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The Kent park where you can spend a date night walking with lynx and wolves

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Original article from Kent Live

A park near Canterbury is offering loved-up couples the chance to experience a unique date night alongside wildlife.

In May, Wildwood Trust will open its doors at sunset exclusively for adults to enjoy the romantic setting.

The park is offering late evening visitors the chance to get nose-to-nose with wildlife at the magical time of evening.

From May 14, visitors can explore the 40-acre woodland at dusk and take a socially distanced stroll alongside lynx who come out to play at that time.

As well as lynx, organise say animals including badgers, pine martens and wolves can all be spotted at the park.

For those wanting to make a full date night out of it, the Wildwood Trust is also operating a restaurant under the stars.

There's fish & chips, pub classics such as lasagne and a curry on the menu too.

The event is only for over-16s and there are limited openings on Fridays and Saturdays, only from May to August.

Paul Whitfield, Director General at Wildwood Trust said: ‘’Last year we had incredible feedback from people who felt like these openings were a fantastic alternative to the excitement of our daytime adventures.

The lynx are more active in the evenings

"In the evening there is a really calm and peaceful atmosphere compared with the buzz of the daytime.

"We only allow limited numbers of visitors in the evenings which gives a real sense of exclusivity, it feels almost like having the park to yourself.

"It’s a truly special experience and not to be missed!’’

Not only is the experience perfect for a romantic soiree, but it's an exciting opportunity for animal lovers too.

Which animals make an appearance in the evening and what they do is completely different to the usual daytime hours.

Mark Habben, Zoo Director at Wildwood Trust said: “Seeing the animals at this time of day and in a different setting can be a very special and intimate encounter.

"Many of our animals are more active at this time of day and to experience the stirring of a wildcat ready for its nightly hunt or the whirr of an owl’s wings in the twilight gives you an immense feeling of being connected to nature.”

The format of the activity means the park has Visit England's ‘good to go’ seal of approval with measures including limited entries and a one-way system in place.

Launching the evening activity comes as a bid to make back some money lost during the pandemic for the park.

Wildwood is also a conservation charity for British wildlife and runs species conservation, animal rescue and nature preservation programmes.

The hope is that these exclusive moonlight visits will help bring projects, such as saving red squirrels from extinction, back to health.

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