We are massive animal lovers and can never turn away an animal in need. Due to this we have both rescued and rehomed a large number of animals over the COVID-19 period .
The last 18 months have been hard times for many people and this is why we have rehomed many of these animals. We have the funds to provide everyday husbandry but they require enclosures that provide their ideal environment and enrich their lives. Building large, long lasting, safe enclosures isn't cheap and saving up the money is going to take quite some time which is why we're asking for your help!
We already have the ideal space for the enclosures to be built as we run a rural public house with a large piece of land. We don't expect to get something for nothing so we plan to make this project something for the community.
A number of the animals that we have rescued are species that are native to the British Isles. We currently have a flock of mallard ducks, two little owls, a barn owl and a red fox cub. Alongside the enclosures we will use the available land to create habitats for native insect species, particularly those currently at risk. This will include wide flower patches for pollinators and log piles for stag beetles.
We therefore propose to create a British wildlife conservation project. Members of the public will be able to view these animals up close and learn about the importance of protecting and conserving our national wildlife. This is of particular importance in a rural community where they are likely to encounter these animals in their everyday lives.
We will be reaching out to educational institutions within the local area to encourage them to bring students to see these animals and learn about the ways in which they can help protect our native species' themselves.
We believe this project could also draw more visitors to the village of Alfold and hopefully support other local, small businesses. As well as this we will be looking to employ youngsters from the local area to support in the husbandry of the animals, this will provide important employment opportunities to the community with invaluable work-experience for any of those looking to go into careers in animal care and husbandry.
Heading up this project is the landlord of the pub and co-owner of the animals, Simon Day. Simon has had a life-long love of nature and wildlife. As a child he led a project to build a nesting island for waterfowl on Ham common and won an award from the local council. Since then he has become a FGASA qualified safari guide in South Africa, studied agriculture & wildlife studies and Zoology at degree level. Simon will be over-seeing the construction of the enclosures and the ongoing husbandry of all the animals in our care. He will also provide talks on the animals and supervise animal encounter sessions.
As COVID restrictions are now starting to lift we really hope to start movement on this project as soon as possible and really need your help to achieve that. So we ask all the animal lovers, conservationists, members of the local community, friends, family and anyone else who can, please donate as much as you can towards this great cause!! Of course all those that donate will be invited to the launch event!!
Thank you in advance,
The Teams at the Three Compasses, Alfold and The Blenheim, Epsom