The Darling Bugs of May

A pair of bison at Wildwood Kent
A pair of bison at Wildwood Kent; photo courtesy of Wildwood Trust

Wildwood Kent celebrates this half-term holiday

Insects are the most diverse and ecologically important group of animals in land habitats. Celebrate the wonderful “bug” this May half-term at Kent’s most popular native British wildlife park. 

From Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June, Wildwood Kent will be helping visitors put a spring in their step with a host of fun “bug-themed” activities and a line-up of furry favourites.

There are over 24 000 known species of insect in the United Kingdom, with hundreds of species to be found in almost every garden and green space. Wildwood Kent will be celebrating this fascinating group of animals with daily activities for young insect enthusiasts, including face painting on Saturdays, bug hunts, bug crafts and even ‘I Spy’ (?) sheets for amateur detectives to go bug-spotting. 

Butterflies are bugs

Wildwood are also teaming up with experts Butterfly Conservation who will be providing activities and giving visitors a chance to spread their wings on an interactive and educational Moth Trail. After all this fun, make sure to keep the energy levels up at the Woodland Café who will be serving up a delicious “darling” spread of summer picnic favourites including of course, Butterfly Cakes.

In addition to the bugs, eagle-eyed visitors may be lucky enough to spot a glimpse of some new additions to the park which include baby ravens, chough chicks, and baby storks. Meanwhile, don’t miss out on old favourites the gentle brown bears Fluff and Scruff, the graceful grey wolf pack, and the playful otters Loki and Freya. 

Bears Fluff and Scruff playing
Bears Fluff and Scruff playing at Wildwood Kent; photo courtesy Wildwood Trust

For those looking to learn more about some of the park’s magnificent animals, there’ll be a host of daily educational talks (and some animal feeds) on everything from the bison and the bears to the owls and the otters.* 

To find out more about Wildwood’s darling May half-term line-up and to book your arrival slot, click HERE.


*Talks and activities may vary, please check the noticeboard on entry to the park for daily details. All talks take place at the animals’ enclosures unless noted. 

  • All activities and events apart from face painting are free to paying visitors and members but spaces may be limited and some activities may have to be booked on entry to the park. 

A black bird with a red bill and red legs standing on a rock
A red-billed chough; image courtesy of Wildwood Trust

About Wildwood

Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. Wildwood is Kent’s best British wildlife park.

Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres (more than 16 hectares) of beautiful ancient woodland where visitors can see bears, wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses and badgers plus many more.

As a leading animal conservation charity, The Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving the UK’s most threatened wildlife. Our ground-breaking conservation programmes currently include Wilder Blean, a project to bring bison to the Blean Woods and restoring the almost-extinct chough (chuff) to Kent and the south coast.