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“Over in half an hour”

The Sancuary Wildlife Care Centre
Ranked #10 of 29 things to do in Morpeth
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Over in half an hour”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Visited after buying voucher from Living Social for £6 and have to say i wouldnt have been happy to pay anymore.

It is a small sanctuary and on entering you can see the place in its entirety.

It is a little rundown and I feel the dead chicks which are used to feed the larger birds can be disturbing to young children. There were goats, donkeys, rabbit, fox and an assortment of birds when we visited to see.

On plus side there is a decent play area and picnic benches should you choose to make a day of it, however even with a stint in the park we were done in little over a half hour.

Visited August 2013
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Kim O, Owner at The Sancuary Wildlife Care Centre, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Thank you for your comment on Trip Advisor and yes we totally agree about your comment about " a little run down". However, do bear in mind we are a small charitable organisation that is run by volunteers and have just survived a long recession, appalling wet summers and a horrendous winter. Our priority is to pay for animal feed and vet bills not new toy tractors , play equipment and paint. . But we have survived the recession, all the animals still have a home and we are still here. How many much larger businesses have had to close in the past couple of years ?

Re your comment " wouldn't have paid more" - this is undoubtedly true .You visited The Sanctuary on as cheap an admission ticket as possible for as cheap a day out as possible. Your purpose for the visit was certainly not to support the sanctuary and its work caring for wildlife .

Which leads me to the final point if you had spent an extra pound on a bag of animal feed and bought a cup of tea - your visit would not have been quite so short and your children might have had just a little more time to play in the play area and have some fun.
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Blyth, United Kingdom
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“greattttttttttttttttttttttttttt”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Visited the Sanctuary over the weekend what a great place to visit run by volunteers for the benifit of the animals its great to see Fox,Owls, etc in natural as possible surroundings,plus you get to feed goats and horses which is fun no matter what age you are.We had a full day from lunch time till closing time. Very friendly warm atmosphere around the centre.Customer service was very friendly plenty of info Tea /coffee etc value for money experience. S

Visited August 2013
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“A lovely family day out”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Today was our first visit here and we will definitely be going back. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming as well as chatting to us about the wide range of animals they care for. It has a real family atmosphere for a worthwhile cause. You can even sponsor the animals and birds to help with their upkeep costs to feel you are helping but there is no pressure to do this. As it is a sanctuary we were pleasantly surprised that we could feed the horses and goats as we had not expected this.There are play areas for children to let off steam in between seeing the animals and birds, picnicking and ice creams. Plenty handwashing gels as well as handy toilet facilties .We would highly recommend a visit to this lovely sanctuary.

Visited August 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Rubbish”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Travelled 1 hour to get there and 15 mins to look around only to see horses and donkeys . We could nor feed the animals as they had too much to eat and had bad stomachs . Went back to our local park where the kids had more fun

Visited August 2013
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“Average, questionable appeal for Children.”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Went here with my Girlfriend to as we were attracted by the owl on the sign on the A1. I had mixed thoughts about the place. The first thing to understand is that this is a sanctuary for abandoned/injured animals. This is why I think the appeal to children is questionable. A few of the animal, the foxes for example, are very run down a disheveled which I imagine may disturb young children.

We were initially attracted to the park by the possibility of seeing some owls and possibly some flight displays etc. There are no displays but there were a few owls (Barn, Tawny and Eagle) but because there were no displays, most of these were hidden away in nest boxes. There food is just left on rock, which again may disturb younger children.

They also need to update their payment methods. We paid on card and their "card machine" was some form of carbon copy paper receipting system that as a 20-25yo I have honestly never seen before. Although at £4 for an adult it was fairly priced.

We were warned that there was only two hours until it closed but we left after 45mins as we were bored.

Visited August 2013
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Kim O, Owner at The Sancuary Wildlife Care Centre, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you for your comment and we appreciate the fact that you realise that The Sanctuary a rescue centre and that is our priority - to care for wildlife. With this in mind this is why some of the animals in our care are perhaps not in perfect condition - if they were they would be in the wild. Re the foxes - one is brain damaged and the other has a old injury of a broken jaw - both conditions prevent them grooming themselves as well as they should. They may not be "handsome perfect specimens " but if they were not cared for at The Sanctuary they would probably be dead. If visitors want to see perfect species they should visit a zoo.

Re the owls - again all are rescued and in fact we have 30 barn owls, 15 tawny owls and 3 Eagle owls. The owls are given nest boxes specifically so they can hide from visitors if they choose to.
The welfare of the animals in our care is always our priority and it is a treat if visitors see them.
We do not offer falconry displays as our birds are all rescued, many dumped here and not trained to fly.

Re the dead chicks - the chicks have to be put on rocks etc for the owls to take them. They would not take them from a bowl so we try to create as natural a habitat as possible. We carry out extensive education programmes with schools and in fact the chicks provide an excellent example of the food chain - so far no child or teacher has said they find this offensive or upsetting. In fact many children love the "Yuk!" factor !

As parents ourselves who have run The Sanctuary now for 20 years and have met and worked with literally thousands of children of all ages, and many with special needs, we have absolutely no doubt at all that The Sanctuary offers not only a great place to play and have fun but also a unique and very special outdoor classroom to learn all about our wonderful British wildlife.
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