Our animals and other creatures
FRIDAY, JUNE 3: Dog Show at Nailsea Social Club at Chapel Barton. Along with garden games, skittles, membership stand and band The Twice Dailies more details on What's On page HERE
Bristol Zoo to close in September 2022
Bristol Zoo is closing on Saturday, September 3, this year.
The 12-acre site is to be sold for housing.
Money from the sale will help pay for a new Bristol Zoo being built at the Wild Place Project and opening in 2024.
The new zoo will have conservation, education and sustainability at its heart.
But this is not the end of the story for the famous 186-year-old site at Clifton.
After Bristol Zoo Gardens closes the gardens will be open to the public free of charge for the first time in their history.
There will also be a children’s play area and the theatre building on the main lawn retained for cultural and education talks, workshops and seasonal events.
Much-loved buildings such as the Monkey Temple will also remain.
The zoo is planning a series of special celebration events ahead of its closure.
They will include days when visitors will be able to share their memories of the Zoo and wander around its award-winning grounds.
Bristol Zoological Society chief executive Dr Justin Morris said: “Bristol Zoo Gardens is a special place for so many people and we want to give them a chance to come, to see our animals and the gardens and to talk about their memories.”
The dates for the special events this summer, will be revealed in the coming weeks on the Bristol Zoo Gardens website.
The iconic zoo entrance will become the Clifton Conservation Hub with a public cafe and exhibition space.
It will also become the home of the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project.
Dr Morris said: “This is our legacy.
"Our way of guaranteeing that people throughout the Bristol area will still be able to enjoy the gardens for generations to come.
“They will remain an important destination for people to visit and enjoy.”
Students will also continue to attend lectures at Bristol Zoo Gardens’ Conservation Education Centre until teaching moves to the new Bristol Zoo.
The new Bristol Zoo will have conservation, education and sustainability at its heart.
Throughout that time Wild Place Project, near junction 17 of the M5 Motorway, will continue to welcome visitors as usual.
Since Bristol Zoo Gardens first opened its gates to the public in 1836 it has welcomed more than 90 million visitors and helped to save around 175 species from extinction through its conservation work in the UK and across the world.
In 2021, more than one million people took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Why not join in and be one in a million for 2022?
We’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the past 50 years, so it really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife.
Taking part is as easy as 1,2,3
1. Watch the birds around you for one hour;
2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch; and
3. Go online and tell us what you saw
For more information click HERE.
ANIMAL MATTERS: Aaron Pets, at 21 Station Road, Nailsea, is changing its opening hours from Monday, February 1. The store which operates an in-store, collection and delivery service will now open: Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. On Christmas Eve 2021 it announced it was closing its branch at High Street, Portishead. For further information call 01275 852030 or go to https://www.aaronspets.co.uk/.
We don’t want to be alarmist but fears dognappers are active in Nailsea have been raised by a worried pet owner.
A person was walking their dogs in the West End area on Tuesday, February 24, when a suspicious vehicle tailed them.
The red mini slowed down, the occupants looked at them then turned around and sped off.
But within moments the car with foreign registration plates returned this time from a different direction and followed the dog walker and their animals towards Watery Lane.
The incident has been reported to police.
Dognapper Nailsea warning
Dos and don'ts of duck feeding
Two people were seen taking a sign down from a post at Backwell lake which read ‘Don’t feed the birds with bread’.
They put the sign in a rubbish bin and proceeded to feed the birds with half a bag of bread, according to an alarmed bystander.
Opinion was divided and a malstrom followed when this post was put on Nailsea People Facebook page.
Experts say: ‘Although ducks and swans can digest all types of bread, too much can leave them feeling full without giving them all of the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need’.
But other 'experts' disagreed and cited starving swans and dying ducks.
Aaron Pets in Station Road, Nailsea, sell food for wildfowl.
More than 5,000 people click onto the debate on FB.
