WE will be holding an open day and celebration of our first year tomorrow (Saturday, April 2)
WE will be holding an open day and celebration of our first year tomorrow (Saturday, April 2) at St Barnabas’s Church Hall in Emmer Green from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
There will be displays on the most up-to-date information in tortoise care, fun activities and presentations. Members will be displaying some of their tortoises and explaining how to care for them.
Helen O’Brien will bring her leopard tortoises (pardalis babcocki), a species that is still unusual in England and needing a very special environment. They do not hibernate.
Lorna Woodman will be bringing along her spur thighs, Bert, who is about 40, and eight-month-olds Marley and Quinn. They make for quite an interesting comparison size-wise!
It has been a great year. Berkshire has needed a club like this. The members are all very friendly and our family is looking forward to being part of it for many years to come.
Featured speakers this year include Dr Bruce McLean, a specialist at the Bird & Exotic Animal Veterinary Service and the author of HerpVet information sheets. His topic will be “Monitoring tortoise health through the year”.
The club is very lucky to have the continued encouragement from a leading expert in tortoise welfare. Club chairman Oliver Staines will also speak, assisted by committee member Mark Hamilton. Their topic will be “A new keeper’s guide to caring for Mediterranean Â tortoises”.
Entry is £2 per family (half price for members), or free if you bring this article with you. For more information, call Oliver Staines on 07969 591360.