Author: Simone Brookes

Wildwood bears emerge from winter slumber

Heralding the arrival of spring, the brown bears at Kent’s Wildwood Trust have emerged from 4 months of hibernation and returned back into their huge 1.5-acre woodland home. A huge occasion for the wildlife conservation charity, the release would usually be attended by hundreds of visitors who enter a raffle for the chance to feed […]

Good news for our smaller garden birds

The results for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch are in and reveal good news for smaller birds who were spotted in greater numbers in our gardens across the country this year. The wildlife survey, which takes place over the last weekend in January, attracts over half a million people of all ages with almost 8 […]

Rare lemur twins bring joy to Chester Zoo

Some wonderful news from Chester Zoo this week following the arrival of twin ring-tailed lemur babies. Seven-year-old mum Fiona gave birth to the adorable pair following a 135-day-long pregnancy and the tiny duo have been clinging to mum ever since. The tiny twins, who weigh just a few hundred grams and stand 15cm tall, will […]

RSPB Breakfast Birdwatch begins

Nature conservation charity The RSPB is inviting us to join them for a daily Breakfast Birdwatch weekdays between 8 and 9am. A time when many of us would have been on our way to work or doing the school run, we now find ourselves with an opportunity to enjoy nature in our gardens at home. […]

Connect with nature for a boost to wellbeing

Spending time in nature and green spaces can relieve stress and anxiety with people reporting to feel much happier and healthier following an activity outdoors. In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, and for those staying at home, The Wildlife Trusts has issued some simple tips and ideas to keep active while looking after yourself […]

How often should you walk your dog?

A visual guide offering great advice on how often different dog breeds should be walked each day has been created by specialist country and equestrian store Houghton Country. The informative graphics show how different dog breeds – from herding and hound dogs to terriers and toy dogs – need a recommended total walking time of between […]

UK’s only koala joey a girl

The UK’s only koala joey had her first health check at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo recently. Staff at the wildlife conservation charity have confirmed that the youngster, born in July last year, is a girl and currently weighs 759g. Keepers will now choose an Aboriginal inspired name for the young […]

London’s hedgehog hotspots revealed

A recent survey conducted by scientists from ZSL (Zoological Society of London)’s London HogWatch programme and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has revealed a mixed picture for native hedgehogs across the capital. The research, carried out over a two-week period in 2019, involved placing hundreds of cameras in several green spaces across London, from […]

Safari short breaks in the heart of England

West Midland Safari Park has started work on the first phase of a brand-new development,  due to open this summer, offering guests the opportunity to stay overnight within its cheetah and African elephant reserves.  A first for the UK, eight luxury ‘Safari Lodges’ will be integrated into newly-updated animal habitats, designed to give guests an […]

Get growing to help our butterflies and moths

The Wildlife Trusts and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launch their annual Wild About Gardens campaign this month. Inspired by a new film adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic, The Secret Garden – in cinemas from 10th April – gardeners are urged to get growing to help save our butterflies and moths. Gardens provide a vital refuge […]

Snow fun for Hamish in the Highlands ❄️

Hamish the polar bear enjoyed the recent snowfall at his Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park home this week.  The wildlife conservation charity looks after a number of cold-weather adapted and native animals within 105 hectares at the Cairngorms National Park, including snow leopard, Amur tiger, Japanese macaque, European bison, and Scottish […]

Rare chimpanzee born at Edinburgh Zoo

A critically endangered Western chimpanzee has been born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. The yet to be named female is only the second chimpanzee to be born in Scotland for over 20 years. Mum Heleen was rescued from a research laboratory in the Netherlands before being brought to the zoo in 2010. This is the second birth for […]