Here is a selection of comments posted:
Sammie MacDonald: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said it was fine to feed small amounts of bread to ducks but people should also feed them sweetcorn, porridge oats, peas and bird seed...adding 'although bread isn't harmful, our advice is to only feed small amounts to birds'.
James Wright: I think you’ll find it’s similar to when The Hedgehog Society advised that it was good to give hedgehogs mealworms, it’s not it causes a calcium deficiency.
Aarons Pets Ltd: Thankyou for mentioning us. We do indeed sell food for ducks, swans and all birds at the lake.
Katie Ridley: The sign I saw the other week isn’t even a proper sign, it will be someone who doesn’t like animals.
Jodi Irwin: I took oats peas and broken biscuits and dog biscuits sweetcorn and bread with butter on...there was so many many swans and cygnets and geese asking for food we couldnt keep up.
Emily-Jane Tranter: Get a grip! People have been feeding birds bread for years, its fine.
Kim Ridley: It was me that took the sign down. It was just a sign some one made. I took it down because I fought if people seen it they wouldn’t feed the ducks and they would get hungry. There saying it’s okay to feed the ducks bread now I’ve been feeding them for nearly three years now and they’ve had babies every year there fine.
Dawn Bond: Bread does not contain the necessary protein and fat birds need from their diet, and so it can act as an empty filler. Although bread isn't harmful to birds, try not to offer it in large quantities, since its nutritional value is relatively low.
Anna Reynolds: People were told a while ago that it had been a mistake to tell them not to feed them bread as ducks and swans were starving because people stopped feeding them!
Nicky Cooksey: And many wild birds are starving to death because people have stopped feeding them bread!
Jo Thyer: I tried feeding them oats once as recommended and they left it and they went straight for the bread!
James Wright: Similar to what a child would do if offered vegetables or sweets, obviously the veg is the healthier choice. They throughly enjoyed sweetcorn and peas today, as well as the floating swan and duck food when I gave it to them and enjoyed it every other time.
Kayla Caddoo-Frost: We went on Friday and were shocked at how many were feeding bread. We took oats/corn/ rice but there are lots of swans there with babies so be aware as they aren’t always happy.
Cara Paterson: When i went to the lake the other day to feed the ducks with a couple of slices of left over bread one of the non official signs was at the bottom of the lake - I doubt that disintegrating plastic is doing them much good either.
Anne Williams: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have now weighed in, saying bread isn’t harmful to ducks, but that birds should consume it in moderation, and it should form part of a balanced diet.
Kate Haim Downie: The ducks have been fed bread for years I will continue to feed them it if there is no we're near to buy the feed.
Sarah Spencer: Official Statement On Bread from the Queen's Swan Marker - The Swan Sanctuary HERE.
POO PATCH: Dog bins at Greenfield Crescent this week. Photo Pam Blower
CAT MISSING: Poppy is newly arrived in Nailsea. One potential sighting - see Nailsea People Facebook page
NEW TO TOWN: Nailsea's ninth charity shop opens on Friday, November 22 in the shop once run by BHF at Nailsea High Street
Found - two lost dogs
Pippa the poodle dog got out through a garden gate and went walkabouts on Backwell Common.
Pictured top wearing a blue and white collar he was found and taken to Golden Valley vets.
Pam White said: "What a sweet dog.
"Hope you find its owner soon; they must be so worried."
Thankfully Pippa was recognised by a Nailsea People Facebook page reader and soon reunited.
The other photo is her back home chewing her chew.
Ivan the Alsatian also went missing in Brockley Combe woods on the same day.
Owner Becky Durbin said: "He has been found!
"Thank you so much for everyone for all your help and hard work, you are all amazing."
Pets in park for fun day
Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary annual fun day at Ashton Court Estate on Sunday, September 8, was a great success.
Nailsea volunteer Jacqui Nelson was manning one of the stalls and organised the photos for us in the slideshow.
She said there is certainly no shortage of attractions.
From the fun dog show to the ultimate Ninja Warrior dog activity zone it was a pet lovers paradise.
