do this has en­abled the Trust to se­cure wildlif­erich sites in the Chilterns that were in dan­ger o be­ing lost for­ever, and pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble species such as wa­ter voles that have seen an alarm­ing de­cline over re­cent decades. Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple like you, it is also in­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of wildlife cham­pi­ons.

One way of help­ing lo­cal wildlife is to re­mem­ber BBOWT in your will.

Per­haps your legacy could help to cre­ate and main­tain a new na­ture re­serve that your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren will en­joy.

Ev­ery gift, no mat­ter how big or small, counts – you re­ally don’t have to be wealthy to make an ap­pre­cia­ble im­pact.

Ear­lier this month, you may have seen pub­lic­ity for ‘Re­mem­ber a Char­ity in your Will’ week.

While it’s im­por­tant to take care of loved ones first and fore­most, spar­ing an ad­di­tional thought for your favourite char­ity can make all the dif­fer­ence.

The most ef­fec­tive way of re­mem­ber­ing a char­ity in your Will is to leave a ‘resid­uary be­quest’.

This is ex­pressed as a per­cent­age of your es­tate rather than a spe­cific sum, which is more likely to keep pace with in­fla­tion.

Do­na­tions to char­ity are also ex­empt from in­her­i­tance tax.

If you have al­ready made a will there’s no need to rewrite it; an ex­tra clause or ‘cod­i­cil’ is very sim­ple to add.

Find out more about leav­ing a legacy at www.bbowt.org.uk/legacy.

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