Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Started by Sir Peter Scott, the WWT does amazing work to preserve vital habitat for wetland birds all over the world. There are a number of WWT centres around Britain, including the London Wetlands Centre, where Simon King was based for Springwatch and Martin Mere in Lancashire, where Bill Oddie and I spent many a happy hour for Autumnwatch. They are great places for people of any age to learn about and see some of the world's most spectacular birds. Joining the WWT gets you in to all the centres around Britain. You can also adopt-a-bird - great present. Find out more on the WWT website.
The Marine Conservation Society
The Marine Conservation Society does fantastic work. They run all sorts of projects, from beach clean-ups to lobbying the government for more, much-needed, marine reserves. Seasearch is a part of the MCS, providing training for SCUBA divers who want to take part in monitoring Britain's marine life. Anyone who treasures our coastline, our beaches and our marine life can help make a huge difference. Find out more on the website.
Wildlife Vets International
This is a new charity and both Steve Leonard and I thought it was such a good idea we both agreed to become patrons. Wildlife Vets International provides specialist veterinary expertise to support people working in wildlife conservation all over the world. Many small, local conservation organisations find it hard to fund the often hugely specialist veterinary care they need. WVI provides vets, drugs and most crucially training to projects supporting some of the world's most endangered wildlife, including the Sumatran Tiger and the Amur Leopard. Visit the website to find out more.