Animalia

A dog’s tale from Tall Tree

A LOST dog in a Wiltshire village inspired Tall Tree Theatre to create Shackleton, a delightful new play about a dog who wants more adventure in his life. The show is touring the region, with dates at Corsham, with Wiltshire’s Rural Arts Touring scheme, and Dorset with Artsreach, ending at Poole Lighthouse on 28th October….

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Choose the best food for your birds

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be at Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, on 22nd September to advise on choosing the best sort of food and feeders for garden birds. More than half of adults in the UK feed birds in their garden but with an increasingly bewildering array of seed mixes and…

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Aardvarks make short work of sand castle

IT took hours to create, but a pair of overly-enthusiastic aardvarks demolished an ornate sandcastle sculpture within seconds at Longleat. Sisters Frankie and Nacho, who arrived at the safari park from a zoo in Spain earlier this year, have been keeping keepers busy by excavating huge amounts of sand from their new enclosure. On numerous…

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Wildlife survey at Knoll Gardens

KNOLL Gardens at Wimborne is not only a fascinating destination for keen gardeners, it is also home to more than 140 species of birds, bees, butterflies and bugs, which were recorded at the recent Knoll Gardens Foundation annual garden wildlife survey. The survey is part of an ongoing programme of research to explore the relationship…

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Massage and dental check for Alf the gorilla

MOST of us dread a visit to the dentist, but for Longleat lowland gorilla Alf the experience was enhanced by some massage to strengthen his shoulder. Alf had to be anaesthetised after keepers at the Wiltshire safari park spotted swelling to his lower jaw. A specialist veterinary dental team was brought in to undertake the…

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