The clocks recently went back an hour and it's now getting dark early in the woods. To try to cut-down on the chances of people bumping into trees, we are now adopting our winter hours of 10am to 4pm (last entry at 3pm). Opening hours will change once again as soon as we get our daylight back!
Before being rescued from an abandoned breeding facility in Bulgaria, the bears had never hibernated. After a lot of hard work and behavioural therapy from our keeper team, our bears are successfully entering torpor for the third year in a row! Although we won't see them much until spring, we're delighted that they are acting naturally and following regular annual behavioural patterns.
Harvest mouse survey
Wildwood Trust is working in collaboration with the Kent Mammal Group on a project to find out the current distribution of the Harvest Mouse (Micromys minutus) across the county of Kent. The species is thought to be declining, but without an up-to-date survey of their distribution it is difficult to know its true conservation status.
If you are interested in helping us reach our goal of surveying the whole of Kent for Harvest Mice you can attend one of the free “Harvest Mouse Ecology and Surveying” courses at Wildwood (and at other locations around Kent) that will give you all the background and field skills required to go out and survey your local area for Harvest Mice. The next survey season has just begun, just go to our courses page to see when the next training day is happening or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our team of rangers have been hard at work building a new enclosure for our lynx, Cara and Shria. It's already looking great and should be ready by the end of November. We can't wait to welcome Cara and Shria into their new home.
The Wildwood Christmas Tombola is back!
Thanks to the generosity of some of our suppliers (Aurora World, Wild Republic, Indigo, Ark Toys and Gifted Wholesale we thank you!) we are able to offer our biggest and best tombola ever! At just £2 per ticket, with everyone a winner, do not miss the chance to have a go when you pass through the Wildwood shop.
With over 50 beautiful soft toys up for grabs, as well as other awesome prizes, this is something not to be missed out on the run up to the festive period.
Our popular Wildwood nature courses are now available for the Autumn/Winter period, including two courses which will give you the skills to create your own products, perfect for giving that special Christmas gift.
Why not try your hand in Wildwood's Natural Skincare Lab on Sunday 25th November or get creative at our Festive Willow Wreaths course on Saturday 1st December.
The race is on to save baby dormice before it's too late!
We urgently need your support to rescue these vulnerable babies from their tragic struggle for survival and to help prevent the extinction of the hazel dormouse in Britain. Donate today to give them a future - https://wildwoodtrust.org/baby-dormouse-rescue
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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 where visitors can see bears, 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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