Monday, 29 August 2016

Wildwood visitor survey

 

Hi,

We're constantly looking at ways to improve the park for our animals and visitors. If you can spare a few minutes to fill out our quick online survey, then it will help us immensely... you will also have a chance of winning a V.I.P. Bear Experience in the Spring of 2017 with our very own bear brothers!

Please click https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wildwoodtrust to open up the questions. Thank you for your time!

 

Regards,

Wildwood

 

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CONTACT

Wildwood Trust: +44(0)1227 712 111

dan.farrow@wildwoodtrust.org

veronica@wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No 1093702

 

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EDITORS NOTES

  • Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. It recently opened a second site at Escot Park in Devon.
  • Wildwood is Kent’s best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife. The Wildwood Trust has taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes, some of which include habitat preservation; conservation grazing on Kent’s nature reserves using wild ponies; bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and the reintroduction of the hazel dormouse and red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.


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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Wildwood Conservation

 

Wildwood at the forefront of conservation

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.

Native species conservation efforts are often collaborative with BIAZA members setting up projects with other BIAZA zoos and aquariums as well as wildlife charities and NGOs. Modern zoological establishments like Wildwood provide husbandry expertise, support breeding programmes and help raise funds to ensure Britain’s wildlife has the best chance of survival in the face of increased pressures from climate change, agriculture and persecution.

 

1. Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Over the last 100 years the hazel dormouse has become extinct in almost half the UK counties where it used to thrive. Loss of woodland and hedgerows are the main cause of the decline, and this endangered animal is now protected by law.

In 1993 Natural England initiated a Species Recovery Programme, and today dormouse reintroduction work is coordinated by the Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species. BIAZA zoos play a key role by breeding animals for reintroduction, including ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, the Wildwood Trust, and Paignton Zoo. The British Wildlife Centre has also provided animals for release in recent years and Berkshire College of Agriculture have just acquired their first breeding pair. Furthermore, ecological research in North Wales coordinated by Chester Zoo has helped understand what makes particular woodland good for dormice and provided data for the National Dormouse Monitoring Scheme. The Cheshire-based zoo provides training for volunteers and consultants wanting to obtain a licence to survey for dormice.

2. Red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

Today, much of Jersey’s coastal habitat, formerly an important resource for farming and grazing animals, is dominated by extensive swathes of bracken. With these changes the Island has seen the loss and decline of many birds such as the skylark, yellowhammer and stonechat.

Birds On The Edge is a partnership between the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, States of Jersey Department of Environment and the National Trust for Jersey. The partnership has, through the active management of Jersey’s coastland, endeavoured to restore populations of birds and bring back the red-billed chough to the Island after an absence of 100 years.  Supported by Paradise Park in Cornwall, Durrell began to release captive-bred choughs in 2013. By 2015 the birds had successfully nested in the wild and bred again in 2016, so far resulting in a wild population of 30 individuals (July 2016). 

3. White-clawed crayfish (Austroptamobius pallipes)

The white-clawed crayfish is the only freshwater crayfish indigenous to England. Classified as Endangered by the IUCN, its decline is mainly due to the introduction of non-indigenous crayfish and associated crayfish plague. 

To safeguard this species, the South West Crayfish Partnership, which includes Bristol Zoo, Paignton Zoo, the Environment Agency, Buglife, and regional Wildlife Trusts, has developed a strategic landscape scale project. The project aims to establish safe refuges (ark sites) to maintain threatened populations and provide a captive breeding programme to produce white-clawed crayfish for wild release and brood stock for BIAZA zoos and aquariums. The Partnership has a communication and outreach programme to target key audiences and is developing techniques to control invasive crayfish species.

4. Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber)

Whilst the Eurasian beaver is currently classed as Least Concern on the IUCN Redlist, it became extinct in the UK around 400 years ago, primarily due to over-hunting.

The first official project of its kind in Britain, the Scottish Beaver Trial (SBT) was a ground-breaking five-year study to explore how beavers could enhance and restore natural environments. A partnership project between the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the Forestry Commission Scotland, saw the first beavers released in Argyll in May 2009. The scientific findings of the study were submitted in May 2015 and the Scottish Government is now considering the future of beavers in Scotland with a decision due to be announced in 2016.

5. Agile frog (Rana dalmatina

Jersey is the only place in the British Isles where this frog species can be found. Its population has been declining in both range and numbers since the early 1900s and by the late 1980s there was a single fragile population in the south-west of the Island.

