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NEWS - November 2018

Nigella and Delia turkeys

As the long, dry summer drifted into autumn, we were joined by two more turkeys, beautiful bronze ladies bearing the names of Nigella and Delia. These two very lucky girls were rescued five years ago just before they were due to be collected by a butcher. Two more lives bred to die as part of the season known as "Goodwill to all men", but not to turkeys.

After living the good life for five years circumstances changed, a new safe home was needed for Nigella and Delia and, luckily for them, we were able to find a space.

Like our own turkeys, Matilda and Holly, Nigella and Delia enjoy the occasional spat, there's lots of feather waving and loud high-pitched gobbling which usually ends with one or the other of them stalking away in a huff. Lucky girls, unlike millions of turkeys around the world they will be here, not only to appreciate their freedom on Christmas Day, they'll also be looking forward to many more happy New Years.

bob faces welsh sheep

Bob the naughty badger faced Welsh mountain boy was brought to us before he could cause Sally, his very devoted owner any more problems, and for his own safety.Bob was bought from a farm as a young lamb, shortly before he was due to be sent away for slaughter. He soon began to show his true mischievous side when he began breaking into buildings and eating chicken feed, which eventually made him ill and caused the death of his companion. Another companion sheep, Batty, was found for him and another field was found, shared with an alpaca. Bob decided alpaca chasing was a good sport, once again he was moved, this time into a field which also contained ducks. Despite Sally's best efforts to keep Bob and Batty safe, the owners of the ducks carelessly allowed both sheep to have access to the duck food which eventually caused the death of Batty.Bob is now kept safely away from all feedstuffs, living with a small flock of our well mannered sheep whose only misdemeanours have involved, in the past, a bit of apple scrumping from a neighbours garden.

Eight pretty little hens

Eight pretty little hens were in urgent need of a new home when the owner of land occupied by a Wildlife Charity chose to serve an eviction notice on them. At present they're occupying a stable in our top yard, scratching around in the hay barn during the day, getting familiar with all the elderly sheep in their retirement home.

Jan, Tilda, Rowland and Poppit

Six sheep made the journey down from Cumbria after their owners’ health deteriorated and was unable to give them the care they needed. All of them. Hilda, Holly, Corma and Poppit had been rescued from a farm where neglect and rough treatment of the animals was considered to be normal. Peter and Paul the lambs had been orphaned and left mostly to their own devices, until their rescuer stepped in and bought them.

peter and paul

They're a friendly little bunch, the girls are sharing a paddock with a number of our other rescues, including Goliath the alpaca, and have been joined by Rowland who appears to have fallen in love with all of them. Peter and Paul have joined this years lambs Scruffy and Lily and the rest of their little gang.

with Joanna Lumley

Finally, to show it's not all work and stress and worry, three of us, Beryl, who is one of our longest serving supporters, Josie our Vet and myself set off in style to enjoy an evening with Joanna Lumley.

Joanna was in Birmingham performing her one women show, "It's all about me". It was a brilliant, entertaining, laugh aloud show, Joanna, as always, happy to poke fun at herself.

Afterwards, wearing our VIP lanyards we swanned past a long, long line of excited, envious fans and were ushered into her dressing room to help with the ritual of making sure that no fizz remained in any bottles. Joanna's patronage and close involvement with the ups and downs encountered when running a sanctuary such as ours has been a lifesaver on many occasions, a true friend to our animals.

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