Welcome to The Carnivorous Plant Society's Conservation Page, where you can find out all about what we've been up to on the conservation front as well as information about our conservation fund. If you have any projects that might benefit from our assistance then we would love to hear from you.
NEWS! The CPS is proud to announce that we have donated £250 to the IUCN's Campaign for Carnivorous Plants, on behalf of our members. The IUCN's project is hoping to raise enough funds to be able to assess the current status of all carnivorous plants in their native habitats. This information will allow conservation agencies to be able to work with countries to implement conservation management plans that will help to save these amazing plant species.
“Providing accurate and up-to-date IUCN Red List conservation assessments for all carnivorous plants will be an invaluable tool for research scientists and conservationists around the globe.” – Sir David Attenborough, Patron of the IUCN SSC Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group.
The Conservation Fund
Set up in 1998, the fund supports conservation projects involving carnivorous plants and their habitats. The Society is committed to protecting these amazing plants and helping to preserve them for future generations to enjoy. To this end, the types of project that could attract funding (though not an exhaustive list) may include: protection of habitats; site development or regeneration; education; native plant re-introductions and scientific research.
The majority of monies within the fund are raised by Society members - through donations and financial gifts. The AGM hosts annual fundraising events, including plant auctions and raffles which are fantastic for the fund and for the lucky winners! (More information about upcoming events may be found on the Society Calendar).
Applications to the fund are warmly invited, so please see the downloadable guidelines and application forms below:
Some of the projects which have benefited from our conservation fund:
- Irish Peatland conservation council - Plants for the Flytraps' house
- Joseph Pines preserve - Bogland Conservation
- Reading University - Rose Souza Richards, Research of Drosera beleziana and D. x obovata
- Reading University - Rose Souza Richards, Funding to study Drosera hybrids in the UK
- Ark Of Life - Protecting rare Nepenthes and Sarracenia
Stewart McPherson, on behalf of Ark of Life (2012):
"I wish to thank the Society very sincerely for the donation of £500 to the cause of Ark of Life. As you may be aware, Ark of Life is a non-profit initiative set up to prevent endangered carnivorous plant taxa from becoming extinct in the wild.
Ark of Life is currently in the process of establishing collections to preserve endangered Sarracenia, as well as South African and Australian carnivorous plant taxa. The £500 which the Society has so kindly donated to support this important cause will be used to cover costs for a greenhouse to house a Rare Sarracenia Collection in the UK."