Moth Challenge Fund
Moths are a beautiful and endlessly fascinating part of our natural world. They play a vital role in the functioning of the ecosystem, as a key component in the food chain and as plant pollinators. Their wholesale decline, with two thirds of UK moths suffering fast reducing numbers and shrinking distribution, is indicative of a diminishing insect biodiversity likely to impact more broadly on all our fauna and flora. With your help we can do something.
Match Pot 3 Appeal
In 1996 a tax was introduced to reduce the amount of rubbish we throw away. The unique part about this tax fund is that money raised can be used for environmental projects. Providing we can secure a matching 10% from independent sources, we can apply to this fund. By supporting Match Pot, every £1 donated will allow us to spend £10 on new projects to save threatened species.
Every Penny Counts
£10 will buy 20 primrose plants, providing food for Duke of Burgundy caterpillars. £20 means we can clear 100 sq metres of brambles. The Grizzled Skipper butterfly thrives on old industrial sites like rubbish tips and railway lines but can only breed where the vegetation is kept short. £30 will allow us to employ a contractor to coppice 100 sq metres of woodland. Letting light into overgrown areas encourages wild violets grow, providing food for High Brown Fritillary caterpillars.
Rough Bank has been saved for the nation thanks to the generosity of our supporters but still much work needs to be done. The 44 acres of flowery grassland, woodland and pasture in the Cotswolds is already inhabited by four beautiful blue butterflies - Adonis, Chalkhill, Small and Common, plus the remarkably rare Narrow–bordered Bee Hawk Moth. The site presents perfect conditions to support the reintroduction of the Large Blue and Duke of Burgundy butterflies – please help us achieve this.