The Wildlife Habitat Trust’s (WHT) 2017 Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp will be launched by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP at The Game Fair today (Friday July 28th).
The stamp features artwork entitled Wigeon on the Dornoch Firth by Jonathan Latimer.
The stamp will be launched at 11.30am in the WHT area of the BASC stand at the fair at Hatfield House.
Visitors to the WHT stand will have the opportunity to purchase stamps, badges and limited edition prints. Funds raised will be used to protect land for shooting and conservation.
An art exhibition on the BASC stand will provide the opportunity for visitors to enjoy and purchase original artwork.
The stamp launch will be sponsored by Tanners Wines of Shrewsbury.
The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) was set up in 1986 at the request of members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). It is dedicated to raising and distributing funds to help with the acquisition of land for shooting and conservation.
To date the Trust has enabled clubs to buy 4242 acres of land for shooting and conservation valued at £3,477,818.
Some of the Trust funds have also gone into the conservation of vital habitats on the staging and breeding grounds of our migratory waterfowl and waders. Over the last few years the WHT has provided grants to help restore important wetland stop-over sites. The most recent being on floodplains of the Pripyat River in southern Belarus. The grants have helped restore open floodplain grazing which was becoming dominated by shrubs and rough vegetation due to changes in farming practice.
Each year the WHT commissions a famous wildlife artist to produce a piece of wildlife art. From this, a Habitat Stamp is produced and this is available for sale to the public at £5.