Project information

Wildwood Endangered Species Centre

Help us save the UK’s most threatened
animals from extinction.

The provision of a dedicated Centre for conservation research, education captive breeding is vital for the successful reintroduction of our most endangered British animals

June 2011 - September 2012

Charity information

Wildwood Trust

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  • Need


    Many of the wild animals that we work with at Wildwood are in urgent need of protection, and are listed in local and national Biodiversity Action Plans. These species include the water vole, red squirrel and the hazel dormouse. The water vole, which was until recently widespread in lowland Britain, is now the most endangered mammal in the UK. These critically endangered species need to be rescued, trans-located and captive bred if we are to ensure their survival.


    We need to construct an Endangered Species Rescue Centre at Wildwood Trust, to support our work in environmental protection. The Centre will provide facilities for captive breeding, research and environment study, as requested by our research partners at WildCRU at Oxford University, and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Using the conservation centre as a learning resource, we can study the causes for the decline of protected species.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create an endangered animal support centre to promote conservation


    » Build a timber construction with separate heat-controlled rooms
    » fit out the facility with vet equipment, hand-rearing and monitoring equipment
    » use the facility for educational talks in 2012

    Success will be the successful rearing of 9 orphaned hazel dormice in 2012, and 10 educational activities using the facility in 2012

  • Impact


    the project will bring an increase to the numbers of orphaned, injured and juvenile endangered animals we can support in future years, and the information about conservation work with British animals available to our visitors. Success will be measured with an increase in the numbers of animals supported by the charity, and positive feedback from visiting groups


    risks include delays to completion of the project due to emergencies in the park, we have carried out risk assessments for the park facilities


    quarterly updates via e-mail on progress

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,959

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,159 Building timber building with separate heated rooms
      £10,800 fittings medical materials and washing facilities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Viridor Credits £18,659 Guaranteed
    Chapman Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Steel Charitable Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Garfield Weston Foundation £3,000 Guaranteed
  • 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.
    Local schoolchildren will have the opportunity to participate in the project development.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have many years experience and expertise working with dormice, water voles and British reptiles. We have built up links with research partners at WildCRU at Oxford University, and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hazel Ryan

    Conservation expert with 8 years experience running Wildwood's conservation projects

    Paul Wirdnam

    Head keeper with 25 years experience managing animals

    Chris Towner

    Head ranger with 25 years experience in the industry, will be constructing the facility