The first-ever bison rangers in the UK are set to begin in post in Spring this year in one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in the country. The position has been posted by Kent Wildlife Trust and The Wildwood Trust as part of their Wilder Blean project, thanks to funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The role will form an important part of the Wilder Blean project team, with the specific purpose of looking after and managing a small herd of wild European bison within approximately 200ha of Blean Woods, near Canterbury in Kent.
The groundbreaking conservation initiative, which gained international exposure in its announcement last year, aims to restore the ecosystem of the area’s renowned ancient woodlands through Nature-based Solutions.
The European bison is the continent’s largest land mammal and adult males can weigh as much as a tonne. The species is known as an “ecosystem engineer” because of their ability to fell trees by rubbing up against them and eating the bark, creating space for a wide range of other species to thrive. No other species can perform this job in quite the same way.