The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has suffered a considerable loss of income during the 2020/2021 season. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic have been dramatic and the Trust has not been left unscathed by the impact of the virus, with cost cutting and some loss of valued staff as a result.
Our commitment to and delivery of conservation has continued during the pandemic with much of our conservation delivery fortunately unaffected.
This has only been possible with the membership subscriptions and many kind, generous donations from our members. We have been humbled by the generosity of many of our supporters throughout this difficult time when many have experienced sadness and loss of their own.
One of the few ways in recent years that we have been able to recognise your support and kindness was to offer free landing on Skomer island. The free landing benefit always represented an erosion of our charitable income but was sustainable and a benefit that we have been committed to offer.
Change to benefits
The significant amount of income lost during the last financial year and the projected further loss of income in the 2021/22 financial year does mean that we will sadly be forced to temporarily remove this benefit. This decision was difficult and not been taken lightly and the Trust remains committed to re-instating it for next season on the clear assumption that income returns to a more normal level.
Our member’s support for the charity has always been altruistic rather than transactional and whilst we do recognise that the temporary removal of the free landing benefit will be upsetting for some we do feel that safeguarding the finances, future and work of the charity for this next uncertain year is paramount.
We are confident that your continuing support will enable us to maintain our delivery of conservation on Skomer, Skokholm and our land based reserves during these difficult times.