Unicorns, the much loved magical creatures who were once a common sight in early Britain, are to be reintroduced to a nature reserve on the Isle of Wight and a secret location on the Shetland Isles.
Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is set to reintroduce a number of unicorns as part of their ongoing conservation efforts to reintroduce endangered species back into the UK.
Unicorns once lived in all corners of the land and were a much-loved species. In the early 16th century however, unicorns were hunted to near-extinction for their horns, which were renowned and revered for their magical powers.
Henry VIII hunted unicorns on his Hampton Court Estate, as he thought they would help him father the male heir he so desired.
PTES are reintroducing 20 breeding pairs into Briddlesford Wood on the Isle of Wight – a magical woodland which is already home to endangered red squirrels and hazel dormice.
The wildlife charity is also reintroducing unicorns to a secret location on the Shetland Isles in Scotland – which is already home to many species including the famous Shetland Ponies, otters and puffins. The reintroduction of unicorns on the Shetland Isles will be like a homecoming since the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
Unicorn Reintroduction Officer at PTES, Ursula Whitehorn said: “Briddlesford is an ancient woodland that PTES has been managing for over a quarter of a century. The unicorns will fit in perfectly alongside the hazel dormice, red squirrels and Bechstein’s bats that have already made it their home, and we are very proud to be spear-heading this vital reintroduction of an ancient, iconic British species.”
Aside from the one-of-a-kind unicorn reintroduction, PTES work to protect endangered species both in the UK and internationally, and as part of their ongoing conservation work has reintroduced many iconic species back to their former, and natural, habitats including pine martens, red squirrels and hazel dormice.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea