We were delighted to celebrate our fortieth year in 2013 -- here's how we marked this important milestone:
2013 marks forty years since the very first meeting of the founding members of the charity and is being celebrated with a wide range of events and activities from March 2013 through to March 2014.
Our Patron, His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Mr Adam Wood is hosting a special reception at Government House on 20th March to kick things off, and this is followed by a wide range of different activities that everyone can get involved in.
It is not just about looking back at past achievements – it is also a time to look forward to what the future holds for wildlife on our Island.
While public awareness of conservation has increased dramatically over the past 40 years – and some old threats have been overcome and put to rest – others have grown and new ones appeared in that time.
Increasing demand for land for housing, industry and infrastructure puts pressure on our natural habitats, which is why the upcoming review of the all island strategic plan, and the following eastern area plan will be important stepping stones to identifying and protecting such sites.
Protect for marine habitats
Increasing the area of our seas that is protected under marine Nature Reserve or Marine Conservation Zone status is needed if we are to see a sustainable marine environment surrounding our precious isle, while the increasing energy demands and costs of modern society has created a new dilemma – the need to balance the needs of species and habitats in the face of renewable energy systems.
For the Trust there is much to be done in the coming years.
This year we hope to hit our target of £70,000 for our new reserve outside Onchan, and there are plans to improve the facilities at our visitor centres and other focal points around the Island: A new network of five Marine Scene observation points will be officially opened this year.
And lastly, we also aim to start our first large scale Living Landscape Project in the forthcoming 12 months.
You can help!
If you’re not already a member of the Trust, why not join us!
Make a donation to help us achieve our aims, how about £40 for 40 years?