Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Badger Cubs


What a hectic few weeks... This year it seems that a lot of things has happened at once, and we are only just about catching up with ourselves. This means a lot of news to share with you all, and hopefully I will be able to bowl a bountiful of blog posts your way over the coming weeks... that is if we get our electricity back! But that's a tale for another time. 

So where shall I start. A lot happens behind the scenes here at the Centre, and I think it is sometimes nice to share some of these stories as well. A couple of weeks a go we had a couple of badger cubs brought in to us. They were on death's door, had obviously been out alone and abandoned for a night or two, completely dehydrated, stone cold and covered in more fleas and ticks than probably all us keepers put together had seen before. 




Most of you will be aware that we do not advertise as a rescue centre, and usually pass animals that come to us on to dedicated rescue centres, but these two cubs needed immediate attention and a lot of luck! So we kept them here to look after.

After a long night, they were finally showing some good signs, and another day saw them begin to feed well from the bottle. They are now going from strength to strength, and are beginning to begin the weaning process.



They currently live off display where we can keep them quiet and keep a close eye on them, but they do venture out in to the Dell every so often to wander around, explore... and of course DIG! so if you see any muddy divots in there at the weekend, you now know why!

More new arrivals to announce soon, and of course half term next week too... could be a good week to visit!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Photo of the Month: April 2017

"Ted and Basil" by Dave Burden

A lot has happened over the past month... Drogo being a star for the pine marten talk, long-eared owl chicks, Drogo loving his role for the pine marten talk, red squirrel kittens, a new emerging favourite for the pine marten talk, heron chicks, dancing adders, oh... and did I mention Drogo, he is really relishing his new role as being one of our main pine martens for the afternoon talks!

Lots of photographs showing all these things have been sent and and shared over the internet, but I chose the photo above by Dave Burden to be April's photo of the month. What a great moment to capture!

And below are some other favourites from the last few weeks...


"Heron Chicks" by Bobs Photography

"Dancing Adders" by Moi Hicks

"Harvest Mouse" by Lisa Clark

"Hedgehog" by Andre Neves