World Wildlife rescue centre to open daily to visitors from August
wildlife charity near Burnham-On-Sea is welcoming daily visitors
this summer, for the first time in over fifteen years.
World in East Huntspill takes in over 5,000 injured and orphaned
wild animals each year, from deer to dunnocks to dormice.
the centre used to be open to the public every day, in recent
years it has only been open for visitors on a few special weekends
from August 1st and throughout the summer, Secret World will be
welcoming visitors daily from 10am to 4pm.
can see the resident sleepy badgers Betsy and Luna in their sett,
and discover how BBCs The Burrowers was filmed
at Secret World with wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham.
will also be the chance to see foxes Mia, April and Megan, as
well as Polly the red deer and the Secret World birds of prey.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays you might be lucky enough to see the
barn owls, tawny owls, eagle owls and kestrel out and about as
their handlers give the birds their weekly health checks and walk
them around the site.
Benfield, Head of Animal Care, said: "Our resident animals
live at Secret World as they were sadly too tame to be released.
They now play an important role in helping visitors understand
more about our fascinating native wildlife and what we can all
do to help."
core mission however is to get wildlife casualties fit, healthy
and back where they belong wherever possible. So, as well as seeing
our resident foxes, badgers and deer, visitors can discover more
about our work to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured and
orphaned wildlife through displays, videos and a peek through
the window of our orphan-rearing room. At this time of year you
might be lucky enough to see a baby bat, swift, rabbit or squirrel
being hand-fed by their carer"
delightful harvest mice will be on display and you can find out
more about our project to increase the wild population of Britains
smallest rodent whose numbers are sadly in decline."
rely on our fabulous team of volunteers to rescue and care for
the animals, and we are enormously grateful to our volunteers
for helping to prepare the site for visitors and to be on hand
to welcome people when we open the gates. We are always looking
for more volunteers so please come and talk to us about how you
is free but we hope that visitors will want to make a donation
as we rely on the generosity of the public to help all the animals
who need us. For example, visitors can discover how were
helping orphaned otters. These beautiful mammals take a long time
to rehabilitate and need fresh fish daily so we are always in
need of funds to support them."
Wednesday during August there will also be the chance to experience
Nick Wadhams Wild and Deadly Show. Nicks LIVE nature
show will be at Secret World on 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 August. In
between performances there will be the chance to handle many of
the insects and reptiles featured. Wild and Deadly Wednesdays
cost just £4 per adult and £2 per child.
thats not enough, theres the Secret Word Summer Party
on 29 August a bank holiday family fun day, and Music in
the Meadow on 10 September with legendary rockers Steve Harley
and Cockney Rebel, punk icon Toyah Willcox and a host of local
bands. Visit www.secretworld.org to find all of these opportunities
to visit and support Secret World.