Animalia

Counting birds with RSPB Arne

THE Big Garden Bird Watch, organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the world’s largest wildlife survey. This year it takes place over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January, and there is an invitation to join staff and volunteers at the RSPB’s Arne reserve on Poole Harbour to…

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Look out for raptors at Arne

ON Wednesdays in January, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is hosting raptor roost watches, a chance for the public to take part in dusk walks on the lookout for kestrels, merlins, short-eared owls, marsh harriers and even the elusive hen harrier, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the…

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The spiky charm of the “niffler”

A PAIR of porcupines, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the niffler from JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, are captivating keepers at Longleat with their amusing antics. The female prehensile-tailed porcupines, Pumpkin and Squash, both less than a year old, recently arrived at the safari park from separate collections in Switzerland and…

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National Trust announces first beaver reintroductions

THE National Trust has announced plans to release Eurasian beavers[at two sites in the south of England next spring to help with flood management and to improve biodiversity. The beaver reintroductions will be the Trust’s first, linking to its ambitions to create priority habitats for nature and to increase the diversity of species and wildlife…

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Koala flies in from Japan

A MALE koala has been flown from Osaka in Japan to join Longleat’s koala programme. The 12-year-old marsupial was flown from Osaka Tennoji Zoo and accompanied on the flight by his Japanese keepers and vet who are helping him settle in to his new home. His arrival means Longleat now has what is believed to…

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Spotting red squirrels on Brownsea Island

BROWNSEA Island in Poole Harbour is one of the few places where you can see red squirrels in England and autumn is one of the best times of year to spot them. The National Trust is running free guided red squirrel walks daily until Friday 25th October, from 11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm; no booking is necessary,…

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Top dogs on film at Poole and Bath

A NEW film festival should delight dog-lovers everywhere. The Top Dog Film Festival comes to Poole Lighthouse on 3rd October, Bath Komedia on 9th October and Exeter Corn Exchange on 6th November. The Top Dog Film Festival is a collection of canine-inspired short films, all celebrating the unbreakable bond between dogs and humans. From the…

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First sighting of Longleat’s endangered tiger cubs

A PAIR of Amur tiger cubs – the world’s largest big cats and one of the most endangered of the tiger families – have ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. Although initially cautious, the cubs, a male called Rusty and a female called Yuki, soon overcame their nerves and began exploring…

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Good luck message from a local Lion King

THE Regent Centre at Christchurch has received a special “Good Luck” roar from the Lion King of the Isle of Wight, to celebrate the upcoming run of Disney’s new Lion King film, on screen at the art deco cinema from 9th to 15th August. “It’s going to be a roaring success!” says 12 year old…

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Seven wolf cubs born at Longleat

KEEPERS at Longleat Safari Park are celebrating the arrival of seven tiny wolf pups. The bumper litter of European wolves, which were born last month, are being carefully looked after by mum Eliska and dad Jango. The protective parents periodically pick the cubs up and move them between three separate underground dens in their woodland…

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