THE British Wildlife Centre was started in 1997 by David Mills. Before then, on the site of what is now the wildlife centre, David farmed a herd of award-winning Venn pedigree Jersey cows which, in its day, became one of the leading Jersey herds in the country.
In 1994 David ceased farming and reluctantly sold his beloved herd to realise his dream – to create his own zoo. He decided to specialise in British wildlife as he felt that there was need to educate the public about native species and the challenges they face living in the wild in Britain today.
The Centre finally opened for pre-booked tours in 1998, with David doing everything himself; looking after the animals and giving guided tours, with a friend helping out with the admin. The Centre opened fully in 2000 and has been growing slowly but steadily since, with over 20 staff now employed.