Sun shining for many who flock to Natureland

Yohan looking well.
Yohan looking well.

The glorious summer weather has been enjoyed by all in the town this week and many have taken the opportunity to visit their animal friends at Natureland Seal Sanctuary.

During half term, holidaymakers flocked down to the North Shore sanctuary to see the seals basking in the sunshine, butterflies fluttering in their tropical enclosure and meerkats marauding around.

The trio of warm weekends have also proven popular and Natureland also enjoyed a fabulous sunny bank holiday.

“Natureland has been very busy with visitors over the bank holiday and is looking forward to a good summer,” said a Nicky Yeadon for Natureland this week.

And for the twelfth year running, the sanctuary is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a certificate of excellence.

“We have just been awarded our 2013 Tripadvisior Certificate of Excellence and also our Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme Accreditation by VisitEngland for the twelfth year running,” said the sanctuary’s Richard Yeadon.

“ We are very proud of these achievements.

“It’s great to know that Natureland is still considered to be a top-rate visitor attraction.”

But there’s been no rest for the Natureland staff with rescues and usual upkeep still high in demand during the past few busy weeks.

At the end of May, a grey seal pup was rescued from the beach at Chapel Point. It was fully tangled in rope/net which had caused a ‘nasty’ wound around its neck.

Yohan (Blake) the grey seal pup, is now starting to show signs of improvement, say staff. The net was immediately removed, but left a large gash where it had cut into his neck.

“We cleaned the wound and put Yohan on a course of strong antibiotics to combat any infection and thankfully this has done the trick,” continued Richard.

“The wound is now almost healed and he is feeding well. He is already quite a good weight, so as soon as he has totally recovered we will release him back to the wild.”

There have also been some new arrivals in the tropical house in recent weeks, in the form of tiny quail chicks.

“Our new quail have had some chicks! They are really sweet - they look like and are about the size of bumblebees when they first hatch,” said a spokesperson at the time.

The quail help keep the bug population under control in the tropical house, where the butterflies live and the plants thrive.

Visitors also got the chance to enjoy a Birds of Prey Day at the sanctuary on May 29, when there was a chance for all to have their photo taken with a beautiful owl or hawk.

Staff described it as a unique opportunity and chance to get close to the stunning birds.

A new canvas picture is also for sale of a penguin for just £39.99, with all the profits to go to the seal hospital fund.

Visit Natureland Seal Sanctuary each day from 10am, with last entry at 4.30pm.

Feeding times take place at 11.30am for seals, penguins and the baby seals. It continues at 2pm with the baby seals, and again at 3pm with the seals, penguins and baby seals. Feeding always draws a crowd. For more information visit the website at