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Membership: The Next Steps

Membership is changing – for the better

We want to ensure that we can support the projects we fund for years to come, helping them to plan for the long-term and implement meaningful, sustainable change.

As part of our 35th anniversary this year, we are making an exciting change to our Membership programme. Having recently met with long-term supporters and gained valuable feedback on our activities and fundraising methods, our research helped us to understand that, in order to keep up with modern day requirements, we need to ensure that our fundraising methods are relevant, up-to-date and as efficient – administratively and financially – as possible.  We were also reminded that family is at the heart of everything we do and that the Shepherd family’s continued involvement with DSWF remains as important to our supporters as it is to us.

With that in mind, we are making two positive changes to our Membership programme:

  • In future our Members will be called Wildlife Shepherds. We hope this playful name not only brings a smile, but is also a special reminder that we consider every supporter a part of our DSWF family.
  • Our Wildlife Shepherds will be made up of those who choose to invest in longer term support for DSWF by making a regular gift to us. In this way, we will be able to efficiently streamline our fundraising efforts and administrative costs, thereby ensuring that as much of the donation as possible is directed where it is needed most.

The difference a regular gift could make…

A wildlife ranger will spend up to 240 days a year sleeping out in the bush on patrol to protect endangered species.

£5 a month could help provide vital supplies to enable these brave men and women to continue the fight against wildlife crime.


If you would like to become a Wildlife Shepherd, please visit our donations page to set up your regular gift.

Thank you.

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