Last chance this year to go wild

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 August 2014

Deniis and Daphne

Deniis and Daphne

Phil Macmillan

THIS weekend, members of the public are being offered a last chance this year to take a peek behind the doors of a Somerset wildlife charity.

Mia the resident foxMia the resident fox

Secret World Wildlife rescue centre in East Huntspill is hosting its last open weekend of 2014 this bank holiday, offering visitors a rare glimpse into the life of nature’s hunters.

During the event, the charity’s foxes, birds of prey, bats and other predators will be on display.

There will be half-hourly talks taking place each day so people can find out more about the different creatures cared for at the centre.

Workshops being held at the event will include tutorials on how to feed foxes, ferret racing and meeting some of the resident animals.

Visitors of all ages who have a love of all things animal are encouraged to bring in feathers, eggs and other things they have found for on-site experts to identify.

Entry to the event is free but donations will be welcomed, especially tins of kitten food to help feed Secret World’s growing family of orphaned hedgehogs, foxes and badgers who get through more than 100 tins a day.

Charity founder Pauline Kidner said: “It has been another record-breaking summer with more than 3,000 animals admitted this year so far.

“We are hoping visitors will come and see the work that is carried out at our centre for the last time this year as we will not re-open until spring 2015.”

The charity will open its doors on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am-4pm each day.

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