There was also a photo entry cat show, children’s activities, doggie games, refreshments and agility demonstrations from South West Dog Skills to a market place, brimming with everything from fine foods to beautiful artwork and homeware.
The top raffle prizes included £100 cash, Indi Mountain Bike, afternoon tea for two at your choice from more than 400 venues and portable TV.
The profits from the fun day together with support from the Nailsea charity shop will be going to towards building improvements at Barrow Gurney.
Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuaryrescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs.
It replies on its supporters to keep the kennel and cattery doors open which costs approximately £650,000 every year to run – that’s more than £1,780 each and every single day.
TOP DOGS: A six week course on Wednesdays, from September 25-October 30 at Golden Valley Vets by Nick's Pet Services. This course will go through all of the basics covering sits and downs, helping your puppy to settle in their bed, loose lead walking and recall. Also helpful advice on how to toilet train your puppy with minimal stress for you and how to help your puppy during the biting phase, along with the best ways to socialise your puppy with the world around them. For more details click HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAK TO BEAK: Hot Fuzz police officer captures poorly bird doing walkabouts in Moorfield Road. The swan wasn’t well enough to return to Backwell Lake and is being cared for at Secret World animal sanctuary. Nailsea People Facebook page collected donations for its care...
Dog owners alert
A wicked person is trying to poison pets walking in a Nailsea park.
The linear park which runs behind Kingshill Church School at Pound has been in the news already this week with the overnight stay of a group of travellers.
This incident however is not connected.
A resident walking in the area on Sunday night found eight pieces of raw meat coated in chilli, together with a raw chicken breast that was covered in a white powder and some cooked chicken.
The meat which had been sprinkled in dog treats was left at the bottom of a hedge at the back of the school.
The person who found the items said: "I have removed all I can see but there may be some further in the bushes that I have missed.
"Please keep an eye on your dogs when using the park."
She believes similar incidents have been reported in other areas.Ian Jenkins said he found lots of pieces of unchewed chewing gum- xylitol - which is used in sugar free gums and is poisonous for dogs on the footpaths through the fields off Watery Lane/Causeway.
Ian said: "This lot was collected and disposed of but it could be done again."
The police and local vets have been alerted and a warning posted on Nailsea People Facebook page.
PUPPY LOVE: Nick's Pet Services is running training classes for puppies (and their owners) from Wednesdays, July 3-August 8. 7.45-8.45pm. At Golden Valley Veterinary Hospital, Nailsea. The course costs £72 in total. No classes on Wednesdays July 17 and August 7. Click image to go to website.
WALKIES: This dog was spotted wandering on the fields at The Causeway, Nailsea on Saturday, May 25 - no news whether it has been reunited with owner but thought to live in Nightingale Gardens. It has a collar but no lead. Further updates on Nailsea People Facebook page.
DOG GONE CAT FOUND: The dog has been seen running past Noah's Ark Zoo Farm at Wraxall - and owners of many lookalike cats have ruled out this puss belonging to them. Further updates on Nailsea People Facebook page, posted Wednesday, May 22
Lost and found
Siamese cat from Nightgale Gardens
Within 20 minutes of this appeal going on the Nailsea People Facebook page Poppy the Siamese cat was found.
Here is what we said: ‘This is Poppy a friendly Siamese cat who has gone missing from her Nightingale Gardens, Nailsea, home.
She was last seen by her owner Lanna Vincent on Thursday, May 9, at approximately 7pm.
Lanna said: "She is very friendly and will come if called but will run away if chased.
"She also likes dogs and she likes to just walk into people's houses and sheds so please check these."
Poppy is chipped and neutered but isn't wearing a collar.
Lanna added: "We are getting increasingly worried about her."
Any sightings either leave a message in a comment box below or call 0758 499 1379.’
Oh the power of social media and thanks to everyone who helped.
