Thursday, 2 October 2014

A day at the British Wildlife Centre

Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris
On September 6th I met Nigel Symington at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey. This zoo has a wonderful collection of British mammals, birds and other creatures. We started  by walking through the Red Squirrel enclosure and followed the half hourly feeding events through the day. Knowledgeable keepers give a talk about the mammal then feed them. At the end of the day they flew five owls in an arena. We stayed all day and I took so many photos that I have only just finished editing them. I shall return!
huge sculpture at the entrance
Badger, Meles meles

Barn Owl, Tyto alba 
Barn Owl with Meg

Barn Owl with Meg
Buzzard, Buteo buteo
European Eagle Owl, Bubo bubo

Fallow Deer, Dama dama

Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
Long-eared Owl, Asio otus

Long-eared Owl with Izzy

female Muntjac Deer, Muntiacus reevesi
male Muntjac Deer, Muntiacus reevesi
Otter, Lutra lutra

Peregrine, Falco peregrinus
Pine Marten, Martes martes

Polecat, Mustela putorius

Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris

the black coats are from the Continental gene pool

Scottish Wildcat, Felis silvestris grampia

Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl with Meg

Stoat, Mustela erminea

Tawny Owl, Strix aluco with Izzy

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