Claim Your Free Online Will

We all know that it’s important to write a will, but sometimes it’s hard to get round to it. 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.

Support the next generation of ecologists

We have partnered with leading online will provider Farewill, who are trusted by leading charities including; Save the Children, Stonewall and Greenpeace, to bring FREE and discounted online wills to our supporters. You can make your will online in 15 minutes from your laptop or phone, with live expert help and the option to update it at any time. You do not have to include us in your will to take advantage of this offer, but we would love it if you did

We will invest any gift  you make in our ‘Ecology – the Next Generation’ initiative which supports our programmes designed to give ecologists from disadvantaged communities in the UK and the Developing World the support that they need.  The aim is to increase the diversity of people studying and working in ecology. Any gift you make will support initiatives such as  our 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 them with academic and personal mentoring.

To claim your free or discounted price will visit the BES Farewill page and use the code ‘BES100’ at the Farewill checkout to claim your FREE will.

Free advice and assistance

Farewill provide a range of support service free of charge to help you you make your will on-line

  • for general help or assistance, please use the Farewill online chat
  • or you can phone them on 020 8050 2686. Monday – Sunday to 7:00 p.m.
  • For specific legal questions please email them at

Please note that making a will online through Farewill is not suitable if you own assets outside of the UK or if you have one or more disabled dependents. At present the service is only offered to people resident in England and Wales. Farewill expect to roll out their service to take into account the different legal systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland, in early 2020. 

If you wish to have a confidential dicussion about leaving a gift in your will to BES  or making a donation to  support our work please contact; BES Development Manager Paul Bower, British Ecological Society, Wharf Studios, 42 Wharf Road, London, N1 7GS .  Call or email on +(0)20  3994 8246 or   

How gifts in wills  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 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. We hope that you will consider remembering ecology in your will.

Thank you.


Paul Bower – BES Fundraising and Development Manager