Welcome to 2017 and may we wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year! With the start of another year, we wanted to take this opportunity to review our favourite happenings at Wildwood Kent and Wildwood Devon in 2016, and also look forward to what is shaping up to be a fantastic 2017. We'll be focussing on the animals of course, but also letting you know some of our staff's personal highlights as well as a taster of what's happening as the year goes on.
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.
Kent- based Conservation Charity and Wildlife Park the Wildwood Trust, based in Herne, is celebrating some big wins after receiving Nationally recognised Zoo awards.
The Trust, which was the only recipient in the South East outside London, was presented with three Bronze awards by BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) at their recent national conference held at Marwell Zoo.
It's a very rare thing to have everybody agreeing on anything, but for what we believe may be the first time in history, every single weather agency is in agreement that a heatwave is due to blast Kent over the coming week. So how, you may ask, do wildlife parks make sure that their animals do not overheat in the sweltering temperatures? We can't speak for all parks, but our very own Peter Smith will be talking live to Radio Kent at 7.30am this coming Monday 15th August about the lengths that the team at Wildwood go to in order to make sure that our animals are kept cool.
Wildwood Trust, which operates a visitor centre at Escot, near Ottery St Mary, are inviting people to come and see the lynx as they champion rewilding in Devon. The charity is making the bold claim that rewilding can create an ecological and tourism resurgence in the county, bringing jobs and wildlife in equal abundance.
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.