Saturday, 15 June 2019

Keeper Vacancy

A vacancy has arised, arosed?.. become available and so we are currently looking for a new keeper to join our team here at the Centre. Can you train a badger to take a photo?...

Or an owl to tune a guitar?..

Can you master the art of a duel?..

and are you not afraid to work at great heights?..

Do you have the expertise to fill a water bowl with water?..

Do you love nothing more than picking up shi.., er, cleaning up animal droppings no matter the weather?..

Would you be able to survive a day being around this lot?..

If you can answer yes to all the above, or at least the last three things, have a passion for British wildlife, a relevant level 3 animal management/zoology qualification or above and are interested in the position... then head over to our website for more information on the role, and how to apply.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Photo of the Month: May 2019

"Harvest Mouse" by Ben Leslie

Time to share some more photographs taken here at the Centre. As always, click on the link in the photographers names to see more of their pictures.

Lots to choose from this month, and easily could of gone with any number of pictures we've had shared and sent in, but we decided to go for this lovely photograph above of one of our harvest mice taken by Ben Leslie to be our photo of the month.

Ben's picture will be on display in our coffee shop gallery next year, and be in with a chance to win a photographic day here at the Centre too if chosen by our professional judge as our overall winner at the end of the year.

"Herman the Heron" by Karen Jones

"Yawning Adder" by Peter Fox

"Red Fox" by Mya Bambrick

"Pass me the towel would you love?" by Amanda Collins Eade

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Harvest Mice Release

Every year we release some of our harvest mice out on to our nature reserve to help boost the numbers that we have established there. As with most naturally occurring populations, numbers fall over the winter period, and so an influx of new mice each year help to keep a wild population on our reserve in this fairly isolated area.

From the original releases around the boardwalk area, they have spread over the years further in to our reserve and nearly as far as our wild meadows. The last couple of years have shown several nests, including breeding nests, all around the main part of our nature reserve and a favoured area of through the reeds of our wetland area.

This is where we decided to do a further release for our first release this year, in the second part of the main reserve near the wetlands. This will hopefully help support the mice that would of survived the winter, and help with connectivity to the population around the boardwalk. Fingers crossed.

I do on occasion see one around our wetland boardwalk that the public have access too, but they are very difficult to spot. They are very small, and very shy, but keep an eye open and you never know... you may get lucky.