All posts tagged: conservation

Marking three decades of dormouse conservation

UK conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species marks the 30th anniversary of its National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP) this year – the longest-running small land mammal survey in the world. Established in 1990 to monitor how the UK’s hazel dormouse populations are faring, results for the 2019 report revealed that, although some populations are thriving, […]

Where to see red squirrels in England

Red Squirrel Awareness Week (21st to 27th September 2020) is held every year to highlight the plight of one of our most iconic British mammals. Once a common sight throughout the UK, the red squirrel population has rapidly declined since the 1950s, with the loss of woodland habitat a contributing factor. With fewer than 40,000 remaining […]

Boost for UK’s rarest lizard

The UK’s rarest lizard population has been given a helping hand after a huge forest fire in Dorset this summer devastated one of the country’s remaining habitats. Conservation charity Marwell Wildlife teamed up with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) and Forestry England to release over 200 young sand lizards back into the wild at Puddletown Forest […]

Red List for British mammals most at risk

Red Squirrel by Austin Thomas The first official Red List for British Mammals has been created highlighting the national species at risk of extinction if urgent action is not taken. Produced by the Mammal Society for Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage, the Red List shows that of the 47 mammals native […]

Support WWF this World Tiger Day

International Tiger Day is held every year on the 29th of July to raise awareness for one of our most iconic yet critically endangered animals. Wild tiger populations have fallen by around 95% since the beginning of the 20th century with only an estimated 3,900 tigers remaining.  World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)  is determined […]

Bison to restore ancient woodland in Kent

Kent Wildlife Trust and the Wildwood Trust will lead a groundbreaking conservation project to introduce bison into a British woodland over the next two years. The £1 million project, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will take place in Blean Wood near Canterbury with the aim of restoring the ecosystem of the area’s ancient […]

Plans to restore native wildcats gathers pace

The Wildwood Trust has formed a partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) with the aim of reintroducing native wildcats to Britain. The European wildcat disappeared from England and Wales a century ago – they were considered vermin – and the species is now one of the rarest and most endangered […]

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 […]

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 […]

How you can help wildlife in Australia

International conservation charity WWF has launched an urgent appeal to help wildlife affected by the recent bushfires sweeping Australia. Heartbreaking images show a country ravaged by one of the most devastating bushfire seasons on record. More than 8 million hectares have been burnt – that’s the equivalent to one-third of the entire UK. Tragically, an […]

Rare baby orangutan born at Chester Zoo

A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan has been born at Chester Zoo. The yet to be named new baby arrived to mother Subis in November, following a nine-month pregnancy, with both doing well. The new male is being celebrated as an important addition to the international breeding programme for the highly threatened species. With fewer than […]

Take a walk on the wild side for Marwell

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire has teamed up with Dorset-based Backdoorshoes to create leopard print gardening clogs which not only look good but also raise money for a great cause. Inspired by Marwell’s very own Amur leopard, Kaia, international conservation charity Marwell Wildlife, which operates Marwell Zoo, receives a donation for every pair sold of these super […]

Baby boom for endangered monkeys at Twycross

Midlands-based Twycross Zoo is celebrating the birth of two baby monkeys from critically-endangered species. The yet to be named new-borns – a black-headed spider monkey and a northern white-cheeked gibbon –  are welcome news for the conservation of each species and the successful breeding programme at the zoo. Both babies are doing very well under the […]