Donating via Ko-fi

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As with all charities, donations are vital to our work.  Now there is another way you start donating to The Seahorse Trust – for the price of a cuppa!  Ko-fi allows people to donate via their website the price of a cup of coffee (£3).  You can buy as many cups of coffee as you like, and the donations all go towards funding our vital work to save the world’s seahorses.  Here is just some of the work we have been able to do with your kind donations:

– advise projects all around the world, including 7 governments, organisations and individuals on all aspects of seahorse education and conservation (our two key functions)









– We have volunteers in over 30 different countries looking for seahorses for us in seahorse surveys in the sea and for the various trades such as the curio and medicine trades; only by gathering this information can we have a greater understanding of seahorses in the wild and as they are used for the various trades that are sending them towards extinction.

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– This year we are hoping to start a project in April/May in Jordan to assist the Jordanian government on seahorse surveys, education and captive breeding of their native seahorses for release back into the wild. The is a tri-country project which includes Jordan, Ireland and ourselves but set up and organised by us.

– One of our main projects is the World Seahorse Survey and we started this back in 1994 and is now the longest running continuous survey of its kind in the world. The information form this survey is used for the conservation and education about seahorses throughout the world.

– The other main project is about the illegal trade in seahorses and other marine life and we hope to get these horrendous trades banned entirely.


If you would like to donate, please click on the link below and thank you very much for your generosity.

Virgin Giving link to the Stop the Curio Campaign

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We have now launched our Stop the Curio Trade Campaign on Virgin Giving, which is a very safe way of donating to your chosen cause.

Please help us by donating through Virgin Giving and help us to make the Curio Trade a thing of the past.

Click the link below and go straight to the Virgin Giving Campaign page.


Not good news at Studland Bay

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studland beach

Dear everyone,

Still no seahorses at South Beach (Studland Bay) this year despite so many hours in the water. The seagrass bed is like a desert with little to no life. Not only is it fragmented it the seagrass beyond the leading edge is very short and the scoop marks where the anchors have been are so obvious.

Please help to push this campaign as we need to try and get the authorities to change their minds and the only way to do this is collect data and information about the site. We have been running our Studland Seahorse Project since 2009 and the numbers have just crashed at the same time the seagrass has degraded. It has to be protected in line with international laws and environmental demands. Please dig deep and support our work.
Thank you.

PLease check out our GoFundMe page

Joint Adopt a Seahorse scheme with MCS

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Dear all, we have a formed a partnership with our colleagues at the Marine Conservation Society and we now have a joint Adopt a Seahorse in addition to our own adopt a seahorse scheme. By working together we can get the message about the plight of seahorses out to a bigger audience and make a difference. The Adopt a Seahorse will provide funds to both organizations so we can carry out conservation, research and education programs to benefit seahorses and the marine environment. Why not sign up to the Adopt a Seahorse for Christmas (at the link below) at it would make a fantastic present and you will be helping seahorses and the environment at the same time.

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Imagine the power of a pound changing the world!

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Every year it costs between 45 and 50 thousand pound to run The Seahorse Trust but look what we do with that.

  • We advise and lobby for Marine Conservation Zones; Studland is now a proposed marine Conservation Zone because of you and with your help it will become fully protected in 2015
  • We study seahorses in the wild to understand them more so we can help protect them, our work has changed our understanding of seahorses, their behaviour and migration patterns around the world
  • We have advanced the science of seahorses both in the wild and in captivity through partnership with others
  • We monitor the curio trade to help stop this horrendous trade (we recently stopped a shop selling 10,000 dead seahorses here in England and we hope they will be prosecuted!!)
  • We have volunteers watching online shopping sites to stop the trade in dead seahorses, already they have stopped the sale of many hundreds of seahorses
  • We work in partnership with so many organisations around the world to preserve and conserve the natural environment, from the UK to Spain, Malta to Cambodia and Australia to the Philippines
  • We help school children understand the world around us; the new conservationists of the future who will be our next ambassadors
  • We assist graduates in their projects, they go on and make a big difference to the world
  • We work with and advise governments around the world on how to protect their seahorses
  • We set up seahorses surveys around the world with partners to gain more knowledge on this amazing species
  • We share ideas and knowledge with our partners for the good of seahorses and the environment
  • We advise on captive breeding projects to help preserve the seahorses for future generations by securing populations in captivity and learning how to breed them for eventual release if the populations decline
  • We talk with the general public on how they can make difference and people power does change things, you have proven that with Studland

Well as you can see the list is endless and this is just small snapshot of what we do and we can do more, so much more with your help.

So please use the power of the pound to make a big difference to the natural world, especially seahorses and the marine environment.

What is the value of a pound, a third of a cup of coffee, a bar of chocolate, a packet of crisps or a tool to change the world !!

Please set up a yearly (or monthly) standing order for one pound (or more) to The Seahorse Trust Bank details on the website; make your pound make a big difference to the future of the natural world.

Send this appeal to everyone you know and ask them to do the same, please make this fund raising appeal go viral; a pound will make a big difference it will literally change the world