Born of the candlelight lectures, delivered by NHSN members in the 1890’s to reconnect young people from North East England with the region’s children with nature, our Lantern Fund Appeal ensures that even the most excluded young people have an opportunity to experience the natural world. Through our work with partners, we directly fund field trips designed to bring young people up close and personal with wildlife. In doing so, sparking curiosity in those otherwise denied access to nature. Through the Lantern Fund we also support young people doing their bit for nature: whether through research, practical conservation or public engagement. That is why now, we’re issuing a call to arms to help young naturalist, Amy Charlton, transform a small area of urban Newcastle into a wildlife haven.
Below Amy gives an account of her project in her own words:
“My project is to develop urbans margins at DS Smith Newcastle with the goal of improving the environment, increasing biodiversity and helping offset carbon emissions.
During my project, I hope to increase biodiversity by creating as many different types of habitats as possible, including a rockery, wet garden and wildflower meadow. Throughout this there will be a focus on encouraging bees and butterflies to the area, so to combat the current decline in pollinator populations, but also emphasis on encouraging birds to the site – by providing them with suitable nesting sites as well as food during the winter months. I hope that, as well as improving the local environment, this project also inspires employees to head outside and get involved with nature.
Any donations made in support of my project would play a major part in increasing biodiversity: allowing me to design suitable habitats and create a sanctuary for wildlife in the centre of a concrete jungle. While also allowing me to fulfil a task that I am incredibly passionate about. As a young naturalist, I believe projects like this can only inspire and encourage more people to get involved with and give back to nature.”
Should you choose to donate to our 2018 Lantern Fund Appeal and directly support the next generation of naturalists, you can do so by post to Natural History Society of Northumbria,
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT. Or online, here.