A trip to Totnes Rare Breeds Farm was great fun a few weeks ago. I think we were the only couple without children, but still joined in all the fun. The children absolutely loved the animals, the pygmy goats and kids are so gentle and well behaved it seemed a popular enclosure.
Above is a Little Owl, he's very friendly and you are allowed to stroke him, in fact he sits away from his perch on the fence to be part of the action.
A Brown Wood Owl looking quite sleepy
Great Grey Owl, what a beautiful bird looking straight at me.
Not too keen on these types of animals in captivity, but they are very well looked after, have a huge aviary and are kept away from the main part of the farm in a quiet environment.
They have all been either born in captivity, injured or rescued from unpleasant circumstances.
The Farm works very hard to create a lovely environment, it's only small but has gathered together lots of interesting machinery for the children to see. It's a non-profit making organisation with lots of volunteers.
The Angora Goats are gorgeous in looks and temperament. They love a good scratch behind the ears.
Many of the animals have been rescued or handed in, like one of the owls who was kept in a cupboard before being given to the farm and a limping chicken who was attacked by a dog.
All of the animals are in clean environments appropriate to their needs as far as I could see. They get plenty of attention too from staff and visitors.
I love the Ring Necked Teal Ducks enclosure below, which was just about to get a clean.
You can get a ticket to visit three attractions, the South Devon Steam Railway (another post will be on its way), this farm and Buckfast Butterfly Farm (which we didn't have time to visit).
Well worth a visit if you're in the area, especially with young children, or if you fancy a ride on a steam train to see butterflies....can't really ask for more!
For all of you with children and grandchildren who may be interested in science and bugs (not creepy crawlies this time), take a look at this great resource from the www.e-bug.eu website, The Microbe Science Show
Still missing the sea and Brixham, but there are so many lovely things to do near to where we are renting at the moment, and let's face it renting is quite boring, but relaxing, so we go out as much as possible.
Until next time