This June, why not grab a “ticket to your happy place” thanks to the National Lottery and enjoy all that our reserves have to discover? With special offers and free entry at participating venues, read on to find out more about the offers and how the money raised through the National Lottery has benefitted nature and people in England.
Header image: A family enjoys RSPB Old Moor
Image: views across RSPB Ham Wall towards Glastonbury Tor. Credit: Colin Wilkinson
Image: Visitors enter RSPB Pulborough Brooks. Credit: Eleanor Bentall
Image: Views across the lake at RSPB Sandwell Valley. Credit: Andy Purcell
Image: A family birdwatch at RSPB Leighton Moss. Credit: Darren Andrews
Image: The visitor centre at RSPB Saltholme
Not only has lottery funding helped to shape a fantastic array of our reserves across the country, but in September, The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded funding to the RSPB through its Heritage Emergency Fund. Aiming to help charities recover from a loss of revenue and the additional costs incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme enabled us to keep people connected to nature at a critical time.
Funding secured through the Heritage Emergency Fund was used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), screens and sanitiser to ensure the health and safety of our teams and visitors. We put in place welcome huts, tepees and interpretation across the country to orientate visitors around our nature reserves. We modified our outdoor and take-away café facilities and extended our digital marketing to further connect people to nature too. This all meant that we were able to largely keep our nature reserves open for local people to take their daily exercise through lockdown and are delighted to be welcoming back those from further afield more recently.
Image: Children enjoy the views across RSPB Titchwell Marsh
The many projects funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund over the years prove that every penny counts, with every National Lottery ticket you buy making a difference to causes like ours.
Without National Lottery players, and our incredible members, much of the exciting developments and conservation work on our reserves, like those above and more, would not have been possible. If you want to make a lasting difference here at the RSPB, why not become a member today for as little as £5? By becoming a member of the RSPB, you’ll gain free access to over 200 reserves across the UK all year round, plus free copies of our wildlife packed magazine, Nature’s Home.
Already a member? Thank you for your support, we couldn’t do this without you. Why not introduce one of your friends to what an RSPB reserve can offer for free this June by taking part in the National Lottery’s open week at participating reserves?
#Thankstoyou, our nature reserves continue to be a haven for both wildlife and people alike. To find out more about the reserves offering a “ticket to your happy place” in conjunction with the National Lottery, see here
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