A new trend for ‘virtual’ Christmas gifts that benefit the natural environment and support local heritage or wildlife charities has been welcomed by Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for the Environment.
Last minute shoppers stuck for gift ideas for lovers of British wildlife can sponsor a puffin or a stretch of hedgerow to protect hedgehogs and even help preserve a natural beauty spot.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said:
'These imaginative gift ideas show just some of the wonderful ways that charities are working to care for our finest landscapes and most endangered wildlife. Buying your loved-ones one of these unusual and thoughtful presents means that they can also play their part in safeguarding our natural heritage.'
Some examples of gifts include:
- Puffins only lay one egg a year, which makes their populations very vulnerable. The RSPB offer the chance to sponsor one of these much-loved birds helping them to provide safer nesting sites on its coastal reserves.
- From restoring river corridors for otters, to helping keep wildflower meadows in bloom, The Wildlife Trust’s adoption schemes are run by individual Trusts so you know that you’re sponsoring wildlife in your local area.
- For those who love landscapes as much as animals the National Trust offers the chance to sponsor a stretch of Devon coastline or restore a mountain footpath.