BIG BIRD: Top Linford, the rhea, who was living on an Evesham golf course has a new home at Noah's Ark near Nailsea. Nicknamed Linford because of his speed on capture it was discovered 'he' is actually a 'she' and now goes by the moniker Lynn. Photo © Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. Read more about Lynn and the up and coming June birthday party looking for visitors photos from the past 20 years on the Noah's Ark page by clicking HERE
MOUNTED BEAT: On highway patrol in Nailsea this week were police horses Jubilee, Brunel and Rolo – did you see them? Shame the scaffolding on the Crown Glass Shopping Centre offices slightly spoiled the photograph but hopefully the refurbishments will be finished soon in time for the summer activities...
When we added this poster to Nailsea People Facebook page and said discuss more than 36 people discussed. The post reached nearly 9,000 and 104 reacted with an emoji. Here is a selection of the opinions expressed.
Hayley Gould said: "It would help if Nailsea (Town Council) didn't remove all its poo bins."
She stood corrected when councillor Rod Lees said it was North Somerset Council to blame.
Gwen Wolley asked: "Without bins, how difficult is it to take the poo bags home?"
To which Hayley replied: "It isn't and I do!
"But moving the bins is asking for lazy people to chuck the bags everywhere."
Rebecca Pomery worried: "I have a young child who loves to walk in the side undergrowth rather than the path."
And Rachel Ferguson said: "Oooooh, very controversial!"
Andrew Kelly said: "Rather flick than see poo bags hanging in the trees and shrubs."
Semira Kiss lamented: "Nice walk in the woodland stinking of poo."
Marian Alexandra said: "Pick it up, use a biodegradable bag and take it away - simple."
But then Merrion Popbet threw this quandery into the mix: "We don't bag up badger and fox poo.
"Fox poo stinks !
"I'm all for pushing it under leaves at the side.
"Raw feed your dog then their poo won't smell and will be like chalk in days."
Muredach Diamond added: "If you are too lazy to bag it and keep woods safe for kids dont get a dog, simple."
There were lots more comments but we will endwith Steve Lewis who said: " The way forward I believe, will be promoting the use of flushable dog poo bags - when their price becomes more affordable."
LOST: Laura Thayer said: "My cat is new to Nailsea and has only been going out for the past week or so. She hasn’t been seen since last night - Sunday. I know it’s not long but now getting concerned. She is around The Perrings area. She is microchipped and is called Mila. She is very friendly and will come if called. Anyone in the area please can you check garages/sheds.' Hopefully she is just exploring."
FOUND: Female ferret found in Backwell area over the weekend, very friendly. Any information please contact Backwell Vets on 01275 462691.
Nailsea puppy training classes
A six week puppy class is running from Wednesday, April 10 at Golden Valley Veterninary Hospital, Nailsea.
Nick's Pet Services is hosting the training sessions which will cover the basics of sits and downs along with teaching loose lead walking, recall and the importance of play.
Nick said: "We will go through solutions to help with biting, chewing and how to help your puppy settle down and learn to relax around the home.
"We will play some fun self-control games to help with everyday life, but also to teach your puppy to listen to you when it gets really exciting whilst out on a walk.
F"amily members are welcome to come along as I believe that training a new puppy should be fun for everyone in the household.
"Only flat collars and my preference is to use a well fitted harness.
"Absolutely no choke chains or prong collars please and no extendable leads as they are difficult to hold while training.
"Please bring plenty of tasty treats with you, I find that cocktail sausages and chicken are a favourite with my dogs!
For more information on how to book click HERE.
DOG GONE: This little dog went walkabout on Sunday afternoon, March 17, in the Perrings area of Nailsea. A missing post on the Nailsea People Facebook page reached more that 10,000 people. Happily the white chihuahua which was chipped and belonging to Michelle Hodgson was found safe and sound. Michelle said: "She has been found. She is now asleep on my bed, safe back where she belongs, with her collar on. The only reason why she didn't have it on when she went missing was she rolled in fox poop the day before so was drying on the radiator after being washed." And while we are on the subject of walkie why not sign-up for the annual Rotary Nailsea & Backwell charity event and raise money for your favourite cause? To register click HERE.
