Nestled just a short distance from the zoo is our very own native species habitat, the nature reserve.
Officially established in 2013, this stretch of land is already home to a wide range of UK wildlife such as kingfishers, hedgehogs and harvest mice, as well as the occasional report of other species like otters!
A section of the nature reserve is designated as a Local Wildlife Site for the important plants, birds and invertebrates recorded there, providing a protected habitat for vulnerable species. Amongst the flurry of wildlife, you’ll also spot blooming wildflowers too – an important element of healthy habitats and brings colour to the countryside.
This nature reserve is crucial to understanding the situation of many native species, from monitoring a decline in numbers to population boosts in certain species. Recording wildlife on the reserve is a very important aspect of our UK conservation work at the zoo – from camera traps to wildlife surveys we monitor a range of species closely.
The Chester Zoo Nature Reserve has been part funded by a grant of £49,144 from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund. WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.