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The British Wildlife Centre

Published February 23rd, 2012

"See over forty different native wild animal species from tiny harvest mice to magnificent

red deer...and everything in between."

A chance to get up close to many animals and birds, some of which are rarely seen in the wild. A great place for photography, with special events on certain days when the centre is not open to the public.

The British Wildlife Centre is located at Newchapel, near Lingfield, Surrey, and has its own comprehensive website giving opening dates etc.

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The Alverstone Mead Squirrels

Published February 22nd, 2012

At Alverstone Mead, on the Isle of Wight, live the elusive red squirrels. Once common throughout England; in southern England, these cheery characters can now only be found on the islands. Visits, in Nov/Dec 2011, enabled me to identify 11 individual squirrels.

From my home base, it takes me at least three and a half hours to reach Alverstone Mead. So far, each visit has been worthwhile. Whilst these are technically 'wild' squirrels, several generations have got used to coming to the wildlife hide, where they know that food will be available. So far, four different squirrels have taken food from my hand, and one is particularly bold; he features in several of my photographs.

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