Brockhole’s Nature Reserve first in England to have free-roaming moose

Posted on - 1st April, 2023 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Brockholes, Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
A moose lying down Pic: David Mark from Pixabay
This will soon become a familiar sight in Preston Pic: David Mark from Pixabay

Brockholes Nature Reserve is set to become the first area in England to be home to a moose family in several thousand years.


Following the successful reintroduction of a breeding pair of moose into Scotland’s Highlands in 2008, a number of other European countries such as Norway and Poland have also successfully reintegrated this majestic animal into their woodlands.

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Now, thanks to a successful bid to the European Wildlife Fund, Brockholes has been chosen as the first nature reserve in England to have moose reintroduced into their habitat, as the 250,000 acres is deemed to be the perfect size for the animals to safely roam without getting tangled in telephone lines – the highest cause of moose deaths in Canada.

Brockholes Nature Reserve Pic: Paul Melling
Brockholes Nature Reserve Pic: Paul Melling

There has been some opposition from residents in the surrounding area, as in Canada arsey moose kill and injure more people than black and brown bears combined.

Blog Preston understands their concern is understandable as the critically endangered European Honking Moose is the tallest living species of Melephant, with the bulls standing as much as 18 feet tall at the shoulder. With a formidable antler span of up to five metres, even their small Canadian relatives can easily throw a car full of sturdy Americans back over the Canadian border should any occupant try to high five them; a grave insult in moose culture.


Fortunately, the danger has been deemed negligible as statistics show that Prestonians are more likely to be taken out by one of the city’s aggressive Wild Bollards that have swarmed across the centre unchecked in recent years.

If the reintegration of moose to the English countryside proves successful, stage two of the programme will begin. Silver wolves, the most flamboyant yet insecure members of the Canis Lupus family, will potentially be roaming free in Avenham and Miller Park, bringing added excitement to the annual Easter Egg rolling event, or a circuit of Preston’s award-winning Guild Wheel.

Read more: Preston’s Easter Egg rolling returning to Avenham and Miller Park

Councillors have expressed hope that it will also force two natural enemies – cyclists and dog walkers – to put aside their differences and work together in order to survive.

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