November update: Holly and the Ivy

November update: Holly and the Ivy

Both of these plants that we connect to Christmas are very much valued by wildlife, although we tend to use them for decoration. The common European holly is often considered by Christians to be an emblem of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus with the berries...
October update: Spines and Stripes

October update: Spines and Stripes

Spines and Stripes It is definitely hedgehog season with lots of baby hedgehogs filling our orphan room. As we get to Autumn, adult hedgehogs that have had late litters sometimes decide to desert their babies. It is more important for the mother to find enough food to...
Renovating our Otter Enclosure appeal

Renovating our Otter Enclosure appeal

In 2007 three tiny otter cubs, Splish, Splash and Splosh, arrived at Secret World on January 1st. With your help we were able to build a new otter pen with a large otter pond which has now been used for many otter cubs over the last 15 years. This enclosure now needs...
September update: The smallest baby

September update: The smallest baby

The autumn fruits and berries are welcome to all the animals hoping to put on weight or makes stores ready for the winter. With such a hot summer many trees and shrubs will not be bearing such large quantities as normal, so any food that we can supplement in our...
July update: A rescue that was a ‘trifle’ exciting!

July update: A rescue that was a ‘trifle’ exciting!

A call to Secret World Wildlife Rescue at East Huntspill over the weekend was received from a local firm that makes desserts. A greedy herring gull was attracted to a container of waste jam and custard and managed to dive in before the lid was closed. A member of our...
June update: Ravens at Secret World (Corvus corax)

June update: Ravens at Secret World (Corvus corax)

We rarely get Ravens at Secret World but this year we have four juveniles. They are members of the corvid family but are much larger than their cousins. Ravens are incredibly intelligent and are on par with chimpanzees and dolphins. Capable of solving problems to...