TOP CAT: Alive and well and scavenging in Nailsea. Apparently this moggie has made its home on the Blackfriars Trading Estate, Nailsea, and is obviously being feed by people who work there. After we posted this photo taken by Lou Dann in February 2019 on our Nailsea People Facebook page she has been contacted by two cat charities offering to help. And many people have come forward to report stray cats in the town and equally lots of owners are still missing their pets. Nailsea People with your help is attempting to reuntied or rehome strays. Email email@example.com for further details.
FINDING TED: When Nailsea People posted on its Facebook page about a missing dog the post reached nearly 24,000. It was shared by an amazing 310 people and attracted 45 comments and 127 reactions. The original post said: 'Gorgeous Ted was spooked while out walking in Station Road, Nailsea at approximately 10.30am this morning. His owners are besides themselves - any sightings? Ted is still attached to his retractable lead.' Thankfully the story has a happy ending as within just a few hours later this post said: 'Update: Ted was found cowering behind the bins at Golden Valley Primary School and his ‘family’ send a big thank you to everyone who searched for him and shared Nailsea People FB post, xx.' If you were one of those who shared or went looking for Ted thank so much.
Knit piggy a pullover
To help post-operative pets to recover people are knitting jumpers for small animals and donating them to Golden Valley Veterinary Hospital.
Here is Gingernut the Guinea Pig modelling one of the hand-knitted jumpers donated by the mother of a veterinary nurse.
The jumpers do invaluable good keeping furry friends warm while recovering from their anaesthetics.
If you're a keen knitter and fancy knitting jumpers to fit a bunny rabbit, gerbil or guinea pig the vets at Nailsea Park would be happy to hear from you.
A dog is not just for presents at Christmas...
Aarons Pets which has three branches in North Somerset has presents for pooches in stock now.
The Nailsea shop is at 121 Station Road.
Aarons Pets opened its first store in Clevedon in 1993. It then went on to open its second in Nailsea in 2000. And the third shop opened at Portishead in July 2015. The shop was named after Aaron the dog belonging to owner Martin Young.
In its stores they stock a huge range of top brand named products for dogs, cats, small animals, wild and domestic birds, poultry, fish and reptiles.
And they offer a local delivery service.
The pet shop can also offer micro chipping by appointment at in-store or by home visit.
Dogs are welcome to the stores to be fitted with a harness, dog coat, choosing their own toy or just to be made a fuss of and there are dog scales inside the shops.
Nick's Pet Services is running a six week puppy training course on Wednesdays at Golden Valley Veterinary Hospital at Nailsea Park.
The training begins on Wednesday, October 24.
Sessions starts at 6.30-7.30pm and costs £72.
Click HERE for more information.
Nick runs a local pet service offering dog walking and pet visits covering Nailsea, Backwell, Wraxall, Tickenham, Clevedon, Yatton, Claverham, Congresbury and Cleeve.
Missing Nailsea pets
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any sightings or leave a message on the Nailsea People Facebook page - thanks.
UPDATE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 26: Alan has been found. Owner Ben Caddoo-Frost said: "Thank you all for you kind help we have found him and he’s having treatment for a abyss from a bite and dehydration!" A pet lover in Engine Lane spotted the cat in her garden and took him indoors while Ben was located.
UPDATE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 25: Newcomer to Nailsea Ben Caddoo-Frost who lives in the Hazelboury Road area said: "Our beloved black and white eight year old cat Alan has been missing for several days. He is chipped and chopped and we are besides ourself with worry. He managed to de-collared himself the day before he went missing without his new collar. This is completely out of character he doesn’t normally wander far. Alan has a very thick coat but is actually not very large underneath. He friendly to children and adults but Terrified of dogs and high pitched noises and is not very fond of the rain."
