Open day at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre near King’s Lynn
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
A busy Norfolk wildlife hospital is hosting an open day so people can find out more about the work it does.
Staff and volunteers at the RSPCA's East Winch Wildlife Centre, near King's Lynn, will be giving tours of the hospital's x-ray room, pre-op and operating theatres on Sunday, July 23 (10am - 4pm).
Vets and nurses will also be on hand to talk about the work they do at east Winch, while normal seal feeds, swan weighing, orphan bird feeding and baby hedgehog feeding will also be going on throughout the day.
The hospital cares for all kinds of creatures including injured or orphaned seals, swans, wildfowl, hedgehogs and birds of prey, which come from Norfolk and further afield.
Wildlife centre manager Alison Charles said: 'We want to share our passion for wildlife with the public, show them how we care for our patients and why wildlife needs our help.
'They do have to remember we are a working wildlife hospital, not a zoo so many of our animals will hide away from the public on the day.
'But we have a new way of letting them see our patients - eight CCTV cameras are now in areas which the animals may have hidden away in previously, so the public can sit and watch them at their leisure. The cameras were purchased for the centre by the Hunstanton Charity Shop.
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'We ask folks not to bring their dogs with them also - unless they are assistance dogs - as many of our patients will be terrified by them and will have come into care due to being attacked by other animals, including dogs.'
There will be activities for the children on the day, including owl pellet dissection, bird masks to make and a word search to work out by going around the site collecting letters.
There will also be a tombola, craft stall, cake stall, games and competitions, refreshments and a BBQ.
There is also a hedgehog trail which teaches about the hazards that have brought hedgehogs into the hospital throughout the year, and the chance to see staff weighing hedgehogs at the end of the trail.
Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children. People can park on the field behind the wildlife centre for free.
The centre is on Gayton Road, East Winch, near King's Lynn PE32 1LG.