Wildwood Trust is celebrating the birth of more dormice this week after a successful reintroduction earlier this month to a secret site in Warwickshire. Recent reports show the dormouse to be one of Britain’s rarest mammals and could be threatened with extinction as numbers have plummeted by 70% in the last 20 years.
Conservationists are celebrating as the first ever baby chough chick is born at the Wildwood Trust conservation centre. Expert conservationists at the Canterbury based charity say this is the first ever chough to be born in Kent in at least 150 years. Lost to Kent for centuries, the magnificent chough, which adorns the Canterbury City's coat of arms and civic regalia, can once again be seen back in the county synonymous with this wonderful bird.
The more intrepid members of our Wildwood team recently spent a long and exhausting day at Stodmarsh moving four of our female Konik horses into a new winter friendly compartment of the nature reserve.
With the imminent release of the State of Nature report for 2016, TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough is expected to warn of a ‘crisis’ for British wildlife with more than 120 species at risk of extinction. The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which Wildwood is proud to be associated with, reveals the top ten native species being supported by its members. Wildwood is at the forefront of conservation efforts within the U.K. and is particularly known for its work with some of the key species in BIAZA's top ten - namely the water vole and dormouse.
I am writing to you today so you can be part of our urgent appeal to save a stunning piece of ancient woodland and to help protect the rare and threatened wildlife it harbours for future generations. But the clock is ticking and without your donation today, this natural woodland treasure could be lost to us forever.