To prevent extinction, the Agile Frog Group, a collaboration of local environmental and conservation organisations including Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, launched a comprehensive Action Plan detailing threats and actions needed to save the frog. Since 2000, Durrell has been actively involved, conducting research, carrying out habitat restoration and captive rearing collected spawn to tadpole and froglet stage (head-starting) in order to increase its survival chances.  Today, nearly 50,000 froglets have been released since the project began in 1987.

6. Cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus)

The cirl bunting is a small farmland bird with approximately 800 pairs living in South Devon. Despite a relatively good population size for its home range, expansion is prohibited by farming practices and urban development.

Working alongside the RSPB, Paignton Zoo has been involved in a reintroduction programme to help establish populations of this finch-like bird to other areas. Between 2006 and 2009, chicks from a donor population in Devon were harvested and released into Cornwall, with a total of 330 young birds being reintroduced during this time. Both the donor population and the new population have been carefully monitored and there are now 52 breeding pairs in Cornwall. Believed to be the only successful passerine reintroduction in Europe, it is hoped that the knowledge and skills gained from programme can be applied to similar projects.

7. Water vole (Arvicola amphibious)

The water vole used to be a regular sight along British waterways but in recent years the species has undergone a catastrophic decline earning the label ‘Britain’s fastest declining mammal.’  The main reasons for the rapid decline are thought to be habitat loss and predation by the American mink (Neovison vison).

BIAZA members have been helping to conserve the water vole in many ways.  The Wildwood Trust conducts both field studies, such as surveys for Natural England, whilst also housing one of the largest captive breeding populations in the UK. Working in partnership with local Wildlife Trusts, private landowners and developers, the Herne Bay-based park provides mitigation as well as re-introductions.  The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) have also successfully reintroduced water vole at several of their wetland reserves, including Llanelli, Slimbridge and Martin Mere.

8. Common crane (Grus grus)

The Common crane is an iconic wetland bird. Once widespread in Britain, habitat loss and hunting led to its extinction as a breeding bird by around 1600.

The Great Crane Project, a partnership between the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT), the RSPB and Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, aimed to re-establish a sustainable population of common cranes in Britain. Between 2010 and 2014, the project released 94 birds on the Somerset Levels and Moors, of which around 75 are still going strong.  The released population is already successfully breeding with four fledglings recorded in 2015.  BIAZA members WWT Slimbridge reared juvenile cranes from eggs collected from wild cranes in Germany, with extensive research identifying Somerset as the best reintroduction location. 

9. Strapwort (Corrigiola litoralis)

Strapwort is a Critically Endangered plant in the UK as it is restricted to just one site, Slapton Ley in South West England, where it grows in shingle at the water’s edge.

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) at Paignton Zoo has been instrumental in the recovery of the last UK population which is managed in partnership with the Field Studies Council. Research into habitat and germination requirements of Strapwort by WWCT was followed by translocations of plants grown at Paignton Zoo using seeds from the millennium seed bank, Kew Gardens and the wild population at Slapton Ley. The plants have succeeded in bolstering the native population and increased its size to a sustainable level.  The success of the project has resulted in a Natural England funded re-introduction of strapwort at a second site in Loe Pool, Cornwall, which is owned and managed by The National Trust.

10. Fen raft spider (Dolmedes plantarius)

The impressive fen raft spider is one of the UK’s rarest animals; found at only three sites, it is best-known from Redgrave and Lopham Fen in East Anglia. To help increase the number of UK populations, translocations were planned as part of Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme. To obtain sufficient stock without damaging the wild populations, a viable strategy of fostering spiderlings for release was devised by Dr Helen Smith, Natural England’s project coordinator, to circumvent high natural mortality.

Rearing in UK zoos started in 2011, and by 2013 ten BIAZA collections had been involved in the project - Beale Park, Bristol Zoo, Chessington Zoo, Chester Zoo, The Deep, Dudley Zoo, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Tilgate Nature Centre, Reaseheath College, and ZSL London Zoo. Spiders were raised individually in test tubes before release into suitable sites in autumn. In all approximately 6,000 spiders were released over a three year period. Monitoring shows that populations have established well and their range is extending.

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WILDWOOD

Wildwood Trust: +44(0)1227 712 111

dan.farrow@wildwoodtrust.org

veronica@wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No 1093702

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EDITORS NOTES

  • Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. It recently opened a second site at Escot Park in Devon.
  • Wildwood is Kent’s best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife. The Wildwood Trust has taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes, some of which include habitat preservation; conservation grazing on Kent’s nature reserves using wild ponies; bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and the reintroduction of the hazel dormouse and red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.

