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21 Sep 2021
Stagecoach South East has teamed up with the Wildwood Trust to help raise awareness of climate change and threatened species.
The Kent trust has lined up a series of events to celebrate Great Big Green Week, which is taking place from 18th to 26th September.
A colleague from the conservation charity has been going the extra mile by catching a Triangle bus to work dressed as a red-billed Chough to highlight the link between climate change and endangered and at-risk species.
Eagled-eyed passengers are being encouraged to spot the chough and upload a photo to social media using the hashtag #BigGreenWeek to be in with a chance of winning an Arctic Fox Experience at Wildwood for two.
The move is a light-hearted nod to the ongoing chough (pron: chuff) conservation project, run by Wildwood Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust, to reintroduce the iconic cliff-top crows into the wild in Kent for the first time in 200 years.
Kim Brooks, Assistant Operations Manager at Stagecoach’s depot in Herne Bay, said: “We’re pleased to be working with the Wildwood Trust to support the reintroduction of the red-billed chough and celebrate action on climate change during Great Big Green Week.
“The trust has a fantastic range of activities lined up to mark the national event and we’re thrilled to be able to support this.”
As standard, visitors who take the bus, train, or bike to Wildwood, are automatically given a 50% discount to help encourage people to use public transport and reduce emissions.
For those not getting the bus, there’ll still be a chance to spot the chough flapping around at the park itself. Visitors who managed to get a picture on social media will be in with a chance of winning a limited edition, sustainable “Big Green Week” water bottle.
Wildwood Trust Director of Conservation, Laura Gardner, said: “We’re delighted to be playing a part in the Big Green Week and helping to raise awareness of climate change in any way we can.
“Wildwood has always been more than a wildlife park. Our mission is to inform and educate the public about the impact we’re having on the world’s species, putting conservation at the very heart of what we do.
“Importantly, this is about more than a week of action, it is truly the fight of our lives. We hope that through our combined efforts we can encourage people to make a long-term commitment to helping solve the climate crisis.”
For more information about the events taking place at Wildwood for the Big Green Week, click here.