wildlife lovers flock to Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea
than 2,500 visitors from Somerset and beyond enjoyed a wild bank
holiday weekend at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea.
had the chance to get up close to native British species including
harvest mice, hedgehogs and a host of birds from the centres
resident owls to some of the many orphaned baby birds being cared
for in Secret Worlds busy hospital room.
had a brilliant weekend and want to thank everyone who came to
support Secret World as well as the many volunteers who made the
event such a success," said event organiser Jeremy Duxbury.
were keen to learn how they can help birds and other wildlife
where they live. Children made recycled bird feeders from plastic
bottles and built wood piles to help hedgehogs."
highlight was the harvest mouse activity. Youngsters had the chance
to help build a harvest mouse habitat in a tank using natural
materials like moss and reeds, then a group of mice were introduced
and children were delighted to see them exploring their new home."
breed and release harvest mice to try and increase the local population
of these delightful mammals, who are threatened by habitat loss
and changing farming practices."
Tracy Clayton said: "I spent an amazing day here today, thoroughly
enjoyed the talks, loved the animals and the staff and volunteers
were all so helpful and friendly. I particularly liked the hedgehog
talk and have been inspired to make hedgehog dens and wildlife
havens in my garden. Thank you so much everyone!"
Geoff Cox added: "Had a fab day at Beaks and Squeaks doing
pond dipping, duck rescue, making a bird feeder and a clay harvest
mouse, finished with cake, face painting and tombola!"
charitys next open weekend is The Secret World of Hedgehogs
from 22nd to 24th October.
the mean time there are other events to enjoy including the first
ever music festival at Secret World, Music in the Meadow on 10th
September, with exciting acts to be announced!
26th June wildlife fans can enjoy an evening of Animal Magic in
aid of Secret World, with photographer Richard Austin at the Princess
Theatre in Burnham. Tickets are available from the theatres
above: A ducking at the event (Carl Bovis), Shadow the barn owl
with volunteer Laura Bloxham (Carl Bovis); and Erin Robinson builds
a harvest mouse habitat with animal carer Sam A'Court (Sylwia
Sam Thompson meets a harvest mouse with animal carer Sarah Tingvoll
and Evie Fielding make clay mice during the open days (Sylwia
and Gabriella Day with their wildlife drawings at the Secret World
Wildlife Rescue event (Sylwia Cholody)
of the hedgehogs at the weekend's Secret World event (Sylwia Cholody)
Sweet from Cheddar with his badger drawing at the event