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BIAZA 

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is a conservation, education and wildlife charity (charity no. 248553). Founded in 1966, it represents over 100 member organisations including all the significant zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland. Its vision is ‘to be a powerful force in the care and conservation of the natural world’ and its mission is to support and lead its members:

- to inspire people to help conserve the natural world

- to participate in effective co-operative conservation programmes

- to deliver the highest quality environmental education, training and research

- to achieve the highest standards of animal care and welfare in zoos, aquariums and in the wild

www.biaza.org.uk  

BIAZA media contact: 

Zoe Williamson, Communications and Membership Manager

Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY

Tel: 07710 579261

Email: communications@biaza.org.uk

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Wildwood Conservation

 

Wildwood at the forefront of conservation

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.

Native species conservation efforts are often collaborative with BIAZA members setting up projects with other BIAZA zoos and aquariums as well as wildlife charities and NGOs. Modern zoological establishments like Wildwood provide husbandry expertise, support breeding programmes and help raise funds to ensure Britain’s wildlife has the best chance of survival in the face of increased pressures from climate change, agriculture and persecution.

 

1. Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Over the last 100 years the hazel dormouse has become extinct in almost half the UK counties where it used to thrive. Loss of woodland and hedgerows are the main cause of the decline, and this endangered animal is now protected by law.

In 1993 Natural England initiated a Species Recovery Programme, and today dormouse reintroduction work is coordinated by the Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species. BIAZA zoos play a key role by breeding animals for reintroduction, including ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, the Wildwood Trust, and Paignton Zoo. The British Wildlife Centre has also provided animals for release in recent years and Berkshire College of Agriculture have just acquired their first breeding pair. Furthermore, ecological research in North Wales coordinated by Chester Zoo has helped understand what makes particular woodland good for dormice and provided data for the National Dormouse Monitoring Scheme. The Cheshire-based zoo provides training for volunteers and consultants wanting to obtain a licence to survey for dormice.

2. Red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

Today, much of Jersey’s coastal habitat, formerly an important resource for farming and grazing animals, is dominated by extensive swathes of bracken. With these changes the Island has seen the loss and decline of many birds such as the skylark, yellowhammer and stonechat.

Birds On The Edge is a partnership between the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, States of Jersey Department of Environment and the National Trust for Jersey. The partnership has, through the active management of Jersey’s coastland, endeavoured to restore populations of birds and bring back the red-billed chough to the Island after an absence of 100 years.  Supported by Paradise Park in Cornwall, Durrell began to release captive-bred choughs in 2013. By 2015 the birds had successfully nested in the wild and bred again in 2016, so far resulting in a wild population of 30 individuals (July 2016). 

3. White-clawed crayfish (Austroptamobius pallipes)

The white-clawed crayfish is the only freshwater crayfish indigenous to England. Classified as Endangered by the IUCN, its decline is mainly due to the introduction of non-indigenous crayfish and associated crayfish plague. 

To safeguard this species, the South West Crayfish Partnership, which includes Bristol Zoo, Paignton Zoo, the Environment Agency, Buglife, and regional Wildlife Trusts, has developed a strategic landscape scale project. The project aims to establish safe refuges (ark sites) to maintain threatened populations and provide a captive breeding programme to produce white-clawed crayfish for wild release and brood stock for BIAZA zoos and aquariums. The Partnership has a communication and outreach programme to target key audiences and is developing techniques to control invasive crayfish species.

4. Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber)

Whilst the Eurasian beaver is currently classed as Least Concern on the IUCN Redlist, it became extinct in the UK around 400 years ago, primarily due to over-hunting.

The first official project of its kind in Britain, the Scottish Beaver Trial (SBT) was a ground-breaking five-year study to explore how beavers could enhance and restore natural environments. A partnership project between the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the Forestry Commission Scotland, saw the first beavers released in Argyll in May 2009. The scientific findings of the study were submitted in May 2015 and the Scottish Government is now considering the future of beavers in Scotland with a decision due to be announced in 2016.

5. Agile frog (Rana dalmatina

Jersey is the only place in the British Isles where this frog species can be found. Its population has been declining in both range and numbers since the early 1900s and by the late 1980s there was a single fragile population in the south-west of the Island.

