Monday, 6 January 2020

Photo of the Month: December 2019

"Eagle owl" by Dawn Cansfield

Our last photo of the month for 2019, and we end the year as we started... with an owl photograph! This beautiful portrait of Ethel, the eagle owl, was taken by Dawn Cansfield and chosen to be our photo of the month for December 2019.

Dawn's photo will be in our coffee shop gallery this year, and will be in with a chance to win a photo day here at the Centre if chosen later this month by a professional judge.

As always, more photos shared below... this time all of our otters, maybe unsurprisingly with many people keeping an eye out there for our young cubs to be brought out. Click on the photographers name to see more photographs taken by them, including many more from around the Centre.

"Otters" by hisdream (Lillian)

"Otter cubs" by Sue Cro

"Chilling out" by Adrian Coleman

"Otter" by Barry Doolan

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Merry Christmas!

A very happy Christmas to you all, and best wishes for this holiday season and the new year.

No snow this Christmas for us, but rain... lots and lots of rain! I've never known it so flooded here, but the animals are safe and we are coping.

Don't forget we are open for ten days from the 27th of December, so if you need an excuse to walk of your Christmas dinner, escape the family for an afternoon, or just want to come and see if you can spot our new otter cubs have their swimming lessons, then please do come and see us and say hello.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Otter Cubs

Well, we've been keeping this one a little quiet as always, but with some people suspecting the news with the less frequent sightings of Emmy, and then some photographs showing them being moved by mum, I guess it's time to announce we have some otter cubs!

Otters do not have a set breeding season, and can give birth anytime of year, but our mature female Emmy seems to always pop them out in Autumn. This year is no different, and the last weekend of the October half term she gave birth to two cubs.

We have been keeping a close ear on the holt to make sure they are alright, and then last week at four weeks old, it was time to sex them, microchip them and give them a closer look over with our vet to make sure they are healthy and happy.

As with last year, we have one male and one female, still tucked up with mum... but she will occasionally move them from holt to holt so keep your eyes open. If you don;t see them, you will certainly hear them at certain times of the day when they are calling out for feeding.

Emmy always seems to time her litters well, and once again this later year birth means they will most likely be having their swimming lessons and more frequent sightings around Christmas and the new year... just when we are open to the public for a week, well done Emmy!