Oak and Furrows wildlife charity to fund raise at Bishops Walk, Cirencester on 5th December

A charity that has already cared for 2,500 sick and injured wildlife this year at its reserve close to Cirencester will stage a major fund raising day during the town's Bishops Walk shopping arcade Christmas festivities on 5th December.

Oak and Furrows, founded in 1994 and newly situated at Blakehill Nature Reserve, Leigh, Ashton Keynes, hopes to raise significant funds towards urgent equipment and materials to further promote its vital work.

One major item required is a microscope with 400x magnification to allow the seven strong work team and the charity´s hard working volunteers to accurately analyse samples from stricken animals and to treat those suffering from specific parasites.

At present the charity uses a blanket style treatment, but this can be ineffective ,unnecessary and expensive. Funds may also be used for newsletters and leaflets to further encourage greater support for the great work of Oak and Fallows.

The move to Leigh was specifically to enable the charity to treat greater numbers of wildlife, as demonstrated by treatment figures rising from 2000 in 2014 to more than 2015 so far this year and more than 4,000 calls for help and advice from people who had discovered maimed wildlife.

With additional funds, including those it will be raised by the Bishops Walk day, the charity plans to offer further education on the UK's wildlife heritage and to carry out further expansion at Blakehill including

*More enclosures for mixed birds

*Consider the creation of an otter enclosure

*Complete a third animal shed together with landscaping and site maintenance. The charity is always seeking volunteers to fund raise with stalls at local events, money tin collections, sponsorship of events and assistance with projects.A full story of the work of Oak and Furrows, whose patrons are poet Pam Ayres and former broadcaster Daphne Neville, is told on the charity´s website at www.oandf.co.uk

Posted: 09/11/2015 19:08:30



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