To prevent extinction, the Agile Frog Group, a collaboration of local environmental and conservation organisations including Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, launched a comprehensive Action Plan detailing threats and actions needed to save the frog. Since 2000, Durrell has been actively involved, conducting research, carrying out habitat restoration and captive rearing collected spawn to tadpole and froglet stage (head-starting) in order to increase its survival chances.  Today, nearly 50,000 froglets have been released since the project began in 1987.

6. Cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus)

The cirl bunting is a small farmland bird with approximately 800 pairs living in South Devon. Despite a relatively good population size for its home range, expansion is prohibited by farming practices and urban development.

Working alongside the RSPB, Paignton Zoo has been involved in a reintroduction programme to help establish populations of this finch-like bird to other areas. Between 2006 and 2009, chicks from a donor population in Devon were harvested and released into Cornwall, with a total of 330 young birds being reintroduced during this time. Both the donor population and the new population have been carefully monitored and there are now 52 breeding pairs in Cornwall. Believed to be the only successful passerine reintroduction in Europe, it is hoped that the knowledge and skills gained from programme can be applied to similar projects.

7. Water vole (Arvicola amphibious)

The water vole used to be a regular sight along British waterways but in recent years the species has undergone a catastrophic decline earning the label ‘Britain’s fastest declining mammal.’  The main reasons for the rapid decline are thought to be habitat loss and predation by the American mink (Neovison vison).

BIAZA members have been helping to conserve the water vole in many ways.  The Wildwood Trust conducts both field studies, such as surveys for Natural England, whilst also housing one of the largest captive breeding populations in the UK. Working in partnership with local Wildlife Trusts, private landowners and developers, the Herne Bay-based park provides mitigation as well as re-introductions.  The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) have also successfully reintroduced water vole at several of their wetland reserves, including Llanelli, Slimbridge and Martin Mere.

8. Common crane (Grus grus)

The Common crane is an iconic wetland bird. Once widespread in Britain, habitat loss and hunting led to its extinction as a breeding bird by around 1600.

The Great Crane Project, a partnership between the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT), the RSPB and Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, aimed to re-establish a sustainable population of common cranes in Britain. Between 2010 and 2014, the project released 94 birds on the Somerset Levels and Moors, of which around 75 are still going strong.  The released population is already successfully breeding with four fledglings recorded in 2015.  BIAZA members WWT Slimbridge reared juvenile cranes from eggs collected from wild cranes in Germany, with extensive research identifying Somerset as the best reintroduction location. 

9. Strapwort (Corrigiola litoralis)

Strapwort is a Critically Endangered plant in the UK as it is restricted to just one site, Slapton Ley in South West England, where it grows in shingle at the water’s edge.

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) at Paignton Zoo has been instrumental in the recovery of the last UK population which is managed in partnership with the Field Studies Council. Research into habitat and germination requirements of Strapwort by WWCT was followed by translocations of plants grown at Paignton Zoo using seeds from the millennium seed bank, Kew Gardens and the wild population at Slapton Ley. The plants have succeeded in bolstering the native population and increased its size to a sustainable level.  The success of the project has resulted in a Natural England funded re-introduction of strapwort at a second site in Loe Pool, Cornwall, which is owned and managed by The National Trust.

10. Fen raft spider (Dolmedes plantarius)

The impressive fen raft spider is one of the UK’s rarest animals; found at only three sites, it is best-known from Redgrave and Lopham Fen in East Anglia. To help increase the number of UK populations, translocations were planned as part of Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme. To obtain sufficient stock without damaging the wild populations, a viable strategy of fostering spiderlings for release was devised by Dr Helen Smith, Natural England’s project coordinator, to circumvent high natural mortality.

Rearing in UK zoos started in 2011, and by 2013 ten BIAZA collections had been involved in the project - Beale Park, Bristol Zoo, Chessington Zoo, Chester Zoo, The Deep, Dudley Zoo, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Tilgate Nature Centre, Reaseheath College, and ZSL London Zoo. Spiders were raised individually in test tubes before release into suitable sites in autumn. In all approximately 6,000 spiders were released over a three year period. Monitoring shows that populations have established well and their range is extending.

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WILDWOOD

Wildwood Trust: +44(0)1227 712 111

dan.farrow@wildwoodtrust.org

veronica@wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No 1093702

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EDITORS NOTES

  • Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. It recently opened a second site at Escot Park in Devon.
  • Wildwood is Kent’s best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife. The Wildwood Trust has taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes, some of which include habitat preservation; conservation grazing on Kent’s nature reserves using wild ponies; bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and the reintroduction of the hazel dormouse and red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.

