Bear Wood

Bear Wood tells the story of our British woodland from 8000 BC to present day. Discover four incredible ‘extinct’, British species – bears, wolves, lynxes and wolverines – and unlock the countless secrets of our woods today.
Thousands of years ago, European brown bears lived right here in Britain. In 2019, Wild Place Project is bringing them back!
Our spectacular new Bear Wood exhibit takes you on a journey into a lost world.  Start your journey by entering a ‘time chamber’, where we rewind the clock back to 8000 BC when Britain was densely covered with woodland. You then emerge among the trees, ready to go on a time-hopping, wildlife-spotting adventure.
Winding through beautiful ancient woodland on raised walkways, watch our magnificent bears as they roam below. And they’re not alone! Wolves, lynx and wolverine also live beneath the leafy branches – all native British species lost over time, now brought back in one spectacular immersive experience.
This is our biggest, most ambitious project yet, and the only exhibit of its kind in the UK!


Enter Bear Wood to discover:

  • 4 amazing species: European brown bears, European grey wolves, Eurasian lynxes and wolverines
  • Over 7.5 acres of ancient woodland (that’s 6 football pitches)
  • 700m walkway rising to heights of 4m
  • 180° panoramic viewpoint – a uniquely immersive bear viewing den with floor-to-ceiling glass windows
  • Interactive play areas: climb into our giant bird’s nest
  • Stories of the woodland throughout the year
  • Expert rangers
  • And so much more …
But Bear Wood isn’t just about what we’ve lost. It’s also about fighting to protect what we have.
Today only 2% of Britain’s ancient woodland has survived being cut down, and offers a vital habitat for threatened species such as greater-spotted woodpeckers, tawny owls and hedgehogs. Discover some of Bear Wood’s smaller residents with the help of our expert rangers, and leave inspired about how we can care for our native wildlife for generations to come.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Bear Wood Appeal. We still have £25,000 to raise to fully fund the exhibit. Find out more about how you can support this amazing project and help us to save wildlife together.

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Part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is contributing towards the costs of fencing for the bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx enclosures.

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