Author: Simone Brookes

Get ready for Spots and Stripes Day

The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent is hosting a Spots and Stripes fundraising event live via Facebook this Friday 29th May in celebration of its 20th year. Cat-themed activities will be on offer throughout the day, with family-friendly games, quizzes, and competitions to win some amazing prizes, including overnight safari stays and Big Cat Encounters […]

Review: On the Trail of Wolves + WIN a copy of the book!

On the Trail of Wolves by Philippa Forrester Author and TV presenter Philippa Forrester became fascinated with wolves after relocating to the wilds of Wyoming with her nature-loving family. While settling into her new home, the call of the wolves surrounding her cabin ignited a lifelong interest in these beautiful and elusive wild creatures, and […]

Beluga whales get ready for Iceland sanctuary

Two former captive beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, will move into the world’s first open water whale sanctuary in June, the SEA LIFE Trust has revealed this week. The ground-breaking marine welfare project, located in a natural bay off the south coast of Iceland, has been created in partnership with wildlife charity Whale and Dolphin […]

Celebrate nature with an awe-inspiring backdrop

The RSPB has released some stunning images of its nature reserves which can be downloaded for free and used as backgrounds for Zoom. The 15 images feature beautiful landscapes and views across Britain – from lighthouses and lakes to woodlands and sunsets – creating a natural setting for your next online chat. Celebrate nature and […]

Help hedgehogs in your garden + WIN! A Seedball collection

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week and to mark the occasion Seedball has collaborated with People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) to bring you their new Hedgehog Mix – specially created to produce a hedgehog friendly wildflower patch in your garden. All flowers in the mix – a blend of Birdsfoot Trefoil, Poppy, Red Clover, Self Heal, […]

Rare wild horse born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The arrival of an endangered Przewalski’s wild horse foal has been greeted with much excitement by keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo who shared the first images of the youngster this week. Born to mum Charlotte behind closed gates on 13th April, during the nationwide lockdown, the female foal is doing well and often seen racing around […]

‘Extinct’ doves hatch at Birdworld

Great news to report from Birdworld in Surrey following the announcement that two chicks from an extinct in the wild bird species have hatched at the park. Birdworld has been home to the Socorro dove for the past seven years and currently has two pairs as part of a European captive breeding programme. There are […]

Best summer in 20 years for butterflies

A survey carried out by British charity Butterfly Conservation has revealed that the unusually warm and wet summer last year provided a welcome boost to butterfly populations. Of the butterfly species surveyed over half recorded greater numbers, with 2019 becoming one of the best years since records began 44 years ago. Butterflies benefiting from the […]

Watch wild birds live for wellbeing

Spring is a busy time of year for our wild birds who are currently nest building, looking after eggs and rearing their young.  For the opportunity to connect with nature and watch some of our native species, CJ Wildlife is offering a season of live nest box webcams to view from home. Take a front-row seat and […]

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 […]