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Native wildlife zone opens at Buckinghamshire eco farm

Green Dragon Eco Farm in Buckinghamshire opened a new Wildlife Conservation Zone this week which will enable visitors to view a number of British and European species close up.

The aim of the new wildlife zone is to support and protect native species whose numbers are threatened in the wild while educating visitors on the value of conservation.

Native species include the red squirrel, barn owl, red fox, Scottish wildcat, reindeer, fallow deer, golden eagle, common buzzard and other native birds of prey, with pine marten, European polecat and lynx planned to arrive later.

Jay Wood, General Manager at Green Dragon said: “We are absolutely thrilled to open the Wildlife Zone.  Our mission since we began 4 years ago has been to conserve rare breeds and inspire people to enjoy the great outdoors. The natural next step is to support and celebrate some of our native wildlife. Our naturalistic enclosures will enable visitors to view these wonderful animals, learn about their habitats and take home a positive message about what we can do for conservation – even small actions collectively make a real difference.”

Five acres of the farm have been given over to extra-large enclosures replicating the animals own natural environments. Within a covered teaching space, interpretation boards and interactive talks offer information about each species, their link to UK native habitats and how conservation can help them in the wild, with demonstrations and flying displays encouraging the natural behaviours of the animals.

The new wildlife zone will also be actively involved in conservation breeding programmes for species such as the Scottish wildcat and red squirrel, which it hopes to reintroduce to the wild. The zone will also home rescued wildlife in need of care, sanctuary, and possibly rehabilitation.

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