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  1. The 28th April 2018 is Save the Frogs Day, now in its 10th year.

    Save The Frogs Day aims to provide frog enthusiasts with educational materials, ideas and inspiration to enable them to educate local communities about amphibians.  

    So this is a great opportunity to tell you about two memberships you could give a nature lover or frog, toad or snake lover - hop to it!


    Froglife has been working to conserve native amphibians and reptiles since 1989.  It has initiated national and regional projects and been a central voice for advice on issues on reptile and amphibian conservation.  Froglife's work covers three areas:

    1. On the ground conservation
    2. Environmental education
    3. Communication – that is, providing advice and information

    Froglife FriendsGive a Froglife Friendship

    Give a Froglife Friendship and your gift will contribute to the conservation of the UK’s amphibians and reptiles, and your loved one will receive a special pack with:

    • Natterchat – the charity’s bi-annual magazine with news and features on everything going on in the world of amphibian and reptile conservation in the UK
    • Just Add Water” which is all about creating and maintaining a wildlife ponid
    • Friends can receive discounts on tickets to Froglife events and merchandise.

    A single and joint friendship is available and prices start at £18 for a year.

    Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

    Give ARC a voice to the UK’s amphibians and reptiles, enabling the charity to improve habitats and save species.

    ARC works on conservation, education, influencing policy and legislation, conservation activities underpinned by scientific research and it runs projects and campaigns.

    Give an ARC Friendship as a gift, and for as little as £2 per month you will receive:-

    • Friends welcome pack with a selection of colourful leaflets and posters, Amphibian and Reptile ID guides, an ARC pen, ARC pencil and one of their lovely enamel ARC newt logo pin badges!
    • HopGossip! – their colourful bi-annual magazine full of new, features and information about the world of amphibian and reptile conservation. See our latest issue.
    • Exclusive invites and discounts to Amphibian and Reptile Conservation events.   Find out about the ARC Friends Days!

    Become a Friend of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
    Become a Friend of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

    If you’d like to purchase an ARC Friendship as a gift, please  e-mail 


    Protect a Toad, Fight for Frogs, Sponsor a Snake

    Froglife also have virtual gifts such as Protect a Toad, Fight for Frogs, Sponsor a Snake.  These are all £10 and will help with conservation work to protect these animals.

    Fight for Frogs - a £10 gift for nature lovers from Froglife
    Fight for Frogs - a £10 gift for nature lovers from Froglife

    Sponsor a Sand Lizard, Sponsor a Pool Frog, Sponsor a Smooth Snake

    And similarly you can sponsor any of these animals with ARC and the sponsorship is part of various campaigns with targets to reach so your gift can be part of a specific project.

    Sponsor a sand lizard
    Sponsor a sand lizard
    with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

    Amphibians and reptiles need all the help they can get because they are vital to biodiversity and a healthy planet so give your support and the nature lover in your life a really meaningful gift and help their cause. 

  2. I've just spent an hour watching Springtime on the Farm, which is back for a week on Channel 5 at 8pm every night (starting Monday 9 April 2018).

    So I thought it would be an opportunity to raise awareness of a couple of sheep societies and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, too.  They all run memberships, and it's a great way to support their work to raise awareness of sheep breeds and discover more about this woolly animals. 

    The Hebridean Sheep Society The Hebridean Sheep Society exists to promote the virtues of the Hebridean sheep. It works to promote the conservation and preservation of Hebridean sheep as a distinctive, viable breed, and to educate and inform the public of the virtues of the Hebridean sheep.   Join the Hebridean Sheep Society here
     Join the Shetland Sheep Society The Shetland Sheep Society has almost 500 members around the UK and further afield.   Their members are passionate about the breed and you don't have to own sheep to join.  The society aims to support the breed.   You'll find membership benefits here and you can join here.
     Find out more about the Rare Breeds Survival Trust The Rare Breeds Survival Trust works to monitor, save and promote rare and native farm breeds.  There's a list of rare breeds here for equines, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry.  Members help support the Trust undertake its work and save these breeds.  There are also groups of volunteers around the UK.  Find out more here
    Practical Sheep, Goats and Alpacas Magazine You could also take out a magazine subscription to Practical Sheep, Goats and Alpacas, which is a great way to discover more about them.  It's a one stop shop with everything you need to know about owning these animals.  Available through


  3. 15% Off Annual & Gift Membership At English Heritage

    15% Off Annual & Gift Membership At English Heritage
    Use the code EH2018 
    by 30 April 2018

    Membership gives you unlimited access to over 400 historic places for a whole year, where you can stand in the places history happened.

    Members enjoy:

    • Unlimited access to over 400 historic properties across the country, a whole year’s worth of fun days out.
    • Free entry for up to six accompanying children per adult member.
    • Free or reduced-price entry to exclusive members’ events giving you access to our experts and a glimpse behind the scenes.
    • Exclusive Members’ Magazine four times a year with in-depth features about our properties and wider work, also includes a nationwide events guide.
    • Free handbook worth £10.95 to help plan your next exciting day out.
    • Special offers, discounts and competitions for a great variety of products and experiences. English Heritage car sticker.

    Click here to go English Heritage's website