Remember Ecology in your Will

Legacies have played a major role in supporting the advancement of ecological science. Over the years we have benefited from the generosity of people who have demonstrated their passion for ecology by remembering BES in their Will. Their legacy lives on in the work that their gifts have made possible. We hope you will join them.

Making or Changing Your Will

The only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out is to make a Will.  If you do not make a Will, any property, shares or money you own will be governed by the statutory intestacy rules and not by your wishes. If you need a lawyer you can take advantage of the Law Society of England and Wales’ free Find a Solicitor Guide at   A similar service is offered for people living in Scotland by the Law Society of Scotland at  If you live in in Northern Ireland  you can use a similar service offered by the Law Society of Northern Ireland at

If you want to to ammend an existing Will  please refer the the simple codicil  with supporting notes which you can download in the  ‘Useful Documentation’ section at the end of this page and pass on to your solictor.

If you have included BES  in your Will, please let us know by completing  our pledge form which you can access by going to the  ‘Useful Documentation’ section at the end of this page and email it to BES Development and Fundaising Manager Paul Bower at  It is intended solely as a way of providing us with an indication of your plans. We understand that circumstances change, and there may be a time where you need to take BES out of your Will.

How Will Spend Your Money

You can make an unrestricted gift which would mean that our board of trustees who are  composed of leading ecological scientists would decide where your gift is most effectively spent.  All gifts will be used  to help us achieve our mission to, ‘generate, communicate and promote ecological knowledge and solutions.’ Alternatively, you can designate your gift to support a specific area of our work. Below  are two examples.

Ecology –  The Next Generation.  Supporting initiatives designed to attract the best talent into ecology. The aim is to increase the diversity of people studying and working in ecology. Money gifted to this strand wopuld support inititatives suck as the A-level Summer School.  This takes talented young scientists from some of the most deprived areas of the United Kingdom on a five day intensive residential course and provides acadmic and personal mentoring.

Ecology in Africa. Supporting our research, capacity building and training work with local partners in Africa including the successful but over subscribed Ecologists in Africa grants programme.

Small contribution – big impact

Every gift in every Will, however large or small will make a difference. Demand for all our programmes always exceeds supply. For example, only 6% of applicants to our Ecologists in Africa grants programme receive funding, even though 20% of them score above 80% in their assessment. BES travel grants designed to help early career ecologists attend meetings and symposia are often exhausted a few days after we open for applications. We understand  that your family and loved ones come first.  With that in mind,  you might consider leaving  1%  of of your estate to support ecology in the future. This gift would only be released after your family and loved ones had received their  99% share.  This is normally called a Residuary Will.  Alternatively you might leave a fixed ammount,  normally called a Percuniary Will.

We do not employ the services of external fundraising agencies. All Wills and legacies activity is delivered by the BES Membership Team.  No part of any gift you make to the BES will be paid in commission to a fundraiser.

How legacies have helped support ecologists

The Jackson Legacy helped build accommodation in the Serengeti National Park for African ecologists undertaking long term field work. The Parkyn Legacy paid the travel expenses of 42 early career  ecologists from the developing world enabling them to attend the Intecol conference in London present their research and further their careers. For some it was a life changing experience.

I could not have attended INTECOL without the help of the Parkyn travel bursary which enabled me to present my first paper at an international meeting as an early PhD student. It helped me make new connections, access other funding and network with some brilliant people. The bursary made a tremendous impact on my research and had a transformative impact on my scientific career. Thank you to BES and of course thank you to Dr Parkyn .’  Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

By remembering ecology in your Will you are helping to give the next generation of ecologists the support that they deserve.

Our legacy promise

Making a Will is one of the most important events of anyone’s life. We understand that if you decide to remember BES in your Will that your privacy must be respected at all times in a process that you control.  No one from BES will ever call you unless you request it or ask about your private affairs.

This is our promise to you.

We hope that you will consider remembering ecology in your Will.

Thank you.