Consider a lasting gift
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust is urging people who are making a will to take a moment to consider including a gift to wildlife writes GEORGE MURRAY
A MAGNIFICENT woodland where you can forget the stresses of everyday life, Finemere Wood exists in large part because of the generosity of local nature lovers over the years.
Our supporters and volunteers contribute so much in the here and now to help us protect and nurture wildlife, and those who go on to leave a lasting gift in their Will ensure that wildlife has a place where it can thrive and survive in the future.
This week, September 10-16 is ‘Remember a Charity Week’ - a timely reminder of the importance of making a Will, and ensuring our families, friends and favourite causes receive what we wish them to.
Gifts that have been left to BBOWT in Wills have made a huge contribution to our ability to protect local wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
Wildlife is more at risk than ever – species and habitats are under threat.
These gifts are essential contributions that can never be forgotten, helping to preserve what is closest to our hearts so that a shared love of nature is not lost forever.
Finemere was once used by kings and queens for hunting wild boar. Along with Rushbeds Wood and Whitecross Green nature reserves, also in Buckinghamshire, it was a part of the ancient Royal Forest of Bernwood.
Throughout the year, the wood has the thrilling atmosphere of a very old, wild place. An impressive 200 species of flowers have been recorded here.
At the heart of the wood there is a sheltered haven of rough pasture and thickets.
Traditional grazing has encouraged the return of plants such as ragged-robin and cuckooflower in the spring and saw-wort, betony and devil’sbit scabious in the summer.
In the autumn, the low sun highlights the seed heads of grasses like wood small-reed and tufted hair-grass.
Finemere Wood is also home to the magnificent Purple Emperor butterfly.
Pressure on land continues to grow, so it is more important than ever to protect areas like Finemere Wood before they are gone forever.
Habitat loss has already meant extinction for some species in Buckinghamshire, and is a growing threat.
All gifts to BBOWT will not only help to save precious wildlife habitats and some of the most threatened species in the country, but will also help to enthuse new generations of nature lovers.
Making provision for a gift in your Will to BBOWT is a straightforward thing to do. For more information please visit www.bbowt.org.uk/legacy, contact our membership team in confidence at membership@ bbowt.org.uk or call 01865 788300 between 9am and 5pm.
Finemere Wood is home to the magnificent Purple Emperor butterfly
Volunteers work hard to main Finemere Wood