1,500 visitors flock to Secret World for charity's open weekend
1,500 visitors discovered the 'secret world' of bats, hedgehogs
and harvest mice at a local wildlife rescue centres open
Bats and Bobs weekend held last weekend delighted visitors of
all ages at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea.
bit of rain on Saturday didnt deter over 500 people from
coming through the gate, and on Sunday the sunnier weather brought
in over 1,000 more visitors to enjoy wildlife talks and activities
at the charity in East Huntspill.
and ecologist Hugh Warwick, right, entertained a packed
audience on Sunday with a talk on hedgehogs.
encouraged visitors to create hedgehog corridors between our gardens
to help these much-loved mammals whose numbers are sadly in decline.
met different species of bat, with talks throughout the weekend
from North Devon Bat Care and Avon Bat Care. The centres
harvest mice were also a popular attraction.
had the chance to help create a natural harvest mouse habitat,
and hundreds of youngsters also made clay mice, spider conkers
and wildlife badges.
Jeremy Duxbury told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is the first
time for many years that we have held an open weekend at this
time of year, and we were both surprised and delighted at the
large number of people who took the opportunity to visit us."
people in the Burnham-On-Sea area who would like to get more involved
in the work of Secret World Wildlife Rescue can get in touch.
centre is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to
help care for rescued wildlife as well as volunteer rescue drivers,
reception staff, maintenance and fundraisers.
centre will be holding several volunteer recruitment days on Saturday
14th November and Sunday 6th December where visitors can experience
first-hand the work of a Secret World volunteer. Contact Secret
World to sign up on 01278 783 250.
coming up is the charity's Haunted Castle Auction and Ball on
Saturday 28th November at the Webbington Hotel in Loxton in aid
of Secret World. Tickets can be booked on the chartity's website.