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22 Feb 2019

 

Will the news that the first mammal extinction resulting from climate change has occurred on Bramble Cay, a small island near Papua New Guinea, be a wake-up call for more people to take notice of the plight of our natural world? The article announcing this news can be found here.

 

By State of Queensland, CC BY 3.0 au

 

As with everything in life, people only care about something if they understand it and take it to heart. Therefore, sharing knowledge about wildlife, the environment and the threats they face is critical if we are going to reverse the destructive trend that seems, sadly, to have become the norm.

This week Pensthorpe opened its Wildlife Education Centre. Our aim is to provide learning opportunities that will inspire all generations to engage with and care for the natural world. In addition to running activities for schools and other child and adult groups, we will be increasing the current range of walks, talks and events we offer to families.

As a visitor to the Park you will have the opportunity to learn about wildlife in the UK, its conservation and how you can get involved both by taking action in your home and through Citizen Science projects. As the centre develops, there will be exhibits, puzzles, information boards, videos and plenty of hands-on and outdoor activities all designed to help you gain a greater understand of your natural surroundings and the life it supports.

It might be hard to relate to the extinction of a tiny rodent, the Bramble Cay melomys, on the other side of the world, but what if hedgehogs or water voles were to suffer the same fate? We hope that by playing a small part in educating people about wildlife, they will care enough to take action not to let this happen.

The education centre is open daily.