Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s just a kaleidoscope of butterflies fluttering above your head at Wyre Forest.
Did you know: Wyre Forest in Worcestershire is home to the UK’s largest collection of butterflies? In fact, half of the UK’s butterfly and moth species can be found fluttering around the forest’s fauna and flora.
And if you go down to the woods today you’re sure to see an array of beautiful butterflies. Perhaps you’ll spot the common Red Admiral, with velvety-black wings and bright red bands. Or, maybe you’ll come across the striking Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, one of the fastest-declining species in the UK.
You may have sussed that the Go Ape tribe are extremely pro-conservation when it comes to our forests and everything in them. The people at Wyre Forest also share our passion and have been extremely dedicated to protecting endangered butterfly species over the years. A past project called Back to Orange, which was led by the Butterfly Conservation and the Forestry Commission, resulted in a substantial increase in the number of Peal-Bordered Fritillaries – result!
If you’re stopping off at Wyre Forest to do some butterfly-spotting, be sure to pack your camera. Each variety of butterfly is uniquely marked – be it spotted, stripy or speckled. You might want to print off a spotting sheet so you can identify all the different varieties. You could creep up on a couple of butterflies, or snap one sitting on a leaf. If you’re lucky enough, one may even land on you – just don’t scare them away by squealing with excitement.
Luckily for you, we’ve got a Go Ape located in Wyre Forest, so after a morning of butterfly-spotting on the ground, why not climb high-up in the tree tops for some panoramic views of the forest? Book in at Go Ape and you’ll spend the afternoon tackling complicated crossings, scary high ropes and Tarzan swings with your tribe. Perfect.
Meet Kel, one of the marketing tribe at Go Ape HQ, on why we ventured to the beautiful Yorkshire Moors for our 2015 Go Ape photo shoot.
My Go Ape world mostly consists of a desk and a mac – but luckily, from time to time, we get hang out in the forest too.
I chose Dalby Forest as the backdrop for our annual photoshoot.
– Roadtrips: good company + good music + a cheeky junk-food-stop at the services (optional). You can’t beat ’em.
-Height, big zips, and BEAUTY – Dalby has it all (it’s now home to Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior and Forest Segways). The mountain biking is great too. Hello Adventure.
-Nick and his tribe run the show up there. They’re a passionate bunch about two things: Adventure & Yorkshire. #bigup
-Yorkshire tea. (contentious I know)
-Pancakes and maple syrup at Grindale House B&B. Or if you fancy a splurge check out The Star Inn, Harome.
-The North. I’m a southern fairy so it’s always a treat to flock North.
You shouldn’t have favourites…
May your adventure bring your family closer together, even as it takes you far away from home.
Open yourself up to an endless stream of possibilities and challenge your tribe to another Go Ape in another county. It’s that unfamiliar territory that can draw people to a new adventure.
So whether it’s climbing up to the heady heights of Grizedales‘ tallest platform or the stomach-lurching leap from Margams’ six metre Tarzan Swing, we have it all.
If you’re looking at racking up some length, Go Ape Cannock offers a 1,500 metre Tree Top Adventure (our longest in fact!), sure to challenge even the fittest fiddle, or how about flying through the air on Go Ape Aberforyles‘ 426 metre zip in some of the most beautiful Scottish landscape.
The world (…or the UK!) really is your oyster when you have the choice of 28 exhilarating Go Ape adventures! And let’s not forget there’s a choice of seven stateside…
We’ve swung to a new record after welcoming our four millionth tribe member at Go Ape Aberfoyle last week.
Four million customers have unleashed their inner Ape, swinging through our leafy hangouts on wind-in-your-face zip wires since our first adventure opened at Go Ape Thetford 12 years ago.
Jerome Mayhew, managing director at Go Ape, said: “Welcoming our four millionth customer is a fantastic achievement for Go Ape and for the visitor to swing through the trees in Aberfoyle in the year of the summer of sport in Scotland is incredible. We are always looking at new ways to bring the thrill of adventure to our customers across the UK.”
The four millionth customer, Wendy Miles took to the trees at the Aberfoyle course in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park on Thursday 21 August whilst holidaying in Scotland with her husband Robert Miles and daughters Emily Miles (17) and Katie Miles (14). The Berkshire family was presented with a celebratory certificate from the Go Ape team on descending to the ground, and also received gift vouchers for future admission.
Wendy said: “It was such a surprise to be told we were the four millionth visitor to Go Ape by a gorilla waiting for us at the finish line. It was a fantastic experience which the whole family enjoyed and we are very excited to go back again with our complimentary vouchers in the near future. We would recommend Go Ape to anyone looking for a fun and adventurous family day out.”