Animalia

Grant for Ratty at sanctuary

SOUTH Somerset District Council has awarded Ferne Animal Sanctuary a community grant of £950 as part of a £2,950 project to reintroduce water voles – the beloved “Ratty” of Wind in the Willows – to the sanctuary. Water voles are endangered in the United Kingdom and urgent action is needed to ensure the long-term survival…

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Beavers and hippos share Longleat lake

IT is 55 years since Longleat became world famous as the first drive through safari park outside Africa. This year the Wiltshire wildlife park has created an even more unusual record as being the first place in the UK where hippopotamus and beavers are sharing the same habitat in more than 100,000 years. It is believed…

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Chickens befriend emu chick

AN unusual friendship has developed at Longleat where an emu chick which  was rejected by its parents and a flock of farmyard chickens. The two-month old chick is being reared by keepers who have named it Bueno. It is the first to have been successfully reared at the Wiltshire safari park. Keepers initially cared for…

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Summer workshops with Artsreach

ARTSREACH, Dorset’s rural touring charity, has lots of fun, affordable and creative ways to keep children entertained during the summer holidays, with a packed summer programme of workshops and activities, from 28th July to 31st August. Whether it’s circus skills, outdoor exploration, film-making, crafts, storytelling or audio and digital adventures, there is so much to…

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Top dogs on film

DOG-lovers can enjoy an evening of delightful films featuring our best friends and their owners as the Top Dog Film Festival returns, in online form, from 30th April to 3rd May. The new collection of heart-warming films celebrates the incredible bond between dogs and their human companions, at work and play. The line-up includes stories…

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New kids on Longleat’s block

VISITORS returning to Longleat on Monday will have the chance to meet the new kids Meet Longleat’s new kids on the blockon the block – a pair of tiny African pygmy goats called Piglet and Peewee. The enchanting female kids were born at the end of March and are now making themselves at home in…

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Gorillas enjoy spring flowers

THE western lowland gorillas who live on an island in the lake at Longleat are enjoying a floral surprise after keepers created their own version of a host of golden daffodils around their lakeside enclosure. The spring bouquets provided a new experience for the band of male great apes who were clearly intrigued by their…

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Sea Arch supports seahorse charity

DEVON-based alcohol-free spirits company Sea Arch Drinks is working with The Seahorse Trust to help boost awareness of the charity and raise much-needed funds to support its research and conservation work. Both based in Devon, Sea Arch and The Seahorse Trust share a passion for the coast and a commitment to protecting the natural world….

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Luxury retreats with lion views

SIX cottages on the Longleat estate, some dating back to the 18th century, are being converted into rural escapes, with the first three due to be available for bookings from April. The project to transform a collection of cottages on the Longleat Estate into luxury retreats has revealed their fascinating history. As part of the…

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Success for Longleat’s rare tortoise

KEEPERS at Longleat are celebrating the success of their pancake tortoise breeding programme. No fewer than five critically endangered baby pancake tortoises have been born at the safari park in the last year. The eldest of the quintet, Syrup, celebrated his first birthday, appropriately on Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday). He was joined by siblings Banana,…

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