Our Resort

Discover Feadon Farm

Inspiring
and captivating, Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre is home to
a whole host of fascinating animals. Run by a dedicated team of staff, full of
enthusiasm about passing their knowledge onto visitors, Feadon Farm was created
to connect people with the nature that surrounds them. 
Welcoming
visitors from all over the world, the centre focuses on British wildlife and
conservation through ranger-led guided experiences where children and adults
can get close –up and hands on with a range of animals.

The centre features a whole host of British native species
including grass snakes, adders, slow worms, toads, harvest mice, all three
species of British vole, red foxes, stoats, barn owls, snowy owl, eagle owl and
a rescued Buzzard. Activities are created for visitors to interact and relate
to the animals in the most memorable and extraordinary of ways, whether that is
hand feeding and stroking a fox, flying a Barn owl, observing wild badgers or
exploring nocturnal animals on a night walk.

Headed up by
Gary Zammit, the non-profit Feadon Farm was started in 2007 when the former
Duchy College site was sold to Bill Haslam who had plans to create Gwel an Mor
with the farm to be an integral part of the resort’s future. The concept of the
farm was a dream of Gary’s, who after working as a keeper in a zoo in France,
was frustrated with people’s lack interest in their native wildlife. Years
later while working for the Duchy College in Portreath, he saw the opportunity
to convert the site to a British wildlife centre, concentrating on education
and conservation.   

 “The animals allow us to connect with our
visitors in a much more profound way and our belief is that if you want people
to care about our wildlife, then they need to develop an emotional attachment
with it and we sincerely believe we do that here” Commented Gary Zammit,
Manager and lead ranger at Feadon Farm. “Our staff are all passionate about our
animals and wildlife in general and that shines through in all we do. We have
three full time employed staff – myself, Kirstie and Andrew – and an amazing
group of volunteers and work experience students”

The team’s work
at Feadon Farm is not about cuddling animals all day as there is a huge amount
of work to be done in caring for the animals, the educational side of the farm,
managing the conservation onsite along with responding to urgent calls on
people who need advice on wildlife – such as there is a badger in my shed, what
should I do? Leading the farm’s activities with visitors and guests is also a
big part of the job , where people are introduced to the resident reindeer,
foxes, barn owl and much more.

“My job, for
anyone who knows me, will know it’s not work – this really is my life. I get to
talk to people about wildlife and I also get to interact with the animals a lot
as I lead the activities. Today I am sitting in the sunshine, writing this
article whilst there are swallows flying overhead, a song thrush singing in the
woods and I have a rescued fox cub on my lap – so I am in my element” said Gary
Zammit.

To book a visit to Feadon Farm please call 01209 842354. Wildlife activities are £8 for kids and £13 for adults. Click here to find out more

What to look for in May

May is the
best time to listen out for bird song.
There are lots of
guided sessions or you can head out on your own but a dawn chorus walk should
be on everyone’s bucket list –
 you will
be amazed that we have a wildlife spectacle like this in the UK which most of
us will never see it.

May is also
a great time to see Badger cubs as they will be nearly four months old and
becoming more adventurous. At the farm our night time Badger Watches are
becoming really popular as they are an amazing creature that most people only
see dead on the roadside. The highlight for these experiences is when the badgers
lick peanut butter off the window while visitors watch from the other side of
the one way glass as little as a foot away.

Posted on