It’s ‘Blean’ a whole year since bison made history in the UK - Kent Wildlife Trust

Bison in woodland
(Kent Wildlife Trust)

A surprise bison calf, dung beetles, and possible evidence of bison self-medicating are just a few of the wonders that have been revealed

On one of the hottest days of the year, as temperatures soared past 40 degrees, three wild bison were released into a Canterbury woodland to make the landscape more resilient to climate change.

Fundraising is underway for bison bridges which will open up a further 150 hectares of space to the herd.

On 18th July 2022, as the temperature soared past 40 degrees and under the glare of an international media spotlight, three European bison took their first tentative steps into an ancient Canterbury woodland.

The three bison were the first to freely roam in the UK in thousands of years. They had been released into the woodland by Kent Wildlife Trust and Wildwood Trust as part of the Wilder Blean Project, a ground-breaking wilding initiative using large herbivores to reshape the landscape to combat the nature crisis and make the area more resilient to climate change.

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Posted On: 18/07/2023

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