Explains how wildlife needs a helping hand
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.