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BIAZA 

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is a conservation, education and wildlife charity (charity no. 248553). Founded in 1966, it represents over 100 member organisations including all the significant zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland. Its vision is ‘to be a powerful force in the care and conservation of the natural world’ and its mission is to support and lead its members:

- to inspire people to help conserve the natural world

- to participate in effective co-operative conservation programmes

- to deliver the highest quality environmental education, training and research

- to achieve the highest standards of animal care and welfare in zoos, aquariums and in the wild

www.biaza.org.uk  

BIAZA media contact: 

Zoe Williamson, Communications and Membership Manager

Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY

Tel: 07710 579261

Email: communications@biaza.org.uk

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Wildwood receives BIAZA awards

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Awards galore for Kent’s unique Wildlife Park

 

    

 

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 association of Zoos and Aquaria) at their recent national conference

held at Marwell Zoo.

 

                                        Jen Riley and Vicki Breakell posing by our awards

Wildwood was successful in three categories: Animal Breeding, Care and Welfare for the rescue and

rehabilitation of brown bears from a canned hunt centre in Bulgaria; Conservation: for work into the

diet of pine martens and Education for its specialist workshops featuring Evolution and Inheritance.

The Awards are open to all 106 BIAZA members and this year the level of submissions was extremely

high compared to previous years.

 

 

Veronica Chrisp, Wildwood’s Director of Marketing and Fundraising said: “We are all delighted and

proud to have been recognised in this way – especially as we are the only recipients in Kent. These

are key projects for us and highlight the Trust’s unique position as a conservation charity and visitor

attraction."

 

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CONTACT

Wildwood Trust: +44(0)1227 712 111

dan.farrow@wildwoodtrust.org

veronica@wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No 1093702

 

FOLLOW US

Find us on Facebook

 

EDITORS NOTES

  • Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. It recently opened a second site at Escot Park in Devon.
  • Wildwood is Kent’s best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife. The Wildwood Trust has taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes, some of which include habitat preservation; conservation grazing on Kent’s nature reserves using wild ponies; bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and the reintroduction of the hazel dormouse and red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.

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Wildwood receives BIAZA awards

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Awards galore for Kent’s unique Wildlife Park

 

    

 

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 association of Zoos and Aquaria) at their recent national conference

held at Marwell Zoo.

 

                                        Jen Riley and Vicki Breakell posing by our awards

Wildwood was successful in three categories: Animal Breeding, Care and Welfare for the rescue and

rehabilitation of brown bears from a canned hunt centre in Bulgaria; Conservation: for work into the

diet of pine martens and Education for its specialist workshops featuring Evolution and Inheritance.

The Awards are open to all 106 BIAZA members and this year the level of submissions was extremely

high compared to previous years.

 

 

Veronica Chrisp, Wildwood’s Director of Marketing and Fundraising said: “We are all delighted and

proud to have been recognised in this way – especially as we are the only recipients in Kent. These

are key projects for us and highlight the Trust’s unique position as a conservation charity and visitor

attraction."

 

- ENDS -

 

CONTACT

Wildwood Trust: +44(0)1227 712 111

dan.farrow@wildwoodtrust.org

veronica@wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No 1093702

 

FOLLOW US

Find us on Facebook

 

EDITORS NOTES

  • Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. It recently opened a second site at Escot Park in Devon.
  • Wildwood is Kent’s best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife. The Wildwood Trust has taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes, some of which include habitat preservation; conservation grazing on Kent’s nature reserves using wild ponies; bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and the reintroduction of the hazel dormouse and red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Heatwave

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A heatwave is coming

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.

Peter will be talking about the natural advantage our animals have with being based in an ancient woodland. Trees help keep the air and soil moist by releasing water through their stomata in a process called transpiration. Every tree 'transpires' as much water as a tap on full. This process can significantly cool down the surrounding air by 3°F to 6°F (2°C to 4°C) just by the transpirational effect.

Peter will also be talking about our animals with the most need for cooling down - the Arctic Fox. They come from very cold climates (the arctic tundra) and in the wild they can live in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees C. As well as being more natural for them, a cold environment reduces the likelihood of various health risks (myiasis parasite/ fly strike etc.) associated with over-heating and, if not kept cool, they will not express natural behaviours and will not thrive.