UPDATE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 20: Laura McNeill is asking Nailsea People to look for Ted who has gone missing from his home at Riverway Nailsea. Ted has a green collar and name tag with black flea collar. Laura said: "Please check sheds and garages and share."
UPDATE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 18: Whoa, Mila is back after nine days missing. He returned 'very, very hungry' but otherwise in fine fettle.
UPDATE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 17: As you can see from photos some pets have been found and another added.
Emma Louise, of the Ridgeway, said her ginger and white cat called Jessie hasn’t come home since Christmas.
She said: “I’ve done door to door around my area and even contacted vets with no luck so if anyone has seen one similar or taken one in please get in touch.“
Emma Silkstone said: “Brodie the black and white cat is back home safely...fingers crossed for the other owners.“
Lindsay Hutchinson said: “I am pleased to report my Bengal cat has been found.
“He was found locked. In a house of some people who had gone on holiday!“
Kerry Williams said: “My dog Daisy the Jack Russell is still missing.
“So sadly missed by of us. We have offered a large reward for her safe return but still haven’t had any sightings.“
FIRST REPORT: Can you help reunite these Nailsea pets with their owners?
At last count we have one missing dog and three missing cats?
The Jack Russell bitch has gone missing from Tower House Lane. Any sightings call 0746 722 3910.
A much loved black and white cat of a nervous disposition called Brodie has gone walkabouts in the Brunel Road area of Nailsea.
From the Trendlewood area a Bengal cat named Alfie has uncharacteristically spent two or three nights on the tiles.
Alfie is microchipped.
Milo has been missing since Wednesday, August 8.
He is a mix of tabby and white.
His owners live near the Sawyers pub in Nailsea and are offering a reward of £100 for any information that leads to him being found.
Email email@example.com with any sightings.
All ask if people could check their sheds and garages, just in case.
For sale Doggy Popcorn
People love their pets and for a special treat Aaron Pets is now selling popcorn for pooches!
Doggy Popcorn is being stocked at the Station Road, Nailsea, store along with other pet food, treats and accessories.
According to The Statistics Portal 45 per cent of UK households have a pet.
The most popular pet is a dog with 26 per cent of people owning one.
The least owned common pet type is mice, with just 0.03 per cent of the population owning one.
Cats (18 per cent) are rated second in the popularity list followed by rabbits (two per cent), guinea pigs and hamsters both at one per cent.
Tortoises, turtles, lizards, snakes, chickens, horses, rats, ferrets, gerbils, spiders, pigeons, frogs and toads appeal to less than one per cent of the pet loving populace.
You can buy everything for your dog from specialised food, clothing, leads, beds and carriers, training aids to treats.
But be warned there is a long list of things you should never give your dog to eat or drink including alcohol, avocado, chocolate, coffee and caffeine, citrus fruits, coconut, grapes, raisins and certain nuts, milk and dairy products, onions, garlic, chives, raw/undercooked meat, eggs and bones, salt and salty snack foods and Xylitol a sweetener used in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste, yeast dough
Nailsea Patio Supplies is looking for someone to work a few hours daily with its rescued animals and poultry.
It has ponies, donkeys, goats and alpacas on its field at Station Approach between Nailsea and Backwell.
Duties would including mucking out, feeding, grooming and exercising the ponies.
Text Sandra Marshall on 0783 118 7240 for more details.
JUDGES ANNOUNCMENT: Holly Hedge general manager Sarah Schranz and Bristol City former goal keeper and coach David Coles. David will kindly be bringing along some signed football goods the fantastic raffle. Tickets £1 each available on the day and beforehand at Long Ashton Post Office and the community centre
Save the date
Dog dies from deadly infection at Clevedon
Pet owners have been put on alert after a dog from Clevedon died from a deadly bacterial infection.
In a statement, Vets4Pets, which is based at the Pets at Home store in Hither Green, said: “We’re very sad to report that we have had a confirmed fatality due to Leptospirosis.
“Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria that are sprea