Froglife is privileged to be supported by a wide range of organisations and individuals.
Broadcaster and naturalist Mike Dilger is a familiar face to viewers of the BBC’s One Show where he is a regular wildlife presenter. With an enthusiastic and user-friendly approach to bringing wildlife facts and stories to life, the Froglife team were thrilled when he signed up as our Patron in 2012. Mike was heavily involved in our Tuppence a Toad campaign to raise funds and awareness for the threats facing Common Toads, and hosted the finale night by hosting an evening of talks at the Institute of Zoology. He has also had a practical taster of our work, having filmed with our Green Pathways project for BBC Children in Need at our allotment in Peterborough, met the newts at Hampton Nature Reserve and been out with a Toad Patrol in action on a busy spring evening.
“The more I’ve learned about Froglife’s work, the more I’ve understood the threats facing amphibians and reptiles and the huge amount of work needed to help these amazing creatures survive,” says Mike. “It’s crucial that we take a double pronged approach to this, with on-the-ground work supplemented by efforts to inspire people and get them to buy in to the cause. It’s been a pleasure getting to know Froglife, its staff and volunteers and I’m proud to be Patron of this passionate and proactive organisation.”
Jules is a zoologist, international non-fiction author and regular writer for The Guardian and BBC Wildlife Magazine. A former Froglifer, Jules has a genuine soft spot for frogs and toads and has fond memories of his years on Froglife’s enquiry line, particularly during spring-time.
“For me, amphibians and reptiles are mysterious, weird and not altogether… normal. This is why I love them. And they’re also so accessible. Anyone, regardless of their demographic in life, can be engaged by frogs. Through them, anyone can be sparked off into a lasting interest in science and nature. This was certainly the case for me.”
As well as writing and presenting, Jules is also a UK Science Ambassador. In the last five years, Jules has worked with 100,000 pupils, encouraging careers in science including palaeontology, zoology and wildlife conservation. Jules also presents at (and hosts for) a number of science festivals, including Edinburgh International Science Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, TEDx and IDEAcity Toronto.
“Froglife’s strength is in its unique perspective. Wildlife conservation is mostly about saving wild places. But we, I guess, need saving a bit too. Our lives can be made better through nature. Froglife gets that. Being a Patron, having worked at Froglife, is a real honour and a privilege. I’m delighted to be involved.”
We are very pleased to have five MSPs on board supporting our species in Scotland, they are:
The majority of Froglife’s funding comes through projects – our practical conservation work, education or learning schemes and research. The list below shows every organisation that is currently supporting our busy programme to help amphibians and reptiles thrive.
You can find a full break down of our finances and funding in our Annual Review.
Grant making trusts and organisations
London Dragon Finder Co-Funding from Councils
Our London Dragon Finder project is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with some other grant co-funding (mentioned above). It is also supported by a number of Borough Councils, supporting the work that is taking place in their patch:
Scottish Dragon Finder Co-funders
Our Scottish Dragon Finder project is mainly funded by the Heritage LotteryFund, but does require co-funding and to date this is being provided by:
Angus Environmental Trust – Central Scotland Forest Trust – Falkirk Environment Trust – Glasgow Nature History Society – Score Environment – SSE – West Dunbartonshire Council – Aberdeen Council – Action Earth – Clackmannshire & Stirling Environment Trust – East Ayrshire Leisure
Our Business Supporters
|CJ Wildlife – this company, which offers a full range of wildlife products as well as food, has become a charity partner providing us with an annual donation, commission on sales generated through this link and promotional opportunities.||Better Together – This project supports our education work in Peterborough with trained volunteers||Environmentjob.co.uk – a really useful site for eco-friendly careers. They support us with free and discounted advertising for our jobs, volunteer roles and training courses|
|Birdsong – Charity consultant Sam Attenborough gives Froglife pro bono support with management, staff support and strategy development.||CSS Copiers – support us with free and discounted printing equipment and servicing.||Mears – This social housing and home improvement company gives us free access to their brilliant workshop facilities in Peterborough for our education projects to use, providing a vital indoor venue for cold or wet days.|
|Michael Wheat Your local pond & garden design specialists, creating ponds and gardens that are visually stunning, architectural, artistic and full of colour.||www.watersidenursery.co.uk – supply us with already potted pond plants and provide us with financial support.|
The following companies have given their staff time off to help as volunteers on our habitat projects. These teams have been enormously valuable and have helped us to deliver a number of habitat projects, we would like to thank the staff and the companies:
Gordon Lowe gives us a discount on pond liners.