At Wildwood, we have built a bespoke freezer unit which is powerful enough to provide the temperature needed for the Arctic Fox no matter how how the mercury goes outside. Also with the shade and transpiration effect of the trees, less energy is used. We love trees!

Don't forget to tune in to Radio Kent this Monday at 7.30am to hear Peter explain in more detail and keep an eye out on our Youtube channel where we will be posting the recording.

  

CONTACT

More images can be provided on request. Professional crews are very welcome to visit the park, please get in touch.

Wildwood Trust: +44(0)1227 712 111

Peter Smith: peter@wildwoodtrust.org

Dan Farrow: dan.farrow@wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No. 1093702

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ABOUT WILDWOOD

Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. Wildwood is Kent's best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain's most threatened wildlife. Wildwood Trust have taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes to date, which include, saving the water vole, using wild horses to help restore Kent's most precious nature reserves, bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and returning the hazel dormouse & red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.  

 

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Heatwave

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A heatwave is coming

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.

Peter will be talking about the natural advantage our animals have with being based in an ancient woodland. Trees help keep the air and soil moist by releasing water through their stomata in a process called transpiration. Every tree 'transpires' as much water as a tap on full. This process can significantly cool down the surrounding air by 3°F to 6°F (2°C to 4°C) just by the transpirational effect.

Peter will also be talking about our animals with the most need for cooling down - the Arctic Fox. They come from very cold climates (the arctic tundra) and in the wild they can live in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees C. As well as being more natural for them, a cold environment reduces the likelihood of various health risks (myiasis parasite/ fly strike etc.) associated with over-heating and, if not kept cool, they will not express natural behaviours and will not thrive.

At Wildwood, we have built a bespoke freezer unit which is powerful enough to provide the temperature needed for the Arctic Fox no matter how how the mercury goes outside. Also with the shade and transpiration effect of the trees, less energy is used. We love trees!

Don't forget to tune in to Radio Kent this Monday at 7.30am to hear Peter explain in more detail and keep an eye out on our Youtube channel where we will be posting the recording.

  

CONTACT

More images can be provided on request. Professional crews are very welcome to visit the park, please get in touch.

Wildwood Trust: +44(0)1227 712 111

Peter Smith: peter@wildwoodtrust.org

Dan Farrow: dan.farrow@wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No. 1093702

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ABOUT WILDWOOD

Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. Wildwood is Kent's best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain's most threatened wildlife. Wildwood Trust have taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes to date, which include, saving the water vole, using wild horses to help restore Kent's most precious nature reserves, bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and returning the hazel dormouse & red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.  

 

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Learn Outdoors at Wildwood July 2016

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Learn outdoors at Wildwood

Wildwood – the natural classroom

England’s largest outdoor learning initiative, the Natural Connections Demonstration Project, has just published evidence extolling the benefits of learning outdoors.

The 4-year project has already helped more than 40,000 primary and secondary school pupils from 125 schools to receive education in natural surroundings, and the findings reveal that children are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn when outside of the classroom.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart stated that ‘we learn to love nature as children, and our commitment to nature later in life – respecting it, protecting it, restoring it, or simply enjoying it – is built on that childhood foundation. That’s why it’s so important we give all children the chance to experience the natural world.’

With over 200 native British animals set in 40 acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood is a place where children can do exactly that. With our wealth of knowledge on our native wildlife, as well as our wide variety of education/conservation programmes, there is plenty here to engage curious minds and allow children to explore the senses.

Every day over the summer, Wildwood hosts a variety of engaging activities and talks for all ages and all visitors and our experienced keepers and education team are always on hand to impart their expert knowledge about our wildlife and natural surroundings.

For curriculum-linked programmes, our qualified tutors and fantastic educational resources make learning come alive. The education team at Wildwood are proud to be LOTC (learning outside the classroom) accredited and provide learning for Pre-SchoolPrimary, Secondary and A Level to Postgraduate levels.

Teachers and group organisers are always welcome to visit the park in advance for a pre-visit inspection for FREE, either independently or to meet the education team and discuss plans for their day.

Please e-mail education@wildwoodtrust.org to arrange your free trip or find out more about what we can offer you.

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Dan Farrow

Marketing Manager

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Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity No. 1093702

 

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Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. Wildwood is Kent's best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain's most threatened wildlife. Wildwood Trust have taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes to date, which include, saving the water vole, using wild horses to help restore Kent's most precious nature reserves, bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and returning the hazel dormouse & red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.

 

 

 

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