Autumn has arrived at Wild Place Project. It is the perfect time of year to enjoy the changing seasons of the woodland at Wild Place Project.
The attraction has 21 acres (8.5 hectares) of beautiful British ancient woodland behind the Madagascar exhibit. Visitors can gather conkers, acorns and pine cones in the woodland and see the oak, ash, yew, cherry and blackthorn trees, along with hazel, lime, beech, birch and horse chestnut trees.
As well as being home to exotic animals from around the world, Wild Place Project is an important habitat for many UK native species. Now is the perfect time of year, as the leaf canopy thins, to see woodpeckers in the trees, buzzards in the skies and spot grey squirrels busily gathering nuts from the hazel trees in preparation for the winter months ahead.
Nigel Simpson, head of operations at Wild Place Projects, said: “It’s such a beautiful time of year at Wild Place Project, we want to encourage everyone to don their wellies and enjoy the great outdoors on offer here.”
He added: “Our Blackhorse Wood area is an untouched natural woodland. It is believed that the oak, birch, ash and beech trees within the ancient woodland have regenerated naturally from those growing there 3,000 years ago.”
As well as enjoying the natural landscape, visitors can get involved with Wild Place Project’s Halloween Harvest this month.
Among the frighteningly good events you can sink your teeth into at the Halloween Harvest are competitions where staff judge the best carved pumpkin, which are brought along to the event, a shadowy story trail around the site, scary scarecrow selfies and a terrifying trail through Webb’s Brake woodland and mini beast encounters
There will also be daily animal talks and feeds and tasty Halloween-themed treats in the Courtyard Café.
The Halloween Harvest returns from Saturday, October 22 until Sunday October 30. Children can join the frightful fun for just £5 entry (with a full paying adult).