Your views are desperately needed to help Wildwood...! We have the chance of getting funding to build an amazing new residential education centre at Wildwood, but without emails and letters of support for our project we will not get funding.
The centre could transform our ability to deliver outstanding wildlife education, and deliver conservation training courses to help create the expertise that could rewild Britain.
If you, especially as a representative of a local group or local school, can send us an email of support (to email@example.com) for our project then that will help us unlock the funding!
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Our aim is to build a sustainable education centre for residential learning of natural heritage at our charity's unique Wildlife Discovery Park near Canterbury. This project will be based on our plan allowing residential teaching of school children, volunteers and community groups across Kent.
Our hugely successful day visit education centre sees over 10,000 children and students from all over Kent visiting a year but with only one classroom and limited facilities we can’t possibly fulfil the demand and ensure everyone gets the chance to experience British nature in a truly wild setting. We also offer a programme of free experiences for a large range of community groups and individuals with special needs or restricted access to wildlife who would be able to take advantage of improved facilities and help us welcome even more disadvantaged groups to Wildwood.
Our immensely popular programme of volunteer training sees hundreds of people attending courses (especially on the weekend) from all over the country. The possibility to provide multi-day courses with available residential facilities could see Wildwood become a leader in the training of nature conservation volunteers.
Not only will this allow us to train the nature conservationists of tomorrow, but will provide the opportunity for general interest courses open to all and even the chance to spend the night at Wildwood! You could experience how the British countryside used to be at night: with howling wolves, hooting owls and many more of our nocturnal animals.
There is a need to build a residential centre to deliver residential courses to a range of our existing clients and widen our appeal to groups farther afield. Wildwood is a British wildlife centre of excellence which has been hugely successful in delivering our charitable goals, being a leader in the 'rewilding movement'. We have a very large membership and client base (over 60,000) and it has been an aspiration to meet the needs of our many visitors who wish to have residential learning, better immersing people into the wildlife heritage of our country through our education programmes. Our charitable education and experiences are already self-funding and our research shows there is a sustainable income stream for residential activities but we lack the capital funds to create this unique opportunity and make a residential education centre at Wildwood a reality. With your help we can make this happen.
Send your email of support to firstname.lastname@example.org and help us create the nature conservationists of tomorrow who can save our wildlife and rewild Britain.
You can of course book onto one of our amazing education courses today – pass this link onto teachers so they can make a special day for their children: https://wildwoodtrust.org/wildwood-kent/education or email us at email@example.com or call us on 01227 209 620
Road closure: A291 Herne Street, 12th Feb - 16th Feb
Kent County Council will be closing Herne Street between the junctions with School Lane and Chapel Row from Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February. Diversions will be in place, but all visitors to Wildwood are advised to allow more time for their journey and to plan an alternate route in advance. Wildwood Kent opening hours WILL NOT be affected during the road closure.
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Welcome to the January edition of the Wildwood newsletter and the beginning of 2018. We have some good news at the park, some great plans for the future and one bit of particularly bad news this month.
If you wish to know more about any of our stories or Wildwood in general, then please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support. We'll see you again soon!
Rowan, our baby reindeer born last year, has moved to a new life at Jimmy's Farm near Ipswich. This has allowed her father Kenny to settle back in with Holly and Ivy at the reindeer enclosure. We can now welcome new babies without fear of Rowan becoming a young mother.
Also, on future visits you may think we have a new reindeer. It's not the case, it's just that Kenny has shed his antlers!
We're continuing to take precautions at the park for the prevention of avian flu following government guidelines, put in place by APHA. Water bowls, ponds and feeding stations may be covered up in our enclosures, so that migrating wild birds are unable to infect the birds.
Currently there are no reported cases of avian flu found in any UK domestic bird populations, but we will continue to take all necessary precautions.
Last month, we announced that as part of the Scottish Wildcat breeding programme, Wildwood has been given the go ahead to breed our wildcat pair by officials at The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
To aid in the breeding process, we're currently in the process of relocating RJ and Carna to a new enclosure opposite our eagle owl and next to one of the current wildcat enclosures. If all goes to plan, RJ and Carna should produce kittens from April!
A new home for our muntjac
Our two muntjac deer have joined their deer cousins in our top forest area. They've settled in to a new enclosure next to the fallow deer.
Good bye Ellie, you will be missed
One of our oldest residents has sadly passed away due to liver complications resulting from old age. Ellie the red fox has been a firm favourite for Wildwood visitors for many years. She was hand-reared and given to the park when her owner was no longer able to give her the attention she needed, and we have been honoured to have been able to look after her ever since. Most red foxes will live less than 5 years in the wild - our Ellie lived for an incredible 15 years and brought so much joy to so many people. She will be sorely missed.
Return of the jay
AJ the jay has suffered recently with illness, but is now back and recovering in her new enclosure which is located next to the rat barn. Go and say hello!
Love is in the air? Part 1
The upgrade to the raven enclosure, adjusted to raise the chances of baby ravens being born, is bearing fruit. Bena and Ike are showing signs of courting, which includes lots of extensive holding of each other's bills.
Love is in the air? Part 2
When Loki and Freya first arrived at Wildwood late last year, Loki was 'banned' from the holt by Freya and it took some months for them to get used to each other. Our two otters are now not only sleeping in the same spot but showing further signs of intimacy which may lead to baby otters in the near future. We have our fingers crossed!
Wetland recovery project
At Wildwood Escot, we have been putting a great deal of time and effort into our huge 8 acre wetland area.
With the aim of turning the wetland into a living exhibit with trails, interpretation boards and educational activities highlighting the rich biodiversity of the site, we've embarked on a determined recovery project which involves several outside agencies and volunteers as well as a dedicated fundraising effort.
This February, our bushcraft expert Steve Kirk will be hosting four weekly 'Winter Wednesday Talk and Tea' events for just £20 a ticket. Each event will begin at 12pm to include a 2 and half hour tour, meet an animal session and an engaging talk from Steve on a particular topic, plus a homemade afternoon tea in our cafe to finish off the day.
21st Feb - Conservation at Wildwood 28th Feb - Rewilding 7th Mar - Rescue and rehabilitation at Wildwood 14th Mar - Wolves in context
To book your space either as in our shop, email email@example.com or ring on 01227 209621
Picture of the month
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