Monday, 24 December 2018

Happy Christmas!

A little blog post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! and to remind you that we are open for a few days over the next couple of weeks. From Thursday the 27th we will be open through till the following Wednesday, the 2nd of January, for our Christmas opening. So if you need to escape the family, or need somewhere to go to walk of all the extra food, keep us in mind.

The last few weeks here have been very busy for us. We use the slightly quieter weeks either side of Christmas to do the more larger cleans and tidying up while visitors are not around, unfortunately (or fortunately from another perspective) these quieter weeks are getting less each year and so more needs to be done in a shorter space of time. I think we are getting there though.

While all this has been going on, there have been a few animal changes which you will notice when you are next in... if not already. Our otter cubs are now just beginning to come out. I have not had a camera with me when I have seen them, so the photos above are of older litters, but that is the size of them roughly now. A few members have got some great photos on flickr and instagram though if you want to tray and see some.

These cubs will be getting bolder by the day, and so next weeks opening should be a great time to come and try to see them.

You will also be able to see all our badger together now too! We introduced the cubs to our two older badgers about a month a go now, and thongs are beginning to settle down. They rarely venture out this time of year but you can see them clearly in the inside set. The extended outside area where the cubs were has been closed off, and will be renovated in the new year to be more suitable for the whole clan to explore.

So, once again, a very merry Christmas to you all, and hope to see some of you next year!

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Photo of the Month: November 2018

"Snarling Wildcat" by Brett Watson

Wildcats seems to be the theme of the past month going by the photographs we have seen. Many more wildcat photos than usual have been shared, maybe due to them looking more "wild" in their thicker winter coats. Of those shared we went with this one above by Brett Watson for November's photo. You will be able to see this photo in our coffee shop gallery next year. 

Keep scrolling to see a few more wildcat images, and some lovely atmospheric photos taken on a photographic day here a coupe of months ago. As always, click on the name of the photographer to see more of their photos.

"Scottish Wildcat" by Duncan Penfold

"Braveheart" by Andy Mulhearn

"Red Fox" by Jason Ward

"Little Owl" by Jason Ward