All entries in 'Wildlife'


Cheetah cubs venture outside for the first time

A quartet of cheetah cubs has ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. The quartet, which were born in August, initially stuck close to mum Wilma as they explored the great outdoors at the Wiltshire wildlife attraction. However it wasn’t long before they started venturing further afield and even tested out their […]








Rare butterfly larva spotted in Clouts Wood

Protecting Wiltshire trees for the future at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank The larva of the elusive White Letter Hairstreak butterfly was spotted last week by The Conservation Foundation’s James Coleman and volunteer Alex Morley, who were collecting seed from wych elms from Clouts Wood, a reserve managed by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Elm is the […]








A New Find for Wiltshire – Sea Fern-grass Discovered on A30

The first recorded sighting of Sea Fern-grass (Catapodium marinum) has been confirmed on the Protected Road Verge at Thorny Down on the A30 near Salisbury. Local volunteer recorder, Anne Appleyard, made this exciting discovery when recording the wildlife on the verge. Anne said “I was looking mainly at the flora of the banks, including young […]








Sunshine and sheep in Devizes

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust brought the countryside to Devizes to showcase their work and livestock. Taking over the town centre on Saturday, 28th September, the Trust brought its rare breed Herdwick sheep and Dexter cattle to the Market Place to meet locals and visitors. As well as meeting the livestock, visitors had the opportunity to meet […]








Kings Farm Wood officially opens to the public

After a successful fundraising campaign to save the much loved Kings Farm Wood, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is officially opening it for the public on 12 September 2013. In an action packed day, the Trust will be taking people on guided walks throughout the afternoon and evening. Trust staff will be available to talk about the […]








One of the UK’s rarest bats spotted at Blackmore Copse

During a night of bat surveying at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Blackmoor Copse nature reserve, researcher Phil Brown from the University of Bristol identified a barbastelle bat. This is the first confirmed sighting of this elusive and rare species of bat on the reserve. Working with the Trust’s reserves officer, Ashley White, Phil set up traps […]








Baby joy for rescued ring-tailed lemurs

A pair of rescued ring tailed lemurs have given birth to a baby boy at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. Mum Hasina and dad Julien are part of a troop of the playful Madagascan primates which live in a walkthrough enclosure at the Wiltshire safari park. Both were rescued as youngsters from unsuitable living conditions […]








New arrivals a handful for keepers at Longleat’s Jungle Kingdom

Keepers at Longleat’s Jungle Kingdom have got their hands full looking after their newest arrivals – a quartet of rescued boa constrictors with a total length in excess of seven metres. The four giant snakes, the largest of which is called Zeus and measures 2.2 metres in length, were all re-homed at the Wiltshire attraction […]








Steve Backshall at Longleat this Easter

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is turning Deadly this Easter and there’s only one person to call – Steve Backshall, star of CBBC’s wildly successful Deadly TV series who will present a programme of live shows at Longleat on Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April. This special event marks the launch of the new […]








Wild otter spotted at Longleat

It may be best known for its African animals, but it’s a rare native species that’s now causing excitement at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. This week, staff reported sightings of a wild otter close to a stream in the centre of the Longleat estate. Jon Cracknell, Director of Animal Operations said: “We’d started getting […]