Friday, 2 August 2013

Wildwood summer e-news

Wildwood e-news Summer 2013

1) Summer fun at Wildwood
2) Farmer's Market at Wildwood
3) Conservation Courses
4) Toddler club update
5) Win a family ticket to Wildwood
6) Give As You Live - help raise money for Wildwood

7) Supporter of the month - Appliances Online
8) Thanks to our amazing supporters!


1) Summer fun at Wildwood
Summer Fun at Wildwood

There is so much to do at Wildwood this summer holiday - including FREE owl flight displays, daily talks and feeds and fun family workshops.

Every day during holidays - FREE animal talks and feeds
Join our experts around the park for free animal talks and feeds every day during the school holidays. Check the What's On board on arrival or collect a schedule from the shop for the day's talks.
Free event* drop in any time.

Every day during holidays - FREE animal encounters around the park
Our wonderful team of animal experts will be out and about around the park with some of our tamer animals for you to meet up close. Keep your eyes open  - you never know who you might meet!   
Free event* Watch out for our team around the park.

Tuesdays & Thursdays during holidays - FREE owl flight displays
Don't miss our spectacular owl flight display this summer holiday. Pete Hurst, of Falconry South East will be at the park on Tuesdays and Thursdays flying his amazing owls. If you thought owls were already beautiful, just wait till you see them in full flight!
Free event* 2pm Tuesdays & Thursdays up until Thursday 29th August.

Tuesdays during holidays - FREE Nature Detectives workshop
Test your knowledge of animal tracks and signs with our fun family activity - guess who produced these tracks, this fur and this poo!
11.30am & 3pm every Tuesday during the school holidays. Free event* drop in any time.

Wednesdays during holidays - FREE Animal Enrichment workshop
Discover how we make life interesting for our animals and how we develop activities to keep them entertained. At 2.30pm see enrichment in action when our lynx perform their amazing jump to grab a tasty bite to eat! 
11.30am & 2pm every Wednesday during the school holidays. Free event* drop in any time.

Thursdays during holidays - FREE workshop - How do you feed a zoo?
Join our experts for a cookery demonstration with a difference! We will be showing you what we feed our animals, how it's prepared and which are our animals' favourite foods. 
11.30am & 3pm every Friday during the school holidays. Free event* drop in any time.

We will also have lots of extra activities going on at various times around the park including, BBQ's, Face Painting, Bat Flight Displays and our new Barn Owl (Barney) will be learning to fly!

*Please note that Wildwood membership or entry fees must be paid for entry to Wildwood.


2) Farmer's Market - 13th & 14th August

Summer Fun at Wildwood

Join us as we celebrate some of the best of Kent's local food producers with Produced In Kent for a 2-day open air farmer's market. There will be a delicious range of foodie treats on offer including local game, artisan cakes and pastries and locally produced fruit juices.

Tuesday 13th August & Wednesday 14th August
10am - 5pm both days

Godmersham Game - Local fresh game and a BBQ serving up treats including venison burgers, venison sausages and wild boar sausages.

Core Fruit Products – Producers of farm-pressed, pure Kentish fruit juices. Products include: Kentish Cider, fruit juices and soft fruits.

Challock Chutney Co. - Homemade preserves, pickles and chutneys, carefully made in small batches, using traditional recipes with the ingredients sourced as locally as possible from around the village of Challock, situated on the North Downs of Kent. 

Olives R Good 4 U - A delicious array of olives and olives in sauces sourced from independent small European farms & Cooperatives who mainly use organic methods. Free from any artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives.

Pearsons Bakery  - Artisan breads and cakes, all made freshly at their family run business in Herne Bay.

Temple Foods – Wonderful vegetarian food and curries from our lovely friends at Temple Foods.

Sweet Nostalgia – A delicious range of fudge made with cream, butter and lots of loving care. This small family business promises to bring you the best fudge you will ever taste!

CBs Bees - Local honey from this small artisan beekeeping operation based in East Kent.

Jack Raven Bushcraft - Jack Raven Bushcraft provides a wide range of bushcraft courses, ranging from 1 to 5 days in duration and covering essential bushcraft skills, foraging, tracking and nature awareness, axe skills, carving and more!

Free event, drop in any time. Please note that Wildwood membership or entry fees must be paid for entry to Wildwood.


3) Conservation Courses

Conservation courses at   


As experts in conservation, Wildwood offers a wide range of conservation courses and training to cater for all levels, from beginners and amateur naturalists through to professional ecologists. 

All courses are held at Wildwood (unless otherwise stated) and include entry fees to the park. To book or for more information, please contact our Conservation team on 01227 711 471 or email


Thursday 8th August - Skull Preparation Course
Learn how to clean and prepare animal skulls and bones for natural history reference collections. Skin, gut and deflesh a rabbit (or your own specimen to take home and finish).  Also includes skull anatomy and mammal dentition.
10.30am - 4pm. £35 per person. Min age 18yrs.
Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email

11th August - Skull Preparation Course
Learn how to clean and prepare animal skulls and bones for natural history reference collections. Skin, gut and deflesh a rabbit (or your own specimen to take home and finish.  Also includes skull anatomy and mammal dentition.
10.30am - 4pm. £35 per person. Min age 18yrs.
Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email

Saturday 17th August - Dormouse Ecology & Conservation
In partnership with the Mammal Society
This one day course is recognised as the definitive course on dormouse ecology and monitoring. It is ideal for those with a general interest or those working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence. Included is a field visit to check nest boxes and information on relevant legislation.
£99 for individuals / £124 for groups. 
Please book with the Mammal Society on 02380 237 874 or visit

Saturday 14th September - Introduction to Spider Ecology & Identification

Learn how to identify spiders and understand their role in the ecosystem. Time will be spent out in the field finding spiders in their natural habitats and discussing their conservation.
10am - 4pm. £30 per person.
Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email


4) Toddler club update

Toddler club at Wildwood

Our wonderful toddler club has now closed for the summer - thank you to all of our toddler club parents and tots, we look forward to seeing you after the holidays.

Toddler club will re-open on Monday 9th September, all parents with pre-school children are very welcome (no need to book, just come along).

Entry is free to toddler club (Wildwood membership or entry fees apply to enter the park).

NEW for 2013! Toddler club goes to 2 days a week!

Starting from September 9th, Toddler club will be held on Mondays and Thursdays for a trail period.



5) Take our website survey and win a family ticket to Wildwood!

Help us improve our website and you could win a family ticket to Wildwood.

Simply complete our short online survey (link below) to help us work out how to improve our website. Enter your email address to be included in the draw and at the end of the month we'll select 5 lucky winners at random to receive Free Family tickets!

Follow this link to take the survey:


6) Give as You Live - Help support Wildwood every time you shop!

Did you know you can help raise funds for Wildwood… just by shopping online?

Shop with your favourite stores and they'll donate to Wildwood -  without charging you a penny more. From John Lewis to Expedia, you can compare thousands of products and brands that will all raise money for Wildwood while you still get the best deal online.

All you need to do is join and install Give as you Live by following these easy steps:

1. Visit and click "Get started".

2. Fill in a quick few details. Your information is safe.

3. Install Give as you Live. This is 100% secure and takes seconds.

Now every time you shop online you can raise money for Wildwood- without it costing you a penny.

So join now and help Wildwood in our fight to save our native wildlife - thank you!



7) Supporter of the Month - Appliances Online

Following an advertising campaign featuring badgers, Appliances Online very kindly made a donation to Wildwood and adopted a Wildwood Badger.

"At Appliances Online we believe in making people happy. While badgers might not be people, if you can't make a badger happy, what hope do you have with people! So, in order to make some badgers happy we've decided to donate to The Wildwood Trust. They'll be making badgers happy by providing them with lots of love and care and we at AO have even adopted our very own badger. Happy badgers and happy people!" 
- The Appliances Online Team


We would like to say thank-you to Appliances Online for their support, your donation will help us in our work to save Britain's most threatened wildlife.



8) Thanks to our amazing supporters

Donated bricks

We would like to say a big thank-you to our very generous supporters who have made some much needed donations in the recent months:


CRN Contract Services: Thank you to CRN contract services who are kindly supporting Wildwood by donating a percentage of their profits each month to the Trust.


The Sue Wicks Collection - We would like to thank the friends and family of Deal archaeologist Sue Wicks who have kindly donated her lifetime collection of animal artefacts to Wildwood. The extensive collection includes animal skeletons, skulls, teeth, bones, books, furs and other artefacts and is an invaluable resource for our education team. The collection is of huge importance to Wildwood and we are already putting it to great use educating visiting schoolchildren and students. We cannot stress enough how amazing it is to have this collection at the park and we are extremely grateful to Sue's family and friends for thinking of us and we will ensure that the collection continues to inspire and inform for years to come. You can see items from the collection on display in the kiosk-style enclosure near the Beaver Lodge cafe.

Thanks for the bricks! - Thanks to Mr A Keame, who recently donated 500 bricks to the park, the bricks have been used for an exciting new project... (more news to follow)!


Drumming up support! - Thanks to our wonderful supporter who donated an oil drum after our recent Facebook appeal, the drum was then up-cycled by our ranger team into a BBQ for the park.


Can you help?

If you would like to raise money for Wildwood either as an individual, via your company or through your school or group, please contact Jess or Tess in our fundraising team on 01227 712 111.



The Wildwood Team
Tel 01227 712 111


Wildwood Trust,
Herne Common,
Herne Bay,

Registered Charity no 1093702




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