ON LOOOK­OUTT FOR A HOOT...

There’s an­i­mal magic hap­pen­ing all over the county this week­end, whether it’s the woolly, furry or feathered kind. An­gela Cole pulls her wellies on to head out and meet some of them

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - Days Out -

Re­lax – there are only happy end­ings at this an­i­mal res­cue charity. Faver­sham-based Happy End­ings Res­cue pro­vides sanc­tu­ary for some 300 an­i­mals in its 60 acres of green land.

The an­i­mals are un­wanted or have been ill treated and come in all shapes and sizes from big, hairy pigs to goats, and lla­mas Ti­tan, Moon­struck and Bar­ney; Betty the owl, Mr Pea­cock and a plethora of guinea pigs, cats, dogs and other small and furry an­i­mals. Many are be­ing pre­pared for new, per­ma­nent homes, while oth­ers will live out their days there.

The charity holds its spring open day this week­end, when there will be the chance to meet the an­i­mals, along­side lots of other ac­tiv­i­ties. There will be coun­try mar­ket stalls, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, coun­try traders and a pros­ecco bar providing some fizz.

Live mu­sic on the farm stage through the af­ter­noon will come from Can­ter­bury-based Stel­lar Talk, The Lat­ter and Whit­stable singer Daisy Tickel.

The open day is on Sun­day, April 15, from 12.30pm. There is free park­ing and en­try costs £5, with chil­dren go­ing free. All money raised goes to sup­port­ing the care of the an­i­mals.

Find Happy End­ings at Hill­side, Well Lane, Ospringe, Faver­sham, ME13 0SD, call 01795 530371 or visit hap­pyend­ingsres­cue.org

GOAT SANC­TU­ARY

But­ter­cups Goat Sanc­tu­ary was set up by Robert Hitch in 1989 and now takes in goatst suf­fer­ingffi ffrom cru­elty,lt ne­glect and star­va­tion, or sim­ply aban­doned by the road­side. It re­ceived charity sta­tus in 2003 its an­cient park­land set­ting now pro­vides a safe home to dozens of the an­i­mals. The sanc­tu­ary only opened on se­lect week­ends through the year un­til re­cently, but is now open fre­quently in the sum­mer months be­tween 11am and 3pm.

There is a new tea area where you can view the an­i­mals and buy crack­ers to tempt them with.

Find the sanc­tu­ary off the beaten track at Wier­ton Road, Boughton Monchelsea, ME17 4JU, visit but­ter­cups.org.uk or call 01622 746420

BITTERN BREAK­FAST

If you’re up with the lark, here’s a Satur­day morn­ing break­fast with a dif­fer­ent.

Head to the RSPB re­serve at Dun­geness at 7am on Satur­day, April 14 and join the morn­ing sun­rise walk. Lis­ten out for the dis­tinc­tive call of boom­ing bit­tens echo­ing from the reedbeds - and round off the morn­ing’s ac­tiv­ity with a cooked break­fast.

The three-hour event costs £20 and £10 for chil­dren, and is be­ing held on Satur­days un­til Satur­day, April 28.

You need to book.

Call 01797 699047 or visit www.rspb.org.uk

LAMB­ING

Maid­stone’s New Linne Learn­ing Academy’s an­nual laamb­ing week­end at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors over its two days ev­ery year.

Vis­i­tors can see somee of the new spring ar­rivals at the ss­chool farm, and get up close and per­sonal to them. The school un­veiled its new farm fa­cil­i­ties in 2016, wherre an­i­mals in­clud­ing lambs, goatss, and cat­tle live along­side each other, tended by pupils and the school farm teea. There will also be lots of other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing stalls, a bar­be­cue andd re­fresh­ments. The week­end will be oon Satur­day, April 14 and Sun­day, April 15, be­tween 11am and 4pm. Preg­gnant women are asked not to aat­tend and dogs arre not al­lowed. En­trry is £2 and £1 for chil­drenn.

This week­end is the last chance to see the lambs sprin­ng­ing into ac­tion at Broadlees Farm in Sswingate, near Dover.

It has been hold­ing itss pop­u­lar an­nual lamb­ing open days through­out Easter dur­ing the lamb­ing sea­son, and they run un­til Sun­day, April 15.

The farm is not usu­ally open to the pub­lic, but opens its gates ev­ery year to let vis­i­tors see how the farm works dur­ing the busy time.

Vis­i­tors may even get to hold a lamb and, if you time it right, you could even be lucky enough to see one be­ing born.

Farm man­agers sup­port the NSPCC with the event, which is open from 1pm to

4pm daily.

There’s no need to book. En­try is £5, with £4 for chil­dren.

Details at broadlees farm.com.

The farm is at

Deal Road,

Swingate

CT15 5DL.

Some of the an­i­mals at the Happy End­ings Res­cue anim mal sanc­tu­ary

Alice Ed­monds with a lamb and right, Scarlett Hay­ward, six, with a rabbit at the lamb­ing week­end

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