2014-2017: £21,000 Raised and Donated
Upon the completion of our latest recent TV series, Britain’s Treasure Islands, we have raised and donated £1,300 to each of the sixteen UK Overseas Territories (treating Ascension Island, Saint Helena and Tristan da Cunha separately). We also donated £500 to the conservation of the New Island Conservation Trust to support the conservation of Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands. In total, we raised and donated £21,300 to support the conservation of the UK Overseas Territories.
2007 – 2014: US $10,000 Raised and Donated
We raised approximately US $10,000 from sales of our book products to support two projects:
Meadowview Biological Station (www.pitcherplant.org) to support the Joseph Pines Preserve – a 78 acre reserve in Virginia, USA aimed at the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s imperilled longleaf pine forests – the habitats of sundews (Drosera), butterworts (Pinguicula), pitcher plants (Sarracenia) and bladderworts (Utricularia). The preservation of the remaining wetlands of the south eastern United States is of critical importance since not only are these environments remarkably diverse habitats for a wide range of endangered plant, bird, animal and insect species but also, unfortunately, only 1 – 2% of the original wetland habitats remains today. Aside from the massive ecological value of these areas, the wetlands of the south eastern United States represent some of the most beautiful and unusual natural landscapes of the North American Continent. Yet destruction continues.
Ark of Life (www.arkoflife.net), a project founded by Stewart McPherson, which aims to safeguard rare species of carnivorous plants that are extinct, or nearly extinct in the wild. Ark of Life assembles and maintains permanent collections of rare plants species in cultivation. By purchasing and conserving as many genetically distinct lineages of each critically imperilled plant species as possible, the Ark of Life collections act as a safeguard, so that complete extinction in the wild does not ultimately mean complete extinction overall. Maintaining genetic diversity in culture in an organised way ensures hope for the possibility of future reintroduction programmes to take endangered plants back out to the wild. For most of the plant species protected by Ark of Life have absolutely no other means of protection. For monoecious plants, in which each individual plant is a single-sex, such as Nepenthes pitcher plants, the work of Ark of Life is particularly important, because multiple strains of plants of both sexes must be conserved in order for any hope to remain for the future.
If you like our products, please support our fundraising efforts by purchasing from this site to help raise funds for these important projects.
Part of the Ark of Life Rare Nepenthes Collection.