Project information

Endangered wildlife conservation

The wildlife and habitats of the UK are under threat, due to the devastating impact of human activity on the countryside. Wildwood Trust will create additional facilities to expand our conservation projects with endangered animals, and inspire visitors to protect their own green spaces

September 2011 - September 2012

Charity information

Wildwood Trust

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  • Need


    The way we live and produce food impacts on our wildlife. Animals are suffering from introduced non-native species and habitat loss. We have already lost some animals from our shores. There are only 400 wildcats left in the wild, red squirrels, pine martens and polecats are left only at the margins, and dormice and water voles continue to decline. Most British wildlife is extremely difficult to see in the wild - many of our animals are nocturnal, extremely shy and good at hiding or very rare.


    It is important for the future protection of our native wildlife that the general public is well informed about the animals on their doorstep, the animals that are rare or declining, and the animals that used to be here. The additional facilities this project will create will mean more people can learn about our endangered wildlife from red squirrels and water voles to pine martens and wild cats. The facilities will include information on how people can support wildlife near them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create new public educational facilities for endangered species in 2012


    » Run twenty public talks and feeds with endangered species at the new facilities during 2013.
    » ┬╗Create new educational displays with input from two local school groups

    Success will be.. receiving 9,500 educational group visitors during 2013 and having involved
    at least two school groups in the planning process.

  • Impact


    The project will increase the opportunities for local people to learn about some of our rarest and most illusive animals, so that they can have better support in the future.
    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the number of visitors to the new facilities. Success will be a 3% increase in this number for the next 3 years, and positive feedback from visiting schools.


    There is a risk that the construction of the new facilities will be delayed if emergency work takes priority. We have reduced this risk by planning the work carefully along with other works expected to take place.


    Donors to this project will receive a quarterly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £73,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 wildcat new wildcat facility with educational interpretation
      £13,000 red squirrel new red squirrel facility with information on conservation programme
      £20,000 pine marten new pine marten facility with educational interpretation
      £20,000 lynx new lynx facility with educational information
  • Background


    Wildwood is located within the Canterbury district, in an ancient coppiced woodland. The district has areas of high relative deprivation, a historic city, costal towns and open countryside.


    Endangered species and visitors to Wildwood would be the primary beneficiaries.
    The district has areas of high relative deprivation. Local schoolchildren will have the opportunity to participate in the project development.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully bred pine martens and wild cats over the last 5 years to support their conservation. Red squirrels bred each year go to support the red squirrel conservation project at Anglesey. We have developed a network with local schools and colleges and provide award-winning educational events.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Wirdnam

    Head keeper at Wildwood, has been a keeper for over 25 years and looking after endangered animals at Wildwood for 7 years

    Chris Towner

    Head ranger at Wildwood, over 20 years in the industry, constructing enclosures for endangered animals at Wildwood for 4 years