- Barn Owl Trust
The Barn Owl Trust is a UK charity which aims to conserve the Barn Owl and its environment. They carry out practical conservation, research and educational work, advise farmers, government and landowners, and run a free information service. They also look after sick and injured owls in a genuine owl sanctuary - a place of peaceful retreat.
- British Hen Welfare Trust
Since 2005 the British Hen Welfare Trust has been rescuing hens from slaughter and rehoming them as pets throughout the UK. Working with farmers in the egg industry, it designed and developed the original rehoming model and have rehomed over 810,000 hens to date.
- Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Every year Ferne rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes over 500 animals. Since they were founded, they have re-homed over 40,000 animals. Each year they take in unwanted horses, farm animals and small pets and find them loving homes, either at the Sanctuary or in the local community. They have over 300 abandoned and unwanted animals at the sanctuary, many with complex problems, so they stay there, and look after them forever. Visitors, volunteers and donations are always welcome.
- Rare Breeds Survival Trust
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust monitors the number of rare and native breeds. Every year they collect data from breed societies and use the number of animals registered in a year to estimate the total number of breeding females. From this they produce our annual Watchlist. They also monitor threats to breeds. Other factors can threaten our breeds such as inbreeding and geographical concentration. They monitor and try to reduce these.
The RBST save genetics in the UK National Gene Bank. They collect genetics from animals, usually semen from males but also embryos. This is their insurance policy. If a breed were to become extinct, they can use this store to revive a breed.
They save animals. In emergencies, RBST will buy genetically important stock and place it in approved breeding centres.
They promote the breeding and registration of rare and native breeds. Together their staff, members and support groups provide a network of knowledge to support and encourage breeders.
The RBST promotes the use of rare and native breeds for Food, Fibre and Conservation Grazing.
- Shetland Sheep Society
The mission of the Shetland Sheep Society is to promote all aspects of the breed, to encourage the breeding, keeping and welfare of Shetland Sheep and to uphold the 1927 Breed Standard, within the UK mainland.
The Society does this by exhibiting sheep, their wool and craft products, at shows and events all over the UK.