The Donkey Sanctuary is home to large numbers of rescued or unwanted animals and is a hidden haven for wildlife. A series of walks and talks at the Sanctuary’s headquarters near Sidmouth this summer holiday provide the perfect opportunity to find out more.
The charity’s headquarters has donkeys at heart, but the area is also home to a wonderful diversity of wildlife. As part of a brand new series of ‘Wild Walks’ at the Sanctuary this summer, visitors are invited to discover the wildlife habitats of:
• Bees and butterflies – 26th July, 2-4pm
• Reptiles – 9th August, 9 – 10:30am
• Birds in the Weston Valley – 23rd August, 11am – 1:30pm
The Donkey Sanctuary’s wildlife expert, James Chubb, says:
“Over the coming years we are going to explore further ways in which we can combine donkey welfare with improving and protecting habitats for wildlife. The weather so far this year has been unkind to many species of wildlife, and has affected butterflies particularly badly. However, with the weather improving just in time for the holiday period, this might be the time at which butterfly numbers finally explode, and our first ‘Wild Walk’ provides the perfect opportunity to discover them. Those taking part will also find out how to help the bees and butterflies in their garden whose recovery will be dependent on better weather next year.”
Throughout July, August and September there are also a series of regular walks and talks which cover the work of The Donkey Sanctuary, its residents, and explain how the charity grew into the international operation that it is today:
• Heart of the Sanctuary tours: meet the resident donkeys and find out about the Sanctuary’s international work – Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 11am – 12 noon
• Work of The Donkey Sanctuary talks: chat to the donkey trainers for an inside view of the charity’s work – Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30pm
• Meet the Gentle Giants tours: be introduced to the Poitous, a large hairy breed of donkey originally from France – Fridays, 2:30 – 3:30pm
As well as providing the perfect excuse to discover the great outdoors, donations from these events will help to fund the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is open 365 days a year with free admission and parking, and visitors are always welcome to come along to meet the resident donkeys and find out more about the charity.
For further event details, please call 01395 573156 or visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/visit. All proceeds from events help fund the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary.
For an interview, further information or images, please contact The Donkey Sanctuary press office on 01395 573097/573014, mobile 07970 927778 or via email.
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