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Animal and Land 19Oct 2015

Local kids get hands on with Hartpury’s crazy critters

Local kids get hands on with Hartpury’s crazy critters

Hartpury’s animal students recently helped to give Hartpury Primary School’s ‘Vets and Pets Week’ a real hands-on feel as they were invited to get up close and personal with some of the college’s amazing animal collection.

Reception Year pupils from Hartpury Primary were given the chance to spend a morning at Hartpury’s newly refurbished Animal Management Centre, holding and learning about a variety of animals from guinea pigs and rabbits to snakes and spiders.

Hartpury pupil, Chloe Griffiths, 4, said: “I really liked the guinea pig because I have one at home and I love stroking them because they’re so soft.”

Students also got the chance to hold and learn about the Duprasi, a member of the gerbil family usually found in the Northern Sahara region, and despite difficulty pronouncing it, Jessica Smith, 4, claimed it was her “favourite animal of the day”.

This was the first time Hartpury have run the event for Reception Year children, having previously run it successfully with Year Four and Five children. Away from the furry critters, some of the pupils showed their braver side as they handled a couple of snakes and right at the end, had a surprise meeting with Hartpury’s resident Tarantula.

Hartpury’s Head of Department for Animal Management, Grace Watkins, said: “It’s a great way to get the local kids in to do something different and see the variety of animals we have here. It’s brilliant to see kids so young getting so involved and hopefully we’ve helped them to learn something and maybe inspire some of them to want to work with animals once they grow up, though that’s a little way away yet!”

20 Sep 2016 Animal and Land

Funding boost to help give Tom an even brighter farming future

Agriculture degree student Tom Saunders, has become the second Hartpury recipient of the new Joe Henson bursary, aimed at helping aspiring agriculturalists to take their studies further.

07 Sep 2016 Animal and Land

Heaven opens gates to future in farming with bursary boost ahead of tug of war World Championships

Hartpury student Charlotte Heaven will be hoping a recent boost to her farming future will help spur her to victory as she competes for England at the World Tug of War Championships this week.

18 Aug 2016 Animal and Land

Students get set to meet Bruce, Wendy, Wonda and friends as new species wing their way into Hartpury’s magical menagerie!

From emus looking for love to coy crustaceans and even a dragon, Hartpury has experienced another animal explosion!

01 Jul 2016 Animal and Land

Kindergarten kids bring learning to life at Hartpury

Children from Hartpury Nursery enjoyed getting up close with Hartpury’s creepy and cuddly creatures this week.