Scilly’s Wildlife Trust Looking For New Funding
Scilly’s Wildlife Trust says it needs to find new income streams if it is going to survive beyond its current grants.
And that could include providing a combined wildlife, heritage and tourist information centre for the islands.
Writing in the new ‘yearbook’, which gives an overview of the Trust’s activities in 2014, Chief Executive Sarah Mason says the organisation gets its income from just a few sources at the moment.
That means they’re going to start looking for new funding streams, including more money from their existing members.
The Trust is also investigating a ‘Friends of the Isles of Scilly’ scheme to generate more cash.
Their accounts showed funding increased last year by over £100,000 to £356,000.
The bulk of that, around £210,000, was from Defra’s Environmental Stewardship scheme, which pays the Trust for its land management activities in Scilly.
And last year the Council also outsourced its AONB work to them, bringing in a further £62,000.
Income from membership fees more than doubled to £13,500.
But outgoings including staff costs and restructuring also increased, leaving a year-end surplus of £46,000.
The Trust says last year they continued their land management work across the islands, including the controversial grazing policy, which the organisation says is necessary to protect habitats and species.
They’ve introduced a new survey programme to make sure it’s having the desired effect on the wildlife.
The organisation also introduced a new communications plan to raise their profile and they report that they now have almost 6,000 followers on Twitter, the largest number of any organisation on the islands.
Next month the Trust will take on six full-time sandwich students undertaking Countryside Management degrees at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.