Bristol news This is what it was like visiting the Wild Place post lockdown MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The park has introduced some changes in light of the pandemic, but the core experience is the same
Breaking News ! I do not have children, but I love going to farms, zoos and anywhere that has animals in general so I should start asking my friends if I can borrows theirs really. I sometimes feel a bit self-conscious going to these places without a child but I have to admit, when lockdown restrictions eased, one of the things I was looking forward to the most was being outdoors watching animals. At this time of the year, these places always seem so full of life. So, a couple of weekends ago, my partner and I went along to the Wild Place project in the outskirts of Bristol. We had been there before, but it had been a while since we last visited as the Bear Wood (one of the highlights now) wasn't open during our last trip. A European brown bear takes a bath at the Wild Place Project to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the opening of Bear Wood At the moment, you have to book in advance and, from my experience, it is a good idea to plan ahead; I first tried to book tickets for the same weekend, but they were sold out. Because of the British weather, booking so far in advance feels a bit of a gamble (who fancies a trip to the zoo when it is soaking wet) but we were lucky and the weather was lovely. When booking, you choose a time slot for your arrival and receive a booking reference to give out on arrival. We arrived at the Wild Place project just after 10.30am on a Sunday and there weren't any crowds at all. Grey wolves and European brown bears are living together for the first time in Britain for thousands of years at the Bear Wood The car park was well managed, with staff indicating where to park, and we went straight in without the need to queue. My main worry was whether the experience would feel a bit too controlled and sanitised, but I found the moment you are among animals it is easy to have a break from coronavirus and just enjoy yourself. Everyone around us seemed to be having a good time too. One of the main changes I noticed was the one-way system they have introduced, but that is not necessarily a bad thing as I found it ensured we didn't miss any animals.
. Walking among the trees, the Bear Wood is a truly immersive experience and we were able to see a wolverine sleeping, another one rolling around and showing us their beautiful belly. We only got a glimpse of a sleeping lynx, but we saw the bears and wolves running around which was wonderful.
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There are staff around the site who encourage visitors to keep moving so everyone gets a chance to see while keeping their distance, and you are not allowed to go back on yourself, so we ended up going around the Bear Wood twice. The only thing we missed were the keeper talks, which are not taking place at this time to reduce the potential for crowds to gather. We saw plenty of signs around the Wild Place project reminding people to follow social distancing rules and spotted the additional hand washing and toilet facilities that have been installed throughout the park.
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At no point in our visit we encountered crowds and we felt completely safe. Being outdoors, people were respectful of social distancing guidelines. The Bristol Zoological Society - which runs the Zoo and the Wild Place Project - have reported serious financial difficulties since the pandemic hit. They need us, but we also need them. In my experience, a day outdoors with animals can make a world of difference to how you feel. If you are like me and don't have kids, do not make the mistake of thinking these spaces are not for you. Whatever age you are, animals always have the